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Rafi Malkiel: My Island

Read "My Island" reviewed by Chip Boaz

Latin jazz artists faces important choices when shaping their debut album. First-time leaders write original music or interpret standards--the resultant repertoire and musical expressions display wisely chosen risks or lack of judgment. Musicians invite guest artists to perform, adding a sense of cohesion or confusion to the album's overall sound. The musical direction deserves careful consideration; the recording represents the musical identity that will follow their name. Trombonist and euphonium player Rafi Malkiel offers a broad range of Latin styles ...

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Rafi Malkiel: My Island

Read "My Island" reviewed by Laurel Gross

Will My Island change the course of jazz? As the Gershwin song goes, “Who Cares. We're having too much fun swaying along to dreamy orchestrations and anticipating what may happen next in this world trombonist Rafi Malkiel has conjured out of thin air and musical prowess to worry about such things. His creation could be Cuba, a place of memory or some other port of call. But you can hear it in all its liveliness. The aural ...


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