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2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: ANDINA: The Sound of the Peruvian Andes

Read "ANDINA: The Sound of the Peruvian Andes" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

ANDINA captures The Sound of the Peruvian Andes from vinyl singles originally released by Sono Radio, Iempsa, El Virrey and other Peruvian labels from 1968 to 1978, a most tumultuous social/musical decade. The first installment in a new Tiger's Milk Records compilation series, assembled by Tiger's Milk co-founders Duncan Ballantyne and Martin Morales with Peruvian musical ...

Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey

Read "Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Afro-Cuban All Stars
Absolutely Live II
DM Ahora! Productions
2017

You can find many groups who call themselves “Afro-Cuban All Stars." But few have the pedigree of this ensemble led by vocalist Juan de Marcos, co-architect of the legendary Cuban roots Buena Vista Social Club sessions (1997, Nonesuch/Elektra) ...

Steve Sandberg Quartet: Alaya

Read "Alaya" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The best word to sum up pianist Steve Sandberg's work is expansive. If his own performance history doesn't make that point clearly enough--he's hobnobbed with Brazilian music royalty like the Gilberto clan, made his mark on the salsa world by working with artists like Ruben Blades and Celia Cruz, touched down time and again in the ...

Ignacio Berroa Trio: Straight Ahead From Havana

Read "Straight Ahead From Havana" reviewed by James Nadal

While it appears normal to perform Cuban music in its natural rhythmic state, in a reversal of the rules of engagement, drummer Ignacio Berroa has re-imagined the popular songbook of his homeland, into Straight Ahead From Havana, shaking up established traditional elements to form a new jazz perspective. Joining Berroa in the trio are Martin Bejerano ...

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2015: The Year in Jazz

Read "2015: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2015 was a curious blend of ups and downs, with glimmers of optimism offset by its losses. Venues opened to great fanfare, but others closed for a variety of reasons. UNESCO's International Jazz Day became firmly entrenched as the exclamation point on Jazz Appreciation Month activities in April. Daily arts journalism took a hit ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Barranquijazz 2015: Trombone Heaven in the Tropics

Read "Barranquijazz 2015: Trombone Heaven in the Tropics" reviewed by Mark Holston

It's impossible to know beforehand what individual performance at a multi-day jazz festival will be remembered as a certifiable highlight. Sometimes the key factor that makes such a magic moment possible is unpredictable and comes out of the blue. At Colombia's recent annual Barranquijazz Festival, the curiosity of a festival staff member led to a particularly ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Kip Hanrahan And American Clave Launch Crowdsourcing Campaign To Record Album Due In October 2015

Kip Hanrahan And American Clave Launch Crowdsourcing Campaign To Record Album Due In October 2015

An Icon for the Iconoclasts, legendary producer KIP HANRAHAN is planning a new release for October 2015 on his label, american clavé, which released its first album in 1980. Like the rest of his label american clavé’s catalogue, this record will be, as The Independent (London), has said “...rich beyond compare.” Hanrahan’s music has been described by the New ...

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Salsa Legend Rubén Blades Performs "Tangos"!

Salsa Legend Rubén Blades Performs "Tangos"!

Salsa legend Rubén Blades performs his classic compositions as tangos on the upcoming Sunnyside release, Tangos (June 24)! The best songs are those that provide messages that reach beyond the genre into which they are born. There are lyrics that can move people deeply, even when the composer and listener are separated by oceans. The tremendous poet, composer ...

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New Ruben Blades CD, "Tangos," Set For Release June 24th

New Ruben Blades CD, "Tangos," Set For Release June 24th

Tangos, the stunning new CD from Ruben Blades, is set for release via Sunnyside Records on June 24th. The best songs are those that provide messages that reach beyond the genre into which they are born. There are lyrics that can move people deeply, even when the composer and listener are separated by oceans. The tremendous poet, composer ...