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Los Van Van at Davies Symphony Hall

Read "Los Van Van at Davies Symphony Hall" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Los Van Van Davies Symphony Hall SFJAZZ Festival San Francisco, CA August 14, 2015 Cheers erupted as Randall Kline, Founder and Co-Executive Director of SFJAZZ, began to introduce the evening's entertainment. Cheers from more than two thousand audience members overpowered Kline as the musicians came onstage, eleven in total, and took their places--the roar forcing him to pause until the ocean of sound subsided. Since its inception in 1969, Los Van Van ...

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Juan-Carlos Formell: La Calles del Paraiso

Read "La Calles del Paraiso" reviewed by William Grim

If I were forced to categorize the music of Juan-Carlos Fromell I'd have to call it “Cuban-Lite." It has Spanish lyrics and the rhythms are latin-based, but it lacks the emotional intensity that we have come to expect from Cuban music. It is also overly produced, in much the same manner as so-called “smooth jazz." While it is pleasant and inoffensive, there also isn't much meat to the bone. One comes away from listening to this album wanting much more, ...

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Juan Carlos Formell: Songs from a Little Blue House

Read "Songs from a Little Blue House" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Wicklow records says Juan Carlos Formell's debut recording is solo (except for one or more guest appearances by guitarist Mark Whitfield). If so, he's either doing a lot of programming or he has more than two hands (and one voice). There's a rhythm section on most numbers, a vocal group on others, a muted trumpet on three, even a trombone on “La Vaquita," Of course, nowadays most of that can be sequenced (even the trombone and trumpet, I suppose), so ...


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