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Karavika: Of Earth And Sky

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Can't find a musical genre that fits the needs of your means of artistic expression? Then create your own. That's What Karavika did, with their gorgeous and provocative debut, Sunrise ( Self Produced, 2012). Call it raga/chamber/folk music if you will, a blend of multiple influences from multiple cultures, with a South Asian foundation in Sri Lanka and India. Violinist Trina Basu and cellist Amali Premawardhana co-lead Karavika, a trio that includes bassist Perry Wortman. With their sophomore ...

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Ed Calle: Ed Calle 360

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Miami-based Latin Grammy saxophonist Ed Calle follows up on his award-winning Dr. Ed Calle Presents Mamblue (Mojito Records, 2015) album, with the audacious Ed Calle 360 offering a dynamic selection of music presenting less of the Latin flavor and more of the contemporary side of jazz, with a touch of Nashville, fusion, Afro-Cuban as well as traditional material, tastefully performed with a decidedly boppish flair. A multi-Grammy nominee, who has graced the albums of such legendary artists as Frank Sinatra, ...

Jazz From Around The World: Latin America and the Caribbean

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The focus of the second installment of Jazz from Around the World is Latin America and the Caribbean. Because of both proximity to the US and the shared African heritage, particularly in the Caribbean, jazz was seamlessly and naturally adopted in this part of the world. Of course Latin jazz with its many guises is a very dominant force in today's music. Highlighted below are 10 early gems from south of the border. One of the first permutations ...

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Pedrito Martinez Group: Habana Dreams

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The African drums and rhythms that originated in Yorubaland, have been an integral part of the Santeria religion in Cuba, and a profound influence on the rumbero percussionists on the island. Pedrito Martinez is a premier conga master who hails from the Cayo Hueso barrio in La Habana, and is also an akpwon (lead singer) and santero priest, guiding the ceremonious drumming and invocations of the spirits. Habana Dreams was recorded in the historic Areíto/EGREM studios in the city, and ...

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Guillermo Klein: Los Guachos V

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If a creator has a vision, being persistent in working to bring it to life is a requirement. This is true in life, for visions big and small, and not just for artists. Pianist, composer and band leader Guillermo Klein most definitely fits that bill. His group, Los Guachos (literally, The Bastards) has been in existence for around twenty years. Beginning in 1990 in Boston at the Berklee College of Music, where he met some of the musicians, ...

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Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder: Talking Timbuktu

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These days the genre of desert blues boasts one of the most vibrant music movements around the world. The bands and musicians that are part of this genre come from an area that is spread across Western Africa that stretches from Mali to Libya gathering people of various ethnic groups. Artists such as Tinariwen, Terakaft, Boubakar Traore, Tamikrest, Bombino, Habib Koite, Vieux Farka Toure, Amadou and Miriam, to name but a few, can be seen and heard touring the world, ...

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Luis Perdomo: Montage

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The highest praise you can give to a recording by a solo performer is that the music was made just for your ears. Pianist Luis Perdomo's Montage gives just that impression. It's easy to imagine these fifteen tracks were played in your living room, or automobile, for that matter.  After releasing seven discs as a leader, with sideman like drummers Jack DeJohnette, Rudy Royston, Ralph Peterson, Eric McPherson and Nasheet Waits, bassists Dwayne Burno, Drew Gress, Ugonna Okegwo, ...

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Carrera Quinta: Carrera Quinta Big Band

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Carrera Quinta is a Colombian quintet established in 2006 by composers Javier Perez Sandoval and Francy Montalvo specifically designed to perform a blend of contemporary jazz with traditional Colombian music from the Andean Region drawing on influences from such Colombian composers such as German Dario Perez, Oriol Rangel, and Trio Morales Pino among others. After recording their debut album En Esencia in 2009, the group expands to an eighteen-piece large orchestra under the direction of Ricardo Jaramillo in delivering their ...


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