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2012 Carolina International Jazz Fest Report

The theme for the 8th edition of the Carolina International Jazz Festival was "Carolina Swings". Report and Photographs by Wilbert Sostre There are two definitions in...

Swing en 4 – Zumba que Zumba

With a complexity and variations of rhythms, there is always a balance of surprise and coherence in the music of Zumba que Zumba. The...

William Johnson – Flor de Vida/Flower of Life

William Johnson's release Flor de Vida/Flower of Life contains a good dose of latin influenced fused smooth jazz. Except for the track “Discovery”, all...

Iguazú Acoustic Trio – Rubio

A vivid sound with a style compounded of elegance and full of unexpected detail, that is the music of Iguazú Acoustic Trio. The...

Yolanda Duke – Many Moods

The sounds of the Latin Big Bands of the 1950’s blends with the Great American Songbook on Yolanda Duke Manny Moods, an album dedicated...

2012 Ponce International Jazz Festival

The first edition of the Ponce International Jazz Festival, organized by Wanda Borrero and the radio station Vid 90.3, was a success. Three days...

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...

Jazz in Puerto Rico

Even those with knowledge in jazz history may be surprised to learn about the great contribution of Puerto Rican musicians to this genre. The first...

IL’ Jazz Club – San Juan, Puerto Rico

En octubre 15 del 2009 tuve la oportunidad de visitar Il' Jazz Club en su localización original, la Avenida Ponce de León, Rio Piedras. En aquella ocasión se presentaba el guitarrista Jorge Laboy, acompañado por Samuel Morales en el bajo y Efrain Martinez. Recuerdo haber pensado que al fin se lograba lo que todo amante del Jazz habia esperado, un local fijo en donde escuchar buena música todas las semanas. Sin embargo, por lo limitado del espacio [...]

Puerto Rico Jazz Jam 2012

Review and photographs by Wilbert Sostre Friday, January 27 It was an exciting opening night for the third edition of the Puerto Rico Jazz Jam, an...

Peter MacDonough – The Woo (Self produced – 2010)

The whole concept of Peter MacDonough's album The Woo: A Latin Jazz Suite for Soprano Saxophone, from the cover art to the name of the songs is based on the movie The Wizard of Oz. Reinterpretations of movie songs is not something new in jazz, John Coltrane did it with My Favorite Things, a song from The Sound of Music. But what MacDonough did here is a Latin Jazz version of a complete movie soundtrack. And just as Coltrane did on My Favorite Things [...]

Rick Arroyo – Mr. P (Arroyando Music – 2011)

Born in Bronx, NY, multi instrumentalist Rick Arroyo began playing piano at the age of 9, drums at age 11, congas, vibraphone at the age of 14 and has worked with some of the best Latin jazz musicians in the US. All that experience shows on his album Mr. P. The album starts with "Mr. P", dedicated to master Puerto Rican pianist Eddie Palmieri. The "afinque" on this piece (afinque means playing tight) is reminiscent of the glory days of salsa music [...]

More Noteworthy Recordings of 2011

Most fans, even aficionados of contemporary music, still only vaguely know the great trumpeter Claudio Roditi as the “Brazilian who joined Arturo Sandoval in Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra”. It is a pity that Roditi’s musical reputation rests on so narrow a spectrum in his enormous musical career. Few know, for instance, that Roditi was one of the first Brazilian musicians to relocate in the United States of America: in 1970 as a matter of fact [...]