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Samuel Torres: Alegria

Samuel Torres: Alegría

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Pianist, Composer Manuel Valera

Manuel Valera New Cuban Express Big Band to Release New Album

Pianist/Composer Manuel Valera and his New Cuban Express Big Band to release new recording: “José Martí En Nueva York” (Greenleaf Music) (VOICE): Camila Meza, Sofia...
Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba: Hallowed

Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba: Hallowed

Of all of the utterly unique aspects of the music of Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba, some are more breathtaking than everything else. Firstly, to...

Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn: Second Half

In many ways “great music”—indeed—great art—just seems to “happen.” But artists have also variously described the process as a cataclysmic...

Miguel Zenón: Identities Are Changeable

What does it mean “to belong”? The Webster suggests that it is a verb that is defined as “to have or be in a...

NYC Winter Jazz Fest 2014 Report

Michele Rosewoman and New Yor-Uba Live at the Bitter End NYC Winter Jazz Fest 2014 Report - January 11, 2014 Report By NY Co-Editor, Tomas Peña In...

Paul Carlon – La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing: A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn

What on earth would Billy Strayhorn think of La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing? It is, after all, a somewhat irreverent tribute—the music is relocated from its original big band setting into the Latin realm...

AfroBop Alliance: Una Más

There is a sensuous, almost bordering on lustful, quality to the music on Una Más by the big band, AfroBop Alliance. Not that it is a bad thing at all; quite the contrary, the viscosity of the music is a result of the molten mix of bronzed horns and beautifully clouded woodwinds with elementally raw drums and percussion. The result is a saffron-coloured paella of swirling contra-danzas and soaring son-montuno and on event, a wistful bolero [...]