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Azymuth: Telecommunications

This album, Telecommunications, is one of the most iconic recordings by Azymuth, the ineffably funky Brasilian trio....

Patato & Totico: A Seminal Recording

1968 saw the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy; black athletes staged a silent...

Bebo & Chucho: Juntos para Siempre

Human history – as Gilgamesh, Homeric epics, Biblical narratives and other sagas – will tell us, is...

Frank Emilio Flynn: Amor & Piano

The name of the great Cuban composer and pianist Frank Emilio Flynn bears similarities to that...

The Alegre All-Stars, Volume One (1961)

When producer, innovator, and self-described "extrovert of manic proportions and overachiever," Al Santiago heard Panart's Cuban Jam...

Cortijo’s Time Machine y su Máquina del Tiempo

Today, Cortijo & His Time Machine y su Máquina del Tiempo (Coco Records, 1974) is considered a...

Marlon Simon: The Music of Marlon Simon

Essential Albums Revisited***** It took a while for Marlon Simon to launch his celebrated career as a leader...

Cal Tjader, Eddie Palmieri: El Sonido Nuevo / The New Soul Sound

“The finest work to date is, without question, El Sonido Nuevo. Vocal music is jettisoned, thus revealing,...

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...

Patato: Masterpiece

Arguably the greatest Afro-Cuban percussionist that ever lived (bar Tata Güines, perhaps), Carlos “Patato” Valdés is, also...

Generoso “Tojo” Jiménez: Trombón Majadero

This 2007 reissue of two classic albums from the inimitable Cuban trombonist Generoso “Tojo” Jiménez bookends five...

Chucho Valdés & Irakere: A 2-CD Retrospective

While you might have to wait until “My Reverie” on Disc Two to experience the full virtuosity...

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