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Luisito Quintero: 3rd Element

The incidence of percussionists playing music is far greater than musicians who happen to be percussionists. Luisito Quintero falls into the latter category. Luisito Quintero was born in Caracas...

From New York: Spanish Harlem Orchestra

The celebrated ensemble led by pianist and musical director Oscar Hernández has been in the limelight since 2002, when their debut recording, Un Gran...
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 -...

The Latin Giants of Jazz – Ven Baila Conmigo (Gigante Records 2009)

It is a daunting task to play in the idioms of jazz, salsa and mambo in a big band setting without the spirit of El Rey, Tito Puente in attendance. But timbalero and musical director, Jose Madera acquits himself with distinction on "Ven Baila Conmigo," this record that explodes with that special energy that Puente imparted to his excursions when he was alive [...]