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One favorite thing about music is its propensity for cross-fertilization, its ability to pull from many disparate sources and create something new, even to create new feeli…
The domination of the music industry by the pubescent, hard body, under thirty crowd has been a great loss for the culture as a whole. Although it is known that artists can…
The soundtrack to the Fernando Trueba film, "Calle 54," is like a fantasy twelve course feast in which each of the courses are served up one after the other. The luxurious …
One of the most hotly debated questions in Latin Jazz is " How do you combine the On The Beat clave feel with the Behind the Beat phrasing of traditional Jazz?" Rey Vega's …
Pianist Jesus "Chuchito" Valdes is true Cuban Royalty. The Grandson of Bebo Valdes and the Son of Chucho Valdes, Chuchito is carrying on the tradition of genius and innovat…
In the biographical film depicting the life of Cuban Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, there is a scene where he switches on the radio program "Voice of America" and becomes lost …
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is releasing his seventh in a string of Blue Note albums--due in no small part to the perseverance of Blue Note president Bruce Lundvall. For Lundvall cir…
Grupo-X is a fine new British band on the emerging London latin jazz scene. It's refreshing to see a new group debut with a CD of their own compositions. The octet is becom…
28-year-old Cuban pianist Tony Perez is one of the very finest jazz pianists to come along and this colorful and enchanting CD collection of 11 selections will introduce hi…
La Tribu has put together an engrossing Latin mixture that will be sure to delight Latin jazz fans when they listen to it. !ATACA! is the name of this collection. The CD is…