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Alex Conde

New Release by Alex Conde: Origins

ORIGINS by Alex Conde ORIGINS is a fusion album from the roots and elements of flamenco (bulerías, soleáres), afro-cuban (guaguancó and rumba) and american jazz...
Dongfeng Liu

Dongfeng Liu to Release “China Caribe” on Zoho Music

Rare is the occasion when an artist arrives on the scene who fundamentally reawakens your understanding not just of music but world history, common...
New Cuban Express and Steven Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet

New Cuban Express & Steven Kroon Sextet at Hostos Center

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture presents an exciting double bill of contemporary Latin jazz with the Grammy-nominated New Cuban Express featuring some...

Hector Martignon’s Banda Grande: The Big Band Theory

Editor's Pick · Album of the Month · Big Bands are an endangered species. So it is with great excitement that one welcomes Hector Martignon’s...

William Cepeda AfroRican Jazz: My Roots And Beyond

Essential Albums Revisited (5 Stars - Editor's Pick) William Cepeda AfroRican Jazz: My Roots And Beyond At first blush one might feel that William Cepeda AfroRican...

Letizia Gambi: Blue Monday

This debut performance on record by Letizia Gambi will be remembered for a very, very long time. What is striking is that this marvellous...

Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet: 10

A decade ago Gabriel Alegría called upon his drummer-friend, Hugo Alcázar, to make a record where the music of the coastal part of Perú...

Gian-Carla Tisera & Elio Villafranca: Nora la Bella

Nora la Bella may not be the only recording where an operatic soprano has made a crossover from the classical realm into music of...

Gian-Carla Tisera Releases “Nora La Bella”

Bolivian Vocalist Gian-Carla Tisera Releases "Nora la Bella," August 19 - Showcases Operatic Roots and Creates Latin American Folklore and Jazz Inspired Album Stream Tracks From...

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...

Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express: Expectativas

Manuel Valera and New Cuban Express seem to have picked up from where they left off. Their album Expectativas has the same vigor and...

Buika – La noche más larga

There is an aspect of vocalastics in a rarified realm that when attained by the singer, replaces earthly country and heritage with the whole...

Manuel Valera and New Cuban Express at the Jazz Standard on Nov 6th

On Wednesday, November 6th, 2013, at 7:30PM and 9:30PM, Cuban Pianist, Composer and Bandleader Manuel Valera and his New Cuban Express are celebrating the...
Buika - La Noche Mas Larga

Buika – La Noche Más Larga

In a recent interview Buika said “I want what Charlie Parker has, I want eternity”. Well, just like Bird, Coltrane, Miles or any other...

Pedrito Martínez – Rumba de la Isla

Pedrito Martínez and his Rumba de la Isla, A Tribute to Maestro Camarón Rumba de la Isla is the new album that Pedrito Martínez, the...

Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet: Ciudad de los Reyes

“Once again this exciting ensemble does a star turn as it brings to life the wild and burgeoning rhythm of the...

Manuel Valera: New Cuban Express

This album, New Cuban Express is Cuban-American pianist, Manuel Valera’s attempt to redefine his relationship with Cuban music including the classic Cuban son and bolero...

John Benítez: Purpose

Eclectic might be a good word to describe the music on Purpose. This is the new release by Puerto Rican Grammy Award winning bass...

John Benitez at the congahead studio

Legendary bassist, John Benitez with a powerhouse band at the congahead.com studio, performing his original compositions: Rumba, Purpose, Bomba Lírica and Pureza. The group...

Catching Up with Percussionist, Composer, Arranger Samuel Torres

My grandfather, Manuel Martinez was a trombone player. He came from a small town in southern Colombia near Ecuador. At the age of fourteen he escaped from the Ecuadorian army and he traveled throughout the Caribbean during the 1930s and 1940s. Before returning to Colombia he picked up a lot of musical influences. My grandmother was a self-taught musician and my uncle, Francisco Martinez, who is the father of (pianist, composer, arranger) Edy Martinez [...]
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