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Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

Read "Back to the Sunset" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The alliance of Latin music and American jazz ripened on these shores more than seventy years ago, nourished by pioneers such as Mario Bauza, Chano Pozo, Dizzy Gillespie, Machito, Tito Puente and others. It has been carried forward and enhanced since then by a succession of remarkable innovators including in recent years the Cuban-born drummer Dafnis ...

Curtis Brothers Quartet: Syzygy

Read "Syzygy" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jazz music is constantly in a state of flux. It feeds off of new ideas and innovation to keep the music vital, and growing. The mantle is passed from generation to generation, eschewing the infective glare of pop notoriety to maintain the artistic presence that moves the music forward, now seventeen years into a new century. ...

Sabu Martinez: Palo Congo – 1957

Read "Sabu Martinez: Palo Congo – 1957" reviewed by Marc Davis

1957 was a banner year for hard bop and Blue Note. In one year, the label released 40 albums, including classics from John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Bud Powell, Lou Donaldson, Hank Mobley, Johnny Griffin and eight by Jimmy Smith alone. In the midst of all that hard bop, Blue Note released two percussion-based albums ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ RACONTEURS

As Dizzy's World Turns

Read "As Dizzy's World Turns" reviewed by Michael Bourne

Master raconteur, award winning jazz broadcaster and Downbeat contributor, Michael Bourne recounts a series of remarkable stories about Dizzy Gillespie based on experiences that stretch over a couple of decades.

Embodying Bobop

I happened to be at home in jny: St. Louis when Dizzy Gillespie was playing at this new jazz joint ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Three New Releases from Peter Kuhn

Read "Three New Releases from Peter Kuhn" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Clarinetist Peter Kuhn came up in the 1970s. In those days, one could count the number of modern jazz clarinet specialists on one hand: John Carter, Perry Robinson, Theo Jorgensmann, Alvin Batiste and--if you include the bass clarinet--Michel Pilz. So, one hand and a finger. Still associated with Benny Goodman, Dixieland and Swing, the clarinet was ...

Jazz From Around The World: Latin America and the Caribbean

Read "Jazz From Around The World: Latin America and the Caribbean" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls

Read "Bird Calls" reviewed by Dave Wayne

On Bird Calls, alto saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa takes on the music of Charlie Parker in a personal and profound way, accompanied by his whip-smart, uber-hip and youthful backing band. Let's face it, folks; this is the sort of thing a jazz fan's daydreams are made of. The result doesn't disappoint; Bird Calls is a ...

The Caribbean Tinge: Live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Read "The Caribbean Tinge: Live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola" reviewed by Steve Bryant

Ever since the jazz was created in the clubs and dancehalls of New Orleans, there was always a significant influence from the Caribbean region, specifically from Cuba. The island, which was just a ferry ride from the port city, had such a significant effect on the development of the music that Jelly Roll Morton always spoke ...

AA.VV.: Salsa de la bahia

Read "Salsa de la bahia" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La musica di questo strepitoso doppio album è il soundtrack del documentario The Last Mambo di Rita Hargraves, uscito da poco. Consulente artistico della regista è stato Wayne Wallace, trombonista, arrangiatore e figura centrale sulla scena latina in California.
Quando si parla della relazione tra jazz e musiche latine il pensiero va immediatamente alla ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Poncho Sanchez: Mambo King

Read "Poncho Sanchez: Mambo King" reviewed by Steve Bryant

For over 30 years, conguero/bandleader Poncho Sanchez has been the premier proponent of West Coast Latin Jazz. Growing up in Norwalk, California, Sanchez was exposed to and influenced by two very different styles of music: Afro-Cuban music and bebop, as well as R&B. Originally a guitarist, Sanchez taught himself the flute, drums, and timbales before finally ...