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Lori Bell – The Music of Djavan (Resonance Records 2008)

Despite whatever misgivings the producers may have had with regard to this project, namely that that jazz project was centered on the music of Djavan, appears to be misguided. Perhaps Djavan, among the pantheon of Brasilian musicians is least “Jazzy” and more “pop” – a thesis that is somehow incomprehensible and even nonsensical [...]

Dayren Santamaria’s New Album: Belleza

"A violinist who tends towards relative introversion and a pianist who tends the other way. Put them together and something magical happens within the...

Gian-Carla Tisera & Elio Villafranca: Nora la Bella

Nora la Bella may not be the only recording where an operatic soprano has made a crossover from the classical realm into music of...

Alí Bello: Connection Caracas-New York

Connection Caracas—New York features the new Alí Bello. Gone is the flamboyance that marked his playing when he auditioned for the You Tube Symphony Orchestra 2011, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas...

Aguabella – Baker Gateway to Death Valley

Take away the soul from a body and there is nothing left of it. This could easily have been the way that Aguabella...
35 Festival Internacional Jazz Plaza 2020 De La Habana A Santiago - Opening Night: Tributo a Juan Formell y Los Van Van - Photo credit: Danilo Navas, Raul Da Gama

Jazz Plaza 2020: Abrazando la Cultura del Jazz

Capítulo 1 de la serie: Edición 35 del Festival Internacional Jazz Plaza en La Habana Autor: Raul da Gama / Traducción del inglés: Oscar Montagut La...
Yoruba Andabo at El Tablao - Havana, Cuba - Photo credit: Danilo Navas, Raul Da Gama

Jazz Plaza 2020: Ancient to the Future

Chapter four of our series: 35th Jazz Plaza International Festival in Havana In recent months I found myself in profound reflection of the term...
Arsenio Rodríguez and his conjunto in the 1940s

A Brief History of the Cuban Style Conjunto

1930: The Orquesta Típica is out and the Conjunto is in The year 1930 marked a turning point in the development of popular Cuban music....
Los Muñequitos de Matanzas at El Tablao in Havana. Photo credit: Danilo Navas

Jazz Plaza 2020: Speaking in Tongues

Chapter three of our series: 35th Jazz Plaza International Festival in Havana In 1972, former University of Toronto professor of Anthropology and Linguistics Michael J....
Callejón de Hamel - La Habana, Cuba

Jazz Plaza 2020: The Celebration of Otherness

Chapter two of our series: 35th Jazz Plaza International Festival in Havana The legendary French philosopher noted for his work in phenomenology Paul Ricœur, wrote...
35 Festival Internacional Jazz Plaza 2020 De La Habana A Santiago - Opening Night: Tributo a Juan Formell y Los Van Van - Photo credit: Danilo Navas, Raul Da Gama

Jazz Plaza 2020: Embracing the Culture of Jazz

Chapter one of our series: 35th Jazz Plaza International Festival in Havana Culture - the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation,...
Dave Bass: No Boundaries

Dave Bass: No Boundaries

The title – and music – suggests there are no boundaries between Jazz styles of music and Latin ones. On the music of No...

Generoso “Tojo” Jiménez: Trombón Majadero

This 2007 reissue of two classic albums from the inimitable Cuban trombonist Generoso “Tojo” Jiménez bookends five years between 1969 and 1965. Entitled ...
Yuri Juárez | Jhair Sala: Lima

Yuri Juárez | Jhair Sala: Lima

Yuri Juárez has been exploring music for the guitar in what he calls “música criolla”, broadly, the Afro-Peruvian cultural topography. Following his epic guitar...

Artist Profile: Michel Camilo

Michel Camilo was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He studied for 13 years at the National Conservatory earning a degree of Professorship in Music and...
Best Albums of 2018 part 2

Best Recordings of 2018 – Part 2

2018 was a very prolific year in terms of music being released. It was a year of excellency, in terms of great new music...
Best Albums of 2018 Part1

Best Recordings of 2018 – Part 1

2018 was a very prolific year in terms of music being released. It was a year of excellency, in terms of great new music...
Etienne Charles - Carnival - The Soul of a People

Etienne Charles: Carnival – The Sound of a People Vol. 1

Etienne Charles has added an important opus to the literature of contemporary music with the release of Carnival – The Sound of a People...
Eddie Palmieri - Mi Luz Mayor

Eddie Palmieri: Mi Luz Mayor

The spiritual nature of Mi Luz Mayor, with its metaphor of "The Light" is a magnificent big band recording by Eddie Palmieri and may...
Bobby Sanabria and the Multiverse Band - West Side Story

Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story (Reimagined)

Jerome Robbins’ seminal story of danger and the triumph of love, West Side Story inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet has been...