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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...
Descendants Afro-Rican Heritage

Drums for Descendants: Harlem Celebrates Puerto Rican Heritage Month

Harlem Celebrates Puerto Rican Heritage Month through the music of Afro-Rican Descendants  From the Mainland to the Homeland to New bands, Grammy Nominated Artists “Chembo”...
The Paul Carlon Trio - Tresillo

The Paul Carlon Trio: Tresillo

The idea for a ‘sans-chordal-instrument’ trio may have come to Paul Carlon from Sonny Rollins’ piano-less ensembles over a period of time, but that...
Joel LaRue Smith - The Motorman's Son

Joel LaRue Smith: The Motorman’s Son

Joel LaRue Smith is one of those rare pianists who has the ability to play proficiently in almost any musical scenario. Blessed with the...

Chembo Corniel Quintet: Land Of The Descendants

Editor's Pick · Album of the Month · It would be downright foolish to assume that just because Chembo Corniel fronts the quintet this album,...

Ray Vega: Boperation

For Bebop to work in the Latin realm it takes a very special talent with an uncanny ability to feel the flatted fifths in...

Artist Profile: Wilson “Chembo” Corniel

2009 GRAMMY NOMINEE Percussionist Wilson "Chembo" Corniel was born in Manhattan on November 22, 1953 of proud Puerto Rican parents and raised in the...

Ray Martinez: Legacy

This is a record several years in the making. You will find performances by the late Mario Rivera and Nestor Sánchez, as well as...

Bobby Sanabria Big Band: Live & in Clave

Sixteen years ago Bobby Sanabria took his Big Band on the road and when they were in Birdland on May 20 in 1999, the...

Steve Pouchie and His Latin Jazz Ensemble: North by Northeast

This album, North by Northeast is an infinitely sophisticated recording, full of romantic allusions from literature and film. If it suggests Alfred Hitchcock, it...

Paul Carlon – La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing: A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn

What on earth would Billy Strayhorn think of La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing? It is, after all, a somewhat irreverent tribute—the music is relocated from its original big band setting into the Latin realm...

Chembo Corniel: Afro Blue Monk

To pay tribute to Mongo Santamaría and Thelonious Monk, two legendary musicians of this or any era is challenge enough; but to pay tribute...