Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Monty Alexander: The Harlem-Kingston Express Comes Alive

There might be a gentleman’s argument as to whom the pianist Monty Alexander belongs to; Jamaica, where he was born, or New York where he resides. In truth, the ineffable Mr. Alexander belongs to both. He is a “Jamerican,” as he puts it so affectionately...

Diego El Cigala: Romance de la Luna Tucumana

Diego El Cigala (who recently acquired the Dominican nationality) has been made famous not only by his Grammys, but also by the seminal album,...

Presenting José Rizo’s Mongorama

José Rizo's Mongorama picks up where the Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars left off. After a decade of fruitful existence, performing and recording four terrific CDs (Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars 1 and 2, The Last Bullfighter and Tambolero), the veteran KJazz radio host, producer, composer and bandleader takes a new direction and moves on to a new project, which is actually a continuation of the original...

Paula Santoro – Mar do meu Mundo

Paula Santoro has been recording under her own name since 1996. But she has not come to the attention of listeners outside Brasil. Her albums have been critically acclaimed within her country as being released by a singer who has carried on the tradition of women like Beth Carvalho, Nara Leão...

Fritz Hauser: Pieces for Percussion (Ensemble XII Conducted by Steven Schick)

The drum—first the stone and later the hollowed log drum—are probably among of the oldest of instruments, after the human voice, that is. Given that a number of ethnomusicologists agree that this is probably true, the music on this recording...

Carlos Pavan – Suite del Interior

The beautiful "Suite Del Interior" by the Argentine guitarist Carlos Pavan is sometimes described as being a “mixture of classical, folk and jazz music”. But perish the thought. This is a magnificently composed classical piece that is based on...

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Qawwal and Party: Shahen-Shah

The six selections recorded in 1998 constitute one of the classic dates that Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan had in the RealWorld Studios. In fact...

Julio Botti: Sax To Tango

While top billing on this disc goes to Julio Botti, for his brightly lit and eloquent work on the tenor and soprano saxophones, the...

Adam Rudolph & Go: Organic Orchestra – Sonic Mandala

This recording of Adam Rudolph’s Sonic Mandala with the Go: Organic Orchestra is an iconic one. It is probably Adam Rudolph’s most important opus to date: symphonic in scope from its very micro aspects to its macro ones. In it Mr. Rudolph seeks to and successfully expands the textures and timbres of...

Justin Kauflin: Dedication

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/175728957" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] Justin Kauflin is all the rage now. His precocious talent was discovered when he was just 2—yes 2—years...

Art and Artistry of the Tango

To use an old, but truly appropriate appellation, tango is all about passion, grace and fire. It is hard to think of tango without...

Ultimate New Orleans Brass – Second Line Funk!

Warren Hildebrand and his father Henry Hildebrand, are legendary and seminal figures in the promotion of New Orleans Second Line music and music in...

Veronneau: Jazz Samba Project

As the Brazilian pioneers of bossanova rhythms have done, Veronneau plays with the essential instruments used from the beginning in this musical genre, showing their poignant skill and feeling. When you listen to the first track “É Luxo Só” you can feel...

Márcio Faraco: Cajueiro

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161296097" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] Taking the Brasilian out of Brasil is sometimes possible, but try taking the Brasil out of the Brasilian...

Gustavo Santaolalla: Camino

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156681070" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] To talk about Gustavo Santaolalla is to talk about talent, commitment and love for the traditional sound with...

Game of the Antichrist: Robert Moran

Game of the Antichrist: Robert Moran – The Children’s Choir of Gemseinade Vatersletten: Beatrice Mertz-Hermann conductor and the Vocal Ensemble Chrismos Alexander Hermann conductor;...

Toninho Ferragutti – O Sorriso Da Manu

Whether he came to the accordion by way of the forró—xôte and Baião—or by way of the gaucho bands that he often plays in, Toninho Ferragutti has now mastered the instrument. However, he is now more than a virtuoso; the complete mastery of the emotion and the magical idiosyncrasies of the...

Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica – Where Here Meets There

It seems almost trite to talk of where cultures collide, when it comes to the music of Brian O’Neill, or Mr. Ho—as he likes to sometimes call himself. The musical big bang theory is centuries old and that would necessarily make that epithet old hat. The question that arises when Mr. O’Neill makes his music...

The Melodic Whispers of Cristina Braga’s Samba and Jazz

The prestigious harpist Cristina Braga brings us another of her great works. Samba, Jazz and Love is her new album where she demonstrates, one more time, her talent and commitment to Brazilian music. She puts music’s soul into her harp interpretation...

Mãe Carinhosa, Cesária Évora’s Posthumous Release

Cesária Évora was that kind of singer you would have liked to represent your country as a music ambassador. Her feeling to express the profound, pure, tropical and African sound is incomparable. Her voice is a unique treasure for the world...

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