Paquito Hechavarría: Frankly

This album by the late pianist Paquito Hechavarría, Frankly was recorded in 2007 and released in 2009. Although it has been in circulation for just...

Laura Dreyer: Vida. Arte. Amor.

Every once and awhile an artist comes around to surprise everyone with the proficiency in an idiom naturally foreign to him or her. The...

Ithamara Koorax – Got To Be Real

The song selection and the effective use of the synthesizer on Ithamara Koorax new release "Got to be real" gives the album a vintage 70s feel. The first half of the album starting with the slow, sexy, smooth jazz arrangement...

Iguazú Acoustic Trio – Rubio

A vivid sound with a style compounded of elegance and full of unexpected detail, that is the music of Iguazú Acoustic Trio. The...
Palacio de la Rumba - Talking in Cuban

Palacio de la Rumba: Talking in Cuban

Australians in Cuba? That may well be so, yet this is a remarkable musical adventure that has resulted in a quite beautiful record and...
Cabani Jazz Project: Infrasonic

Cabanijazz Project: Infrasonic

With heat from the blue part of the flame – suggesting fire and, at times, ice – in ensemble and solo passages of Infrasonic...

Arturo Sandoval: Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You)

Of all the larger-than-life characters that filled the landscape of the arts in the world one musician...

Joan Torres’s All is Fused – Before

The name of the group says it all, the music of bassist Joan Torres’s All is Fused contains a perfect fusion of all Torres...
The Paul Carlon Trio - Tresillo

The Paul Carlon Trio: Tresillo

The idea for a ‘sans-chordal-instrument’ trio may have come to Paul Carlon from Sonny Rollins’ piano-less ensembles over a period of time, but that...

3 Cohens (Anat, Yuval, Avishai): Tightrope

To make this album, Tightrope, with virtually just reeds, woodwinds and brass takes courage. To pull it off requires a very large...

Antonio Adolfo & Carol Saboya – Lá e Cá (Self Produced – 2010)

Although Antonio Adolfo makes a point to explain his singular style as an amalgam of a very personal style with a distinct infusion of Brazilian phrasing, this may not be necessary at all. Adolfo’s sweeping, symphonic pianistic style and the immaculate sense of swagger is highly recognizable. His virtuoso piano playing echoes with the offbeat of the samba, the irreverent rattle of maracatu and flights of fanciful capoeira. These he incorporates into his often [...]

Flamenco Legend Tomatito at Koerner Hall

José Fernández Torres, better known as Tomatito (born in Almería, Spain in 1958), is one of the greatest living flamenco guitarist. He started his...

Juan García-Herreros – The Snow Owl: Normas

It is apocryphal that you can take the Colombian out of the Cumbia, but you can never take the Cumbia out of the Colombian....
Arturo Sandoval at Flato Markham Theatre

Feel The Heat: Arturo Sandoval at Flato Markham Theatre

Arturo Sandoval - Cuban Focus Series - March 23, 2019 Spring had arrived but you wouldn’t know it by the temperature outside. Only the billboard...

Cyrille Aimée: Let’s Get Lost

Cyrille Aimée sets a standard in vocal quality on Let’s Get Lost that is unlikely to be equalled for some time to come. The...

Manuel Valera and New Cuban Express: In Motion

What’s new in the idiom of jazz? The next generation of Cuban musicians have arrived. Look no further than what they have brought with...

César Orozco & Kamarata Jazz: No Limits for Tumbao

In his short note appended to the album No Limits for Tumbao César Orozco makes a case for the generous helping of Cuban and...

HeavyWeights Brass Band CD release

"I was lucky enough to make my way down from Orangeville (where?) to the big city on a Thursday night and attend what promised...

Bye-Ya! The Latin Jazz Quintet – Further Arrivals (Challenge 2010)

On Further Arrivals two forces of nature come together. One is the molten voice of Brian Lynch’s trumpet and the other is the very exciting European quartet that goes by the name: Bye-Ya! On the face of it this fine ensemble might appear to be a tribute to Thelonious Monk and, indeed, their chattering approach to music might well be the debt they owe to His Great Outness. However, the music dances to a Latin American rhythm and so, these three men and a woman [...]

Michael Simon: New York Encounter

It is not obvious that Michael Simon is a native of Venezuela, who owes as much to that tradition as he does to the...

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