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Elio Villafranca: Epic Journey in search of Cinque

Elio Villafranca: Epic Journey in search of Cinque

There has always been a healthy restlessness to Elio Villafranca. When I spoke to him in February 2015 he was about to debut a...
Elio Villafranca - Cinque

Elio Villafranca: Cinque

The record package itself for Cinque is modest, but oddly impressive; its black cover has the title and Mr Villafranca’s name hand lettered across...

Donald Vega: With Respect to Monty

Now this is something really special and it marks not simply a second disc for an iconic label, Resonance Records, which under the inspired...

Elio Villafranca Live: Caribbean Tinge

Editor Danilo Navas and New York Co-Editor Tomas Peña Discuss Elio Villafranca and The Jass Syncopators: Caribbean Tinge Live at Dizzy’s (Motema Music) TP: I...

Warren Wolf: Wolfgang

There is an everlasting quality about Warren Wolf’s recording, Wolfgang. If the ingenious vibraphone virtuoso should at all be diffident about his achievement here...

World Premiere of “Afro Latin Jazz Suite”

The Legendary Apollo Theater Commissions the World Premiere of GRAMMY® Award-Winning Pianist Arturo O'Farrill's "Afro Latin Jazz Suite" Featuring The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra,...

Ryan Truesdell – The Gil Evans Centennial Project

First, and probably most unique of all, was Evans’ capacity to “hear and discern” the sounds that swirled around his head. Here he in...

Donald Vega – Spiritual Nature

It takes probably three or four bars into the first song, “Scorpio,” on pianist Donald Vega’s Resonance album Spiritual Nature for a magical spell...

Donald Vega: Spiritual Nature Recording Sessions

Live behind the scenes videos from the Rising Jazz Stars Studios for Donald Vega's recording Spiritual Nature (Resonance Records - August 2012). "It's a...

Donald Vega to release “Spiritual Nature”

Donald Vega arrived in the U.S. from Nicaragua at the age of 14.  He spoke no English (except two words: “Bud Powell”) but quickly...

T.K. Blue: Latin Bird

The hypothesis that in Charlie “Bird” Parker’s music the cultures of the world collided may be new, even unheard of until now. The elemental polyrhythms of Africa were melded into the folk forms of America and both were glorified in the polyphony of European music as Bird soared. The alto saxophonist wrote and played like a pianist; sang like a choir of angels and broke endless boundaries creating a music so timeless and elastic that it will, no doubt, live forever [...]

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