Post Tagged with: "Cuba"

Buena Vista Social Club – At Carnegie Hall (2008)

Buena Vista Social Club – At Carnegie Hall (2008)

by Nick DeRiso There is an uncommon nostalgia associated with this concert recording, and not just because of the lost history shared amongst these aging former Cuban stars. Alas, Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall wasn’t released until after many of the original group had already passed. Yet, it still plays like a kinetic burst of light, with theseRead More

Aruán Ortiz featuring Antione Roney – Alameda (2010)

Aruán Ortiz featuring Antione Roney – Alameda (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Wallace Roney’s live album that bowed last spring is a good record for several reasons, first and foremost because of the trumpet player’s dexterity on the brass horn. In our brief review of If Only For One Night, I didn’t have room to say much about the contributions of his band, but it should be notedRead More

Samuel Torres – Yaoundé (2010)

Samuel Torres – Yaoundé (2010)

by Pico Samuel Torres’ life journey from a boy with dreams of being a full-time musician, to becoming a full-time musician, to becoming a successful one, takes another turn with the release last week of his second album, Yaoundé. Born and raised by a hard working a supportive single mother in Bogotá, Columbia, Torres’ perseverance as a percussionist paid offRead More

It’s a trombone two-fer! Samuel Blaser and Wayne Wallace (2009)

It’s a trombone two-fer! Samuel Blaser and Wayne Wallace (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron The Two-fer isn’t a double celebration of a single artist, but rather of a single instrument: the trombone. I’ve always liked that warm, brassy sound with its slippery pitch variations that gives it a colorful, almost-human character. An instrument that has been there in jazz’s earliest days with Kid Ory and Jack Teagarden and through J.J.Read More

Quickies: Bujo Kevin Jones & Tenth World, Neil Young, Gilfema

Quickies: Bujo Kevin Jones & Tenth World, Neil Young, Gilfema

by Pico We’re getting to the end of the year and it feels as though there’s still too many 2008 CD’s to sift through and evaluate. I’m not ready for 2009 yet! Before launching into the ol’ year-end “best of 2008” lists, let’s quickly run through a couple of fresh jazz records by some fresh faces, and a new releaseRead More

Francisco Mela – Cirio (2008)

Francisco Mela – Cirio (2008)

photo by Pavel Korbut by S. Victor Aaron The Cuban influence on jazz has been resilient from the late forties on. From Desi Arnez and Mongo Santamaria to Paquito D’Rivera and Arturo Sandoval, the heritage remains as strong as ever, as evidenced by the left-field success of Ry Cooder’s Buena Vista Social Club about a decade ago. Younger generations ofRead More

Gonzalo Rubalcaba – Suite 4 y 20 (1993)

Gonzalo Rubalcaba – Suite 4 y 20 (1993)

NICK DERISO: While Rubalcaba was making troubling (if not downright boneheaded) political decisions, he was also proving to be an inspiring (and sometimes downright thrilling) young pianist. Not long after Rubalcaba said the crippling Communist regime in his native Cuba wasn’t all that bad, after all — much to the consternation of expats like saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera — he issuedRead More

Jesus "Chucho" Valdez – El Jazz Cubano/Solo Piano (1992)

by Nick DeRiso Capitol Records — under its Blue Note and World Pacific imprints — put out a much-needed overview of Cuban jazz a while back. From them emerged a new star: Showcased on both “El Jazz Cubano” (WP) and “Solo Piano” (BN) is the swinging magic of pianist Jesus “Chucho” Valdez. He’s featured both by himself and as theRead More

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