Angel Roman & Mambo Blue: Finally Here

This disc has special significance for Angel Roman. It came as an epiphany twelve years after he had virtually played any music at all....

Mark Levine & The Latin Tinge – Off & On: The Music of Moacir...

If ever a record could be likened to a comet streaking across the musical stratosphere and a long time coming at that, this one...
Harold López-Nussa - El Viaje

Harold López-Nussa: El Viaje

As with all the previous albums of Harold López-Nussa, this Mack Avenue recording El Viaje attests to the young pianist’s remarkable technical polish and...

Alí Bello: Connection Caracas-New York

Connection Caracas—New York features the new Alí Bello. Gone is the flamboyance that marked his playing when he auditioned for the You Tube Symphony Orchestra 2011, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas...

Ayako Shirasaki – Some Other Time

I had the pleasure of discovering Ayako Shirasaki’s music when I wrote a review for her previous album recorded live in Hamburg. For those...
Espontáneo: The Abdala Sessions

Espontáneo: The Abdala Sessions

Espontáneo or spontaneity is the key reason why the world falls in love with Afro-Cuban music. From the trova tradition through to performances of...

Richie Zellon – Beatles: Afro-Peruvian Jazz Tribute

Covering Beatles music, while not a rarity, has either been a matter of artistic fawning, which is to say that the covering artist came...

Simetrio: Amanuense

There is something in the highly wrought alchemy of these musicians—pianist Lautaro Quevedo, bassist Marcelo Cordóba and drummer Carlos Cortés...
Gretchen Parlato - Live in NYC

Gretchen Parlato: Live in NYC

It is hard to listen to Gretchen Parlato without hearing something celestial in her singing. To be sure, she sings in a jazz idiom...

Carol Saboya: Carolina

In Brasil, among many other wonderful things, musician-families abound. Consider the Jobim, Caymmi and Assad… and you could probably find many other families where...

Raymond Torres-Santos: Antillano

The best performance here is an extraordinary rendition of Juan Tizol’s “Perdido”. Transferred to the piano’s upper register and played with rhythmic elegance, its...
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...
Sean Bellaviti and Conjunto Lacalu: Toronto Mambo

Sean Bellaviti Conjunto Lacalu: Toronto Mambo

If there is one place outside Cuba, El Barrio and the Bay Area, where African music survives and thrives it is in Toronto. This...
Duende Libre - Drift

Duende Libre: Drift

All but two of the songs heard on Drift have been composed by Alex Chadsey. They are attractive, alluring miniatures, often written in a...

Guelph Jazz Festival @ “19” & Going Strong

The Guelph Jazz Festival is always a treat, always offering up a taste of fresh innovative music. On this occasion the festival looked back...

Michel Nirenberg: Retrato/Portrait

Hard on the heels of the carioca, Leo Gandelman comes the infinitely younger carioca, Michel Nirenberg, a musician steeped in choro and samba. A...
Brenda Navarrete - Mi Mundo

Brenda Navarrete: Mi Mundo

The Afro-Cuban percussionist and singer, Brenda Navarrete is one of the best-kept secrets of her generation. However, now, thanks to producer extraordinaire and Alma...

Yolanda Duke: Te Llevo Bajo la Piel

This recording Te Llevo Bajo le Piel brings together the last orchestra of the great Tito Puente waxing eloquent behind one of the El...

Alex Conde: Descarga for Monk

The album Descarga for Monk is a rapturous flamenco record. Yes, it is Thelonious Monk. But it is also Alex Conde. The quintessential Alex Conde…

Brigitte Zarie: L’amour

Beautiful strings arrangements give way to the sensual voice of Brigitte Zarie on “Where there is love”, the first track of her new release...

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