Sunday, December 8, 2019

Rhythm of the Heart, Raquel Bitton’s Tribute to Tino Rossi

It is not easy at all to interpret legends and musical icons like Edith Piaf, but Raquel Bitton has done it in a respectful and wonderful way. Continuing with the tribute to the most important contributors of French singing, Raquel Bitton brings us "Rhythm of the Heart"...

Sofia Vitória & Luís Figueiredo: Palavra de Mulher

The legendary troubadour of Brazil, Chico Buarque de Hollanda appears to have been somewhat of a polarizing figure, even in the Musica Popular Brasileira movement (MPB), whose ramparts he bestrode like the proverbial Colossus. This in terms of sheer output...

Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso: Segunda Vez

The same rich ethnic cocktail that formed Brazilian society, from African, European and native ingredients, underlies its native genius for music. It also makes the country and its musicians unique in all of Latin America. As Ary Barroso put it in his iconic song…

The Brandenburg Concertos: Freiburger Barokorchester

The Brandenburg Concertos are one of the most celebrated and captivating compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. Paced with bracing athletic vigor and featuring some of the most beautiful and challenging counterpoint...

Aldo Del Rio: El Bardo

Before the Cuban pianist came to fame, there were trovadores. Depending on which province a Cuban listener resided, one trove was greater than the other. But visionaries such as Sindo Garay stilled ruled the roost - Sindo Garay lived more than 100 years actually...

The Musical Voyages of Marco Polo

The great adventures of Marco Polo are not known to rival those of Odysseus, but they are every bit as beguiling and wondrous. Between 1271 and 1295 Marco Polo opened up the Central Asia and China to the Western World, by establishing the fabled Silk Route...

Mamselle Ruiz: Miel de Cactus

In a rather fascinating way, Mamselle Ruiz started writing the Canadian chapter of her musical career right after arriving in Montreal in 2010. Almost immediately, she joined “Les Chemins Invisibles” (Invisible Paths), a fantastic Cirque du Soleil seasonal outdoor show...

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...

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...

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...

Clarice Assad: Imaginarium

The release of Clarice Assad’s Imaginarium puts her in contention for some major recognition, for with this recording, Ms. Assad has created a veritable museum of music; a cultural cornucopia—with Brasil at the centre of this spectacular universe...

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...

María Cangiano: Corazón de Mujer

María Cangiano is an amazingly talented folk singer from Argentina. Actually she is unclassifiable although her heart is in the folkloric tradition of that country. The reason she does not fit that mould completely is that Ms. Cangiano has a magnificent...

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...

Jayme Stone: The Other Side of Air

The banjo in any other idiom of music—other than bluegrass, or country and western, that is—is such a novelty that the numbers of practitioners in the idiom of jazz, for instance, can be counted on the fingers of two hands; and good players on the fingers of just one hand...

Tango Nostalgias – Julio Botti and his Tango Journey

Tango Nostalgias is the new album of the Argentinian saxophonist Julio Botti, a pure and new voice of the tango movement that maestro Astor Piazzolla started in Argentina decades ago. Ten poignant and profound themes are part of this cd where Pablo Ziegler...

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...

Concert of the Sixth Sun: Philip Glass, Daniel Medina de la Rosa, Roberto Carillo...

Throughout the ages great composers have found inspiration in folk music and dance; in spirituals and ghost trance music; this because they have been specially enamoured of their origins, or because of the incredibly organic beauty...

The Master Musicians of Jajouka: The Road To Jajouka

The master musicians of Jajouka have existed in the southern Rif Mountains of Morocco for over 4000 years; their music celebrated largely by the populations around their village. The only Europeans and Americans outsiders to discover them...

Rubén and Cheo… A Union of Musical Genius

After many years of being together during that poignant period when the powerful and contagious sound of Joe Cuba was playing everywhere, Rubén Blades and Cheo Feliciano are back with a wonderful salsa album called Eba Say Ajá...

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