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Ethiel Faílde and Orquesta Faílde - Faílde con Tumbao

Orquesta Faílde: Faílde con Tumbao

Eight years have passed since Ethiel Faílde (he's the great-great-nephew of the musical creator of the danzón Miguel Faílde) and a group of talented...
Hermanos Arango: Bendita Guanabacoa

Hermanos Arango: Bendita Guanabacoa

Guanabacoa, home of the Cuban musical icons – Ernesto Lecuona, Rita Montaner, Bola de Nieve – the legendary composer, writer and actress as well...
Omara Portuondo, Ethiel Faílde

Ethiel Faílde: Keeper of the Flame of Danzón

Did Miguel Faílde (1852-1921) create or even “consciously stumble” upon (both better epithet than “invented”) the now-iconic danzón dance form that Cuba gave the...
Cuban Sax Quintet: Saxofones Live Sessions

Cuban Sax Quintet: Saxofones Live Sessions

Music played by ensembles comprising exclusively by saxophones became a phenomenon in Jazz with the World Saxophone Quartet. The group was founded in 1977...
Eduardo Sandoval: Más Trombón Que Nunca

Eduardo Sandoval: Más Trombón Que Nunca

Editor's Pick · Featured Album Of all of the brass and reed instruments played in music, somehow the trombone can be made to sound most...

Alberto Lescay & Formas: Escape

The title Escape has an intriguing ring to it. Escape from what, you might ask? And then the music begins and you get the...

Generoso “Tojo” Jiménez: Trombón Majadero

This 2007 reissue of two classic albums from the inimitable Cuban trombonist Generoso “Tojo” Jiménez bookends five years between 1969 and 1965. Entitled ...

Chucho Valdés & Irakere: A 2-CD Retrospective

While you might have to wait until “My Reverie” on Disc Two to experience the full virtuosity of leader and pianist Chucho Valdés, it’s...
Armando Romeu: Primer Concierto de la Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna

Armando Romeu: 1er Concierto de la Orq Cubana de Música Moderna

The Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna was one of the early swing bands that rocked Cuba and it’s hardly surprising why. The big band...
Hilario Durán "Contumbao" - photo by Danilo Navas

Contumbao receives JUNO Awards nomination – Jazz Album: Solo

Pianist, composer, arranger Hilario Durán makes a triumphant musical homecoming on his new album Contumbao. Recorded in the historic Egrem Studios in Havana, Cuba...
Eduardo Sandoval: Caminos Abiertos

Eduardo Sandoval: Caminos Abiertos

The trombone should not really be considered a relatively unfamiliar instrument in Cuban music. After all the proximity of African-centric cultures between Havana and...

Maite Hontelé ft. Orquesta Aragón – Casi Muero

"Casi Muero" with Orquesta Aragón, first single from Cuba Linda, Maite Hontelé's fifth album recorded at Egrem in Havana Cuba, mixed and mastered at...
El Septeto Santiagero - Raiz

El Septeto Santiaguero Presents: Raíz

As the footprint and influence of Africa appears to expand into Caribbean and American music, even as the world seems to shrink, we find...

Cachao y su Ritmo Caliente: Descargas

Essential Albums Revisited (5 Stars - Editor's Pick) Cachao's Cuban Jam Sessions in Miniature "Descargas" Depending on who you talk to, Cachao ‘invented’ the Descarga –...

Estrellas de Areito: Los Héroes

Although much of the world was welcoming of Cuba after the Revolution and although many artists did flee the country for a new world of freedom and...