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Elio Villafranca: Five Islands & A Revolt

Read "Elio Villafranca: Five Islands & A Revolt" reviewed by John Ephland

The setting was Systems Two, a well-known, state-of-the-art recording studio in Brooklyn. The sessions, occurring over five days in May (7-11) 2017, were set up to record Cuban pianist/composer Elio Villafranca's sixth album, the elaborate and thoroughly rehearsed double-CD Cinque (artistShare), the music previously performed in shows at Lincoln Center in 2015.

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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 ...

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Elio Villafranca With All-Star Band & String Quartet - March 31 At Aaron Davis Hall - "Cuba - Senegal: Letters To Mother Africa II"

Elio Villafranca With All-Star Band & String Quartet - March 31 At Aaron Davis Hall - "Cuba - Senegal: Letters To Mother Africa II"

CUBAN PIANIST ELIO VILLAFRANCA- ALL-STAR BAND WITH STRING QUARTET & MORE. HEADLINES AT AARON DAVIS HALL ON MARCH 31ST Cuba- Senegal: Letters to Mother Africa II, acclaimed pianist-composer's ode to Cuba and Africa! City College Center for the Arts on Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. Piano sensation Elio Villafranca heads to the City College Center for the Arts ...

Pete Rodriguez: El Conde Negro

Read "El Conde Negro" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Le splendide doti di Pete Rodriguez evidenziate due anni fa nel debutto Caminando con Papi le ritroviamo in questo nuovo lavoro, registrato ancora in quintetto, dove ritroviamo il pianista Luis Perdomo e il percussionista Robert Quintero ma si aggiungono Rudy Royston alla batteria e Ricky Rodriguez al contrabbasso, rendendo jazzisticamente avvincente la dimensione ritmica. Il risultato ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Samuel Torres Group: Forced Displacement

Read "Forced Displacement" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When Chamber Music America awarded Colombian-born, New York-based percussionist Samuel Torres a New Jazz Works grant in 2012, the wheels started spinning in his mind. Ultimately, it would be his native land that would help determine the directional vision for the grant-funded work: Torres, inspired by a visit to San Juan de Urabá and an encounter ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joe Locke: Love Is a Pendulum

Read "Love Is a Pendulum" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'alto livello dimostrato in decenni di attività da Joe Locke come vibrafonista e compositore, sta trovando ampia accettazione da parte di pubblico e critica. Le ultime incisioni -realizzate dopo l'ingresso nella scuderiia Motéma Music -hanno riscontrato alti consensi e molto più avviene per questo progetto: il più convincente, maturo e appassionante da lui realizzato.

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Joe Locke's Love Affair with Language

Read "Joe Locke's Love Affair with Language" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

On the surface it's not so easy to spot the common thread unifying the greater fabric of Joe Locke's work. Since arriving in New York City in 1981, and emerging as a notable leader on record in the early '90s, this much-vaunted vibraphonist has developed into a protean performer and composer. Duo sessions with pianists Frank ...

Joe Locke: Love is a Pendulum

Read "Joe Locke: Love is a Pendulum" reviewed by John Kelman

Since signing with Motėma Music a couple years back, vibraphonist Joe Locke has been releasing some of the best and most diverse music in a career now entering its fourth decade. From the near-fusion energy of 2012's Signing--the long overdue studio followup to the Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer group's incendiary Live in Seattle (Origin, 2006)--to ...

Joe Locke: Love Is A Pendulum

Read "Love Is A Pendulum" reviewed by Troy Collins

Since the late '80s vibraphonist Joe Locke, an artist who defies categorization, has performed and recorded with a diverse array of musicians, including Eddie Henderson, Cecil Taylor, and The Beastie Boys. Love Is A Pendulum, his fourth release on the Harlem-based Motema label, features some of Locke's most compelling music to date, the centerpiece of which ...

Pete Rodriguez: El Conde Negro

Read "El Conde Negro" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pete Rodriguez isn't a purist. He knows his salsa, as one would expect of the offspring of famed salsa vocal icon Pete “El Conde" Rodriguez, and he knows his jazz. But this trumpeter-vocalist sees no need to draw strong separation between the two. In creating El Conde Negro, Rodriguez mines Nuyorican musical veins and jazz lodes, ...