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Roberto Fonseca, Christian McBride, King Oliver and More

Read "Roberto Fonseca, Christian McBride, King Oliver and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week's show is book-ended by Latin jazz, as we take off with the talented Roberto Fonseca and we land with the multi platinum-selling Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass. In between, we focus on new releases by Christian McBride and Kansas City's own Todd Wilkinson as well as on the music of forward looking artists like Gebhard Ullmann, Nick Grinder and Michael Wang. Playlist Roberto Fonseca “Motown" Yesun (Mack Avenue Records) 00:00 Host talks 3:44 Miles Davis ...

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Roberto Fonseca: The worthy heir of Afro-Cuban Jazz

Read "Roberto Fonseca: The worthy heir of Afro-Cuban Jazz" reviewed by Gabriel Medina Arenas

Success didn't knock on his door by random luck. Roberto Fonseca has worked hard to earn his reputation as one of the most renowned and skillful Cuban jazz pianists of his generation. The 38 year-old musician started playing drums when he was four years old and played at the International Jazz Festival of Havana when he was 15. Fonseca began his solo career when he was 24 and to date he has released seven studio albums and one ...

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Roberto Fonseca: Akokan

Read "Akokan" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

In his follow-up to 2007's Zamazu (Enja/Justin Time), Cuban piano master, Roberto Fonseca deepens his journey into his quasi-mystical musical search. Like the mythical Gilgamesh, the pianist has embarked on a seemingly endless journey, a leap of faith into the musical unknown, to find the tonal center of pain and joy, heartache and ecstasy--and yes, in the tradition of the timeless myth, he has set the mystery and magic of artistry that courses through his veins down his hands, to ...

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Roberto Fonseca: A Life in the Spirit

Read "Roberto Fonseca: A Life in the Spirit" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Recognition for the considerable talent of Cuban pianist, Roberto Fonseca has spread far and wide, and if there was another dimension to enter, it would be the one that qualifies an artist to greatness. However, Fonseca fights shy of any attention that distracts from his music. A deeply spiritual person, who just happens to express himself through his art, he prefers to defer to the mysterious and invisible force that compels him to make music.Fonseca worships at the ...


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