Roberto Fonseca – Yo

This recording, "Yo" by Roberto Fonseca appears to be his most visceral work of music so far. Despite having a high musical intellect and striving for a cerebral approach to music—which to a certain extent is true of this record...

Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Suite Caminos

Gonzalo Rubalcaba has sojourned all over the topography of music ever since his performing days in Cuba and the rest of the world, and...

Florencia González Big Band – Woman Dreaming of Escape

Not many musicians—and even fewer women musicians—have a talent that enables them to write for...

Weber Iago – Adventure Music Piano Masters Series Vol. 3

According to the legend on the CD jacket, the Adventure Music Piano Masters Series was created by the label’s producers, Jim Luce and Richard...

Venissa Santi: Bienvenida

The high art of this record, Bienvenida is no accident. This is because its principal performer is the miracle behind it all. Venissa Santi is one of those supremely talented new vocalists who blazes, comet-like, across the musical horizon, but once in a lifetime. She joins the likes of Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, Sheila Jordan, Elis, Rosa, Celia, Flora Purim and fewer others [...]

Poncho Sánchez and His Latin Jazz Band: Live in Hollywood

Poncho Sánchez’s established his pedigree very early in life, performing with Cal Tjader—who invited him for just one set in 1975, and with whom...
Juan Carlos Polo - Insomnio

Juan Carlos Polo Presents: Insomnio

Juan Carlos Polo is a Peruvian drummer who has come to meld Jazz improvisation techniques into his drumming and makes a fine display of...

Luis Muñoz – Luz

It is the simple and sheer beauty of the melodic musicality of Luis Muñoz that is so powerful that these qualities captivate the senses....

Cuban Jazz Train featuring Calixto Oviedo: Cómo Suena

This is exactly how you would expect Afro-Cuban music to sound in this day and age; romantic but without an ounce of sentimentality, which,...
Alex Diaz & Santo Domingo Afrojazz Organic Merengue

Alex Diaz & Santo Domingo Afrojazz: Organic Merengue

One important aspect of the music on this disc that strikes you almost immediately is that a Hammond B3 organ is melded in with...

Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Fé/Faith

The thin line between theology and art was blurred in ancient times and this was manifested in the Psalms and in the Song of Solomon—both forms of poetry set to music and completely absorbed by devotion, praise and worship. What characterized this form of poetry and music was the complete surrender of the intellect to the soul. Thus the utter beauty of this art was able to shine with sheer passion and soaring spirituality. This is what characterizes [...]

Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel: San Francisco

It matters not on which coast music is made in that idiom conveniently referred to as Latin Jazz, when the music has the kind of visceral energy that can be found on "San Francisco" by Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz...

Mark Weinstein: Latin Jazz Underground

Mark Weinstein’s Tales from the Earth (Otá Records, 2009) was his finest album until now. This recording, Latin Jazz Underground, also seemingly an oblique...

Bobby Carcassés: De La Habana a Nueva York

The insane revelry of the guaguancó kicks off De La Habana a Nueva York, and produces a blue flame of energy from an all,...

Carmen Cuesta: Toda Una Vida

There is a quiet, almost invisible blue flame that burns brightly when Carmen Cuesta pronounces the words in the lyrics of her songs. She...

Valeria Matzner: Anima

Looking at the package for this album by the Uruguayan-born Canadian musician Valeria Matzner one might be tempted to think that the eight songs...

Trio da Paz: 30

This is the quintessential Brasilian trio, a power trio if ever there was one, featuring Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta and Duduka Da Fonseca. The...
Dongfeng Liu: China Caribe

Dongfeng Liu: China Caribe

We are very familiar with the slew of prodigiously gifted Chinese pianists (and other instrumentalists) who have become renowned all over the world for...

Aguabella – Baker Gateway to Death Valley

Take away the soul from a body and there is nothing left of it. This could easily have been the way that Aguabella...

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