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Stefano Bollani: Que Bom

Read "Que Bom" reviewed by Matt Hooke

The worlds of Italian and Brazilian music meet on Que Bom, pianist Stefano Bollani's masterful 43rd album. Bollani lets his songwriting do the brunt of the work, leading to an accessible project, that still shimmers with inventive moments. Bollani has a keen melodic sense that makes these songs immediately come alive. The opening song, “Sbucata da ...

Omar Sosa: Es:sensual

Read "Es:sensual" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Cuban-born pianist Omar Sosa's music, be it presented in solo performances or conjured by a small-or medium-sized group, has always drawn on confidential mysticism. But that's not to say that his work doesn't lend itself to large-scale interpretation. With Ceremony (Otá Records, 2010) Sosa came out of the candlelit realms and shadows, bringing his music into ...

Omar Sosa: A Week At The Blue Note And Across America

Omar Sosa: A Week At The Blue Note And Across America

The impressionistic, universal sound of Omar Sosa comes to America for three weeks with his Afreecanos Quartet, beginning on April 27, 2011 at Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis and ending on May 18 at Yoshi's in San Francisco, the place where it all started for the Cuban-born world jazz creator in the late '90s. During the tour, ...