Post Tagged with: "Latin jazz"

Mac Gollehon – La Fama (2012)

A master also at trombone and French horn, trumpet player Mac Gollehon has experienced a rich and varied three-decade career as a sideman, leader and composer.

Poncho Sanchez – Live In Hollywood (2012)

Poncho Sanchez – Live In Hollywood (2012)

Poncho Sanchez, who came fame to as a conguero alongside Cal Tjader, roars in all of his salsa-fired bebop glory here, recording live at the annual Hollywood and Highland KKJZ Summer Concert Series.

Half Notes: Pablo Aslan – Piazzolla in Brooklyn (2011)

You hear about musicians being moved to a new tribute by dusty old masterpieces, about timeless moments on vinyl that crackle and pop to life as reborn honorifics. Then there’s the jazz tango disaster Take Me Dancing, a 1959 recording by Astor Piazzola that is so irredeemably bad that it has spurred the Grammy-nominated Pablo Aslan to action. (Piazzolla himselfRead More

Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion – Urban Nature (2011)

Rock fans know him for his work with David Bowie and the Average White Band, jazz fans from moments alongside Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins (they’re on tour now), soul and pop fans from turns with Chaka Khan and Mariah Carey.

Half Notes: Miguel Zenon – Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (2011)

You’ll have little difficulty in finding jazz recordings that seek to transform popular songs into standards. That’s been part and parcel of the tradition from the very beginning. More unusual, however, is someone like saxophonist Miguel Zenon, who so personalizes the shopworn idea on Alama Adentro. Each of the tunes on this forthcoming Marsalis Music release, due Aug. 30, wasRead More

One Track Mind: Mongorama, "Tin Marin" (2011)

Inspired by an early Cachao album, “Tin Marin” is the rousing closer on Mongorama’s new self-titled project on California-based Saungu Records. A thrilling exposion of classic charanga-jazz, the album features a nine-piece all-star band

Half Notes: Jessie Marquez, "La Herida (The Wound)" (2011)

Listening, you’d be hard pressed to place Jessie Marquez, a sensual American singer with Cuban roots, anywhere near her hometown of Eugene, Ore. There is something so otherworldly, so richly textured, so intimate and humid and spicy about tracks like “La Herida.” Written by Gustavo Rodriguez, this redemptive tune is part of Marquez’s new release All I See Is Sky,Read More

Half Notes: Steve Khan – Parting Shot (2011)

My first encounter with the musicianship of fusion guitarist Steve Khan came from Billy Joel’s 1978 album 52nd Street. I still remember a studio picture of Khan in the vinyl record’s sleeve, big black hair, mustache, guitar and all. These days, Khan doesn’t have the big black hair anymore, but he still sports a ‘stache and is still usually seenRead More

Nelson Riveros – Camino Al Barrio (2010)

Nelson Riveros – Camino Al Barrio (2010)

by Pico I remember at least as far back as 1988 that South American grooves and contemporary jazz can and do mix together well. I was reminded of that harmonious blend again when I first spun up the new CD by New York electric guitarist and composer Nelson Riveros. The light, danceable grooves, the tasteful guitar playing, unobtrusive rhythm section andRead More

Danilo Pérez – Providencia (2010)

Danilo Pérez – Providencia (2010)

by Pico Danilo Pérez is a name that’s come up often in this space whenever I’m boasting about what big names such-and-such artist has performed and/or recorded with. So, on the occasion of Pérez’s latest CD Providencia, perhaps it’s time to devote a little space to the guy who has helped along the careers of so many other young talents.Read More