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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...

Marlon Simon and The Nagual Spirits: Rumba a la Patato

Essential Albums Revisited There are many reasons why it is a remarkable travesty of justice that the celebrated...

Various Artists: The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions

There is much anecdotal evidence – some of it apocryphal – that the Cubans brought a diabolical...

Ray Barretto: Standards Rican-ditioned

This album Standards Rican-ditioned by Ray Barretto has a very special – albeit tragic – place...

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