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Mario Bauzá: The Legendary Mambo King and His Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra

*Editor's Pick - Essential Albums Revisited - The history of music of Afro-Cuban origin, music that begat Latin-Jazz cannot be told in 500 words, not...
Ritmo Y Candela - Rhythms At The Crossroads - Patato Changuito Orestes

Ritmo y Candela – Rhythm at the Crossroads

Patato, Changuito, Orestes - Ritmo y Candela Put three mighty Cuban percussionists together at any time and the unquenchable fire of creativity is bound to...

Pancho Quinto: Rumba Sin Fronteras

Few drummers have had such a profound effect on Cuban music as Pancho Quinto. Superlatives are often risqué in music, but suffice it to...

Dave Bass: NYC Sessions

The road to the NYC Sessions has been a long and painful one. He almost never played piano again after a freak accident. Thank God he got better and...

Ray Mantilla – The Connection

Ray Mantilla may be better remembered for his being one of the founding members of Max Roach’s legendary drum ensemble, M’Boom, but in reality...

Enrique Fernandez – Cantos del Sexto Sol (Round Whirled 2011)

There is a visceral intensity to Cantos Del Sexto Col, the fiery album by reeds and woodwinds maestro Enrique Fernandez. This comes from the ferocious viscosity that swirls and swaggers in what appears to be a myriad of layers of sounds emerging from the instruments he plays, seemingly all at once. Each is annunciated with an apocalyptic shout and all meld with molten splendour into a soup of idiomatic musical dialects—spiritual and profane [...]