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Dafnis Prieto: A World Of Rhythmic Possibilities

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A World Of Rhythmic Possibilites Dafnis Prieto 276 Pages ISBN: #978-0-692-65526-9 Dafnison Music 2016 Learning to fluently and fluidly dissect, construct, and speak rhythms through the drums is a lifelong process of study, discovery, and growth. Touching on the new while truly expanding that coded language is incredibly difficult to do, and having the wherewithal and communicative skills to actually breakdown those expansions is as rare as can be. But clearly nobody ...


Ravi Shankar: In Hollywood, 1971

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A real treat for fans of legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar, this is not only a live recording of a rare morning concert, but also an “at home" performance Shankar did for some special friends at his residence on Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California. He spoke about his distress over the plight of the people of East Pakistan (later known as Bangla Desh) in the aftermath of Cyclone Bhola. George Harrison was in attendance, so the occasion has the additional distinction ...


Jane Bunnett & Maqueque: Oddara

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There has been a constant stimulating fascination associated with Cuba that has attracted numerous jazz musicians to delve deeper into its musical traditions. Also, judging by the amount of recent recordings by Cuban artists, and those who feature them in collaborative efforts, the island sustains its status as a vital source of inspiration on the global jazz scene. Cuba captivated saxophonist/flautist Jane Bunnett many years ago, eventually leading her to form the all-female group Maqueque in 2013, culminating in a ...


Lizz Wright and Danilo Perez Jazz 100 at the Merriam Theater

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Lizz Wright, Vocalist; Danilo Perez, Pianist and Music Director Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Ella, Mongo & Monk Merriam Theater Kimmel Center Presents Philadelphia, PA September 30, 2016 This well conceived theme-based jazz show anticipated the 100th birthdays and celebrated the music of four jazz icons all coincidentally born in 1917: Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mongo Santamaria and Thelonious Monk. Philadelphia welcomed back pianist Danilo Perez, who for several years curated ...


European Jazz Conference 2016

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European Jazz Conference 2016 National Forum of Music jny: Wroclaw, Poland September 22-25, 2016 We have two ears and only one mouth so perhaps we should listen more than we speak. This old maxim is often credited to Hellenistic philosopher Zeno of Citrium, though who's to say he didn't pinch it after being admonished by a fellow Stoic for not listening enough himself? We'll never know. What we do know, ...


Paolo Fresu & Omar Sosa featuring Natacha Atlas & Jaques Morelenbaum: Eros

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While the connection between Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu was established back in 2006, their partnership truly blossomed with Alma (Ota Music, 2012), a beauty of an album with a soft sell approach. That record--quite possibly the most moving item in either man's discography--prioritized heart over all else, and this follow-up date follows suit. Eros--the god of love--serves as muse and sculptor on this easygoing outing. Sosa and Fresu are both in fine ...


Harold Lopez-Nussa: El Viaje

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Prodigious pianist Harold López-Nussa has come full circle. With numerous acclaimed recordings, and acknowledged as a seasoned performer on international stages, he returns home and records El Viaje in Havana, Cuba, offering musical insights on the world through his piano. Continuing with his established trio format, which includes his brother Ruy Adrián López-Nussa on drums and Senegalese bassist Alune Wade, he improvises upon vast classical influences while adhering to his Cuban roots, concocting an exceptional style of global jazz.


Mariza: Music is My Fado

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Listening to Portuguese fado singer Mariza, it's really hard not to be taken away by her passionate singing, charismatic stage presence, and sly sass. Yet, beneath her almost fragile and gentle appearance is a tiger waiting to spring. Ever since she burst onto the world stage 15 years ago, she swept the world with a fiery and emotional interpretation of songs belonging to the fado tradition. Linked with Portugal's rich maritime history, fado is music imbued with a sense of ...

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