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Chiemi Nakai: Ascendant

Chiemi Nakai: Ascendant

Chiemi Nakai displays her remarkable piano chops with the heavy left hand tumbao while still managing to be delicately eloquent. Even when she is...
Gregor Huebner: Los Soñadores

Gregor Huebner: Los Soñadores

To listen to the voice of The Dreamers struggling against a manic administration in the 2019 White House is not too much to ask...
Calle Mambo Project: See The Light

Calle Mambo Project: See The Light

The drummer Chris Smith’s dream of making music a way of life has something of a fairytale quality to it and so does the...
Steven Kroon In Your Dreams

Steven Kroon · In Your Dreams

Steven Kroon is not only living the dream as one of the frontline percussionist playing music in the Afro-Caribbean, Brasilian and Latin-Jazz styles, but...
Dave Valentin - Celebration of Life

Dave Valentin – Celebration of Life

MONDAY, JUNE 12th 6pm - SAINT PETER’S CHURCH 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th St. - New York, NY 10022 (Bronx, NY) A Musical Celebration of Life for the renowned...

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...

Mike Freeman ZonaVibe: Blue Tjade

It’s time to give Mike Freeman some respect. Actually it was some time ago. Freeman is a virtuoso mallet percussionist with a bright tone....

Gregor Huebner: El Violin Latino Volume 2

There is little doubt that the music of Brasil and Latin America must be in your very soul for you to speak its language;...

Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye: 20th Anniversary

That Ralph Irizarry’s percussion has found numerous champions attests to the timbalero’s ability to play in a well-crafted, idiomatic manner in wide-ranging, accessible and...

Mike Eckroth: Piano and Rhythm

Pianists who embark on Cuban music projects usually present them as traditional or modern, but rarely both. Mike Eckroth does both on his extraordinary...

Conrad Herwig: The Latin Side of Joe Henderson

The most interesting challenge in reinventing music that has already been invented in a particular idiom is not necessarily melodic. In fact it is almost certainly rhythmic. This is especially true if the idiom happens to be Latin ...

Rebel Tumbao: Rebel Tumbao

If good musical art is meant to find the listener catching his or her breath at its beauty, it is also meant to pierce...

Live at the Blue Note: Conrad Herwig

Conrad Herwig and the Latin Side All-Stars Pay Tribute to Horace Silver Conrad Herwig is no stranger to reimagining the work of seminal jazz musicians...

Steve Khan: Subtext (Subtexto en Azul)

Steve Khan has never been a shy guitarist, but in the commercial world he appears a bit diffident. This is probably why he makes...

Steven Kroon: On the #1

Steven Kroon’s bands have always been an exciting prospect. Lately his music has resembled a kind of sonic teeter-tooter. In the one hand the...

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...

Concert Review: A Night of Jazz For Dave Valentin

That was one helluva tribute they paid Mr. Dave Valentin at the Tarrytown Music Hall on Thursday, November 7th! Concert Review by Chico Alvarez Peraza,...

Ronnie Cuber – Live at Jazzfest Berlin

"The power and sassiness of Ronnie Cuber’s playing is captured by the breathtaking manner in which he is able to imbue the notes he...

Mike Freeman Zona Vibe – The Vibesman

There are two exciting aspects to Mike “The Vibesman” Freeman; both are related to each other. But first: There is his elegant facility with...