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Bobby Valentin & The LJs: Mind of a Master

Bobby Valentin & The LJs: Mind of a Master

One of the most iconic images of the Tropical/Salsa genre has been the fiery fingers of Bobby Valentin attacking the fret board of his...
Alex Diaz & Santo Domingo Afrojazz Organic Merengue

Alex Diaz & Santo Domingo Afrojazz: Organic Merengue

One important aspect of the music on this disc that strikes you almost immediately is that a Hammond B3 organ is melded in with...
Ray Mantilla: High Voltage

Ray Mantilla Presents: High Voltage

In 1932, Duke Ellington wrote one of the most famous songs, one that has not only endured for decades but might also be held...

Doug Beavers: Titanes del Trombón

The Battle has begun, the Battle of… Titans! The Grammy Award winner Doug Beavers brings us his exquisite, new album, Titanes del Trombón, a tremendous...

NYC Latin On Lex: A Latin Jazz Fest

"The Y is a first rank cultural institution, and it’s an honor and a privilege to help them with this new festival, and hopefully serve as a bridge..."

Ray Mantilla and Ali Bello by Andrew James

Jazz Photographer Andrew James Presents Ali Bello & The Sweet Wire Band at the New Haven Jazz Fest 2014 and the Ray Mantilla Ensemble...
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - The Offense of the Drum

Arturo O’Farrill and ALJO: The Offense of the Drum

It has been authoritatively stated that Chico O’Farrill was one of the most important composers and big band arrangers and conductors in the idioms...

Best Latin Jazz Albums of 2013 – Part II

First of all my apologies for taking so long to publish the second part of my Best Latin Jazz Albums of 2013. Some of...

Alex Díaz: Number Seven

The first thing that becomes obvious about Alex Díaz’s beguilingly titled album, Number Seven is that its music is extremely forthright. A number of...

Iván Renta: Take Off A Musical Odyssey

If a musical odyssey takes place when tenor saxophonist Iván Renta divests himself from one of several ensembles he participates in, to finally record...

Honoring and Remembering one of the Greatest Latin Jazz Musicians: “El Comandante” Mario Rivera

WHO: The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance presents GRAMMY winners Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra...

Chembo Corniel: Afro Blue Monk

To pay tribute to Mongo Santamaría and Thelonious Monk, two legendary musicians of this or any era is challenge enough; but to pay tribute...
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - 40 Acres and a Burro

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: 40 Acres and a Burro

There may be a tongue-in-cheek aspect to Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s album, 40 Acres and a Burro (Zoho Music -...

Steve Pouchie – El Puente (The Bridge) (Self Produced – 2010)

It is altogether a special virtue to make an album that features music delightful to listen to as well as to feel an irresistible urge to get up and dance to when the first chords are struck. This is exactly what Steve Pouchie has done with El Puente. From the outset the vibraphonist draws a direct line in his musical lineage from Cal Tjader and Dave Samuels. There is that swaggering bluesy influence of Milt Jackson that may sometimes peep through [...]

Brian Lynch Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra: Bolero Nights (for Billie Holliday)

For a fleeting moment -just one fleeting moment- it appears to be a bit of a stretch putting "bolero" and Billie Holiday together...

Chembo Corniel: Things I Wanted To Do

There is nothing like a swinging, stomping Latin-Jazz record laden with sensuous clave and robust horns and relentless, driving percussion to stir the senses....

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