Friday, August 19, 2022

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...

Trova: A labour of Love

It may have taken almost 1000 years for the troubadour tradition of 12th Century Occitan to reach Cuba, via Spain; there to be substantively transformed and to have its polyphony melded with Afro-Caribbean polyrhythms. However, its influences...

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...

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...

Youssou N’Dour et le Super Etoile de Dakar: Live in Athens 1987 – Fatteliku

This captivating recording Live in Athens was made when the star of Youssou N’Dour had just begun to flash across the musical stratosphere, as...

Hassan Hakmoun: Unity

Gnawas abound in Morocco. In Jajouka, the Master Musicians led by Bechir Attar; in Essaouria and by grand design, the Gnawa elders have passed the torch onto Maleem Mahmoud Ghania. Elsewhere in Morocco the healing force of Gnawa chants...

Achilles Liarmakopoulos: Trombone Atrevido

Although he partnered the Canadian Brass for several years – both in performance and on record – it’s taken some time for Achilles Liarmakopoulos...

Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/32962779" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] Charlie Haden was one of the first to mix the voice of legendary chanteuses in with his famous...

Gabriel Palatchi Band: Caja Musical

"Caja Musical" is a veritable panoply of celebratory music. The entire recording is deeply rooted in the folkloric music principally of Argentina, but cuts a rather large swathe through surrounding countries. It is no surprise also that it pays homage...

Spiro: Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow

English folk music of the late Romantic period has been celebrated by contemporary musicians such as Richard Thompson, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn as...

Carmen Souza: Live at Lagny Jazz Festival

It is fulfilling to attend a Carmen Souza concert just to listen to her breathtaking version of “Donna Lee” alone. However, there is much more to fall in love with than Miles Davis’ chart that Charlie Parker made famous by the singer on Live at Lagny Jazz Festival...

Lilian Raquel and Claudio César Ribéiro: Com Todas as Cores

The absolutely sensuously voiced Lilian Raquel has brought forth another recording: Com Todas as Cores, which is exquisitely voiced and magnificently orchestrated by her trusty partner, the guitarist, composer and lyricist, Claudio César Ribéiro...

Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate: Monistic Theory

Both the guitarist, Joe Driscoll and the kora master Sekou Kouyate have composed a good number of works before. Now they have done much...

Ludwig Van Beethoven Piano Trios Opus 70 No. 2, Opus 97 “Archduke”

Beethoven’s first published works—his Opus No.1—were three trios for piano, violin and cello and already they show a marked advance on Haydn’s trios in the comparative interdependence of the three parts. Their freedom from Haydn’s oppressive formality...

Rocky Dawuni: Branches of the Same Tree

What are these branches that Rocky Dawuni speaks, or rather sings about? You would probably, like me, be more accustomed to hearing it put...

Chico Trujillo: Reina de Todas las Fiestas

Chico Trujillo, this unconventional band, is built upon the musical architecture of the legendary Nueva Canción of revolutionary Chile. It does not so much...

Claudio Monteverdi (1567—1643) Madrigals of Love and Loss

Claudio Monteverdi (1567—1643) Madrigals of Love and Loss – James Gilchrist: tenor; Arcangelo -Jonathan Cohen Director The madrigal reached its high point in musical history...

Romero Lubambo: Só—Brasilian Essence

Solo instrumental performances can be solitary pursuits, but not for Romero Lubambo and here is why. More than most guitarists, Mr. Lubambo has an uncanny knack of being able to sound as if his performance were a sort of chamber orchestra...

Quique Escamilla: 500 Years of Night

Born and raised in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, Quique Escamilla is no stranger to the Zapatista rebellion and the history of struggle in the region since the Spanish Conquest. "500 Years of Night" is the outcry of a modern troubadour...

Renaud García-Fons: Beyond the Double Bass

In 1997 Renaud García-Fons released an album entitled Oriental Bass. While the name may be all but forgotten and perhaps with it the album as...

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