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Q&A with David Sánchez about his album CARIB

As a follow up to our Carib album review we present a Q&A with David Sánchez expanding on some topics around this wonderful project,...

Artist Profile: David Sánchez

GRAMMY® award-winner David Sánchez is recognized around the world as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation. His mastery of the instrument is...
David Sánchez: Carib

David Sánchez: Carib

The words “profoundly beautiful” are often used to describe works of art, but often some works appear to give new meaning to those words...
David Sánchez

David Sánchez to Release New Album “Carib” in June

A Grammy-winning saxophonist and member of the SFJAZZ Collective, David Sánchez presents his newest project, Carib – a deeply personal journey using modern jazz...

Ray Barretto: Standards Rican-ditioned

This album Standards Rican-ditioned by Ray Barretto has a very special – albeit tragic – place in the history and in the everlasting...
Etienne Charles - Carnival - The Soul of a People

Etienne Charles: Carnival – The Sound of a People Vol. 1

Etienne Charles has added an important opus to the literature of contemporary music with the release of Carnival – The Sound of a People...

Gabriel Vicéns Presents: Days

Gabriel Vicéns has a vivid and idiosyncratic affinity for the guitar as can be heard on Days, a disc that spans what might seem...

Ricky Rodriguez Group: Looking Beyond

Ricky Rodriguez has proved himself a bassist of exceptional agility and finesse in other musicians’ groups, notably in his work with Joe Locke and...
Rumbajazz - Tribute to Chombo Silva

Rumbajazz: Tribute to Chombo Silva

Chombo Silva performed in the legendary Cuban Jam Sessions and shared the stage with Machito, Ray Barretto, Johnny Pacheco, the Alegre-All Stars, Charlie Palmieri,...

Hilton Ruiz: Heroes

Although the extraordinary pianist Hilton Ruiz made many superb recordings in his short career, none is more iconic than Heroes and it is not...

Giovanni Hidalgo: Villa Hidalgo

Giovanni Hidalgo is just fifty-two years old, but he has been a professional percussionist for a little over forty years. This is remarkable. Very few percussionists, even those in the rest of...

Mario Castro Quintet: Estrella De Mar

For the uncontrived and unalloyed delights of string-writing melded with a third-stream-oriented contemporary quintet this—"Estrella De Mar"—is a recital of a rare and questing elegance. While the ears have become accustomed, in the course of...
Puerto Rico Music Conservatory Jazz Fest 2013

Puerto Rico Music Conservatory Jazz Fest 2013

Of all the Festivals celebrating the wonderful music of Jazz in Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory Jazz Fest is maybe my favorite....

Gabriel Vicéns – Point in Time

It is hard to believe just by listening to "Point in Time" that Gabriel Vicéns just graduated two years ago from the Music Conservatory...
Christian Scott, Stefon Harris, David Sanchez - Ninety Miles

Ninety Miles Live At Cubadisco

Perhaps better than any politician or diplomat, musicians - especially jazz musicians, whose craft is in many ways an improvised form of communication -...

More Noteworthy Recordings of 2011

Most fans, even aficionados of contemporary music, still only vaguely know the great trumpeter Claudio Roditi as the “Brazilian who joined Arturo Sandoval in Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra”. It is a pity that Roditi’s musical reputation rests on so narrow a spectrum in his enormous musical career. Few know, for instance, that Roditi was one of the first Brazilian musicians to relocate in the United States of America: in 1970 as a matter of fact [...]

Reencuentros: Maraca and his Latin Jazz All Stars

Flutist, Orlando Valle, known to his followers as, “MARACA,” grew up in a musical environment. He took up the flute at an early age...

Jovino Santos Neto – Veja o Som/See the Sound (Adventure Music)

There comes a time in the life of a pianist, when the lure of a solo project is strong and he or she inevitably gives in. Having thus satisfied the yearning the musician is struck by an even more daunting task: the thought of a duo program, made even more alluring when there is an opportunity to duet with more than one musician and instrumentalist. Such an extravagance is rarely passed up so it is no surprise to find the wonderful world of pianist Jovino [...]