Thursday, May 28, 2020

Sammy Figueroa: Imaginary World

If you are one among the group who considers Sammy Figueroa to be a percussionist’s percussionist you might as well count yourself in a...

Cachao y su Ritmo Caliente: Descargas

Essential Albums Revisited (5 Stars - Editor's Pick) Cachao's Cuban Jam Sessions in Miniature "Descargas" Depending on who you talk to, Cachao ‘invented’ the Descarga –...

Dave Liebman Presents: Ceremony

In 1987 Dave Liebman joined saxophonist Wayne Shorter, bassist Eddie Gómez, drummer Jack DeJohnette and pianist Richie Beirach in recording Live Under The Sky:...

Hilario Durán Trio: Motion

In his much-anticipated follow-up to the Grammy-nominated and Juno Award-winning Latin Big Band recording, From The Heart (Alma Records, 2008) the piano master, Hilario...
Los Rumberos de la Bahia

Los Rumberos de la Bahia · Mabagwe

If when listening to Mabagwe - A Tribute to "Los Mayores" by Los Rumberos de la Bahia you happen to feel that you are...
Lupa Santiago 4teto Ubuntu

Lupa Santiago 4teto Presents: Ubuntu

This celebration of the universality of relationships Ubuntu is, fittingly, brimful with vibrant music, not just from guitarist and leader, Lupa Santiago, and from...

Manuel Valera Trio: Live at Firehouse 12

This recording is a fascinating, satisfying live programme which brings together three of the most active, finest musicians in New York whose work...

Cachao: Master Sessions Volumes I & II

Israel “Cachao” López is one of those larger-than-life figures, a monumental Cuban musician. Although not as famous as Bebo Valdés, he was still one...
Roberto Occhipinti - Stabilimento

Roberto Occhipinti: Stabilimento

The powerful, sinuous pizzicato of Roberto Occhipinti has bellowed from the depths of Jane Bunnett’s and Hilario Durán’s bands for several decades. During that...
Sorte! Music by John Finbury ft. Thalma De Freitas

Sorte! – John Finbury ft. Thalma De Freitas

Editor's Pick · Featured Album Two albums into his worshipful “Brasilian sojourn” John Finbury has written six new songs that further declare his abject love...
3D Rhythm of Life: Fantasy

3D Rhythm of Life Presents: Fantasy

If only there was really a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow then the cover to Fantasy by 3D Rhythm of...

Daniel & Pancho Amat: Haciendo Son en Otro Jazz

Experimenting with the melding together of idiomatic musical languages can be touch-and-go. Strong musical “linguistic” characteristics can often ...

Warren Wolf: Wolfgang

There is an everlasting quality about Warren Wolf’s recording, Wolfgang. If the ingenious vibraphone virtuoso should at all be diffident about his achievement here...

Gabriel Espinosa & Hendrik Meurkens: Samba Little Samba

Hendrik Meurkens and Gabriel Espinosa have established a relationship that seems to allow them to make recordings as if they have known each other...

Colina Miralta Sambeat: Danza Guaná

The good news for connoisseurs of music that is as surprising as Jazz, mysterious as flamenco and the molten mix of these with every...
Paquito D'Rivera and The United Nation Orchestra: A Night in Englewood

Paquito D’Rivera and The United Nation Orchestra: A Night in Englewood

This album was made at the time after Paquito D’Rivera had inherited what was left of Dizzy Gillespie’s seminal United Nation Orchestra and just...

Miguel Zenón & The Rhythm Collective – Oye!!! Live in Puerto Rico

More than just a Jazz album, this is an historical document. Miguel Zenón & The Rhythm Collective Oye!!! Live in Puerto Rico was recorded...

Omar Sosa: Senses

Omar Sosa has not sounded so melancholy, so soulful and so spiritual than he does on Senses, a solo piano record that he has...

Ray Mantilla: High Voltage

In 1932, Duke Ellington wrote one of the most famous songs, one that has not only endured for decades but might also be held...
Chiemi Nakai: Ascendant

Chiemi Nakai: Ascendant

Chiemi Nakai displays her remarkable piano chops with the heavy left hand tumbao while still managing to be delicately eloquent. Even when she is...