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Bio Ritmo: Puerta del Sur

Read "Puerta del Sur" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Bio Ritmo has kept the salsa flame burning for more than twenty years. “We all share a passion for salsa, a music that encompasses so many different styles and influences," explains producer, composer, pianist and bandleader Marlysse Simmons. “It's rooted in the experimentation of blending rhythms and sounds and this is exactly what we love to ...

Musings on Jazz, Blues and the Sabbath

Read "Musings on Jazz, Blues and the Sabbath" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Margie Baker
Sings With So Many Stars
Consolidated Artists Productions
2014

Margie Baker didn't begin her career as a jazz and blues vocalist in the San Francisco area until she was nearly 40, but she made up for this delayed entry with endurance: She was often featured at the Monterey ...

Bio Ritmo: La Verdad

Read "La Verdad" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In September 2011, Bio Ritmo, the ten-piece salsa band from Richmond (Virginia), celebrated twenty years together, no small accomplishment for a band originally formed (says its official company bio) “as a percussion ensemble brought together by two misplaced Puerto Ricans who met at art school, combined with a local punk rock drummer."

Communally led by ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: 101 Things to Do in Bongolia

Read "101 Things to Do in Bongolia" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

101 Things to Do in Bongolia compiles the first year of 45 RPM singles, plus a few bonus remixes and other surprises, released and digitally compiled by Brooklyn-based Electric Cowbell Records, founded by percussionist/entrepreneur Jim Thomson. Thomson also plays in two bands featured here (the CSC Funk Band, and Bio Ritmo) and has continued Cowbell operations ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Jazz Mergers & Acquisitions

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T. K. Blue

Latin Bird

Motéma Music

2011

Saxophonist Charlie “Bird" Parker is primarily remembered as an incendiary, revolutionary, improvisatory soloist, but he often expressed his style through composition, and many of Parker's original tunes became part of the modern jazz canon. Latin Bird, saxophonist T.K. Blue's label ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Electric Cowbell Records Releases New Batch of Singles

Electric Cowbell Records is hot on the heels of its critically acclaimed debut compilation 101 Things To Do In Bongolia, which is a sonic brochure of the label's first batch of singles from 2010-2011 with the addition of some bonus tracks and remixes. The compilation has sparked gushing quotes like, “Electric Cowbell is Brooklyn's hardest-working new ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bio Ritmo New Release: "La Verdad" out September 20 + Tour Dates

Bio Ritmo New Release: "La Verdad" out September 20 + Tour Dates

Richmond, VA may not be the typical place that comes to mind when you think of an internationally acclaimed Salsa band, but Bio Ritmo is far from typical. The 10-member band was formed 20 years ago this September originally as a percussion ensemble brought together by two misplaced Puerto Ricans who met at art school combined ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bio Ritmo: Bio Ritmo

Read "Bio Ritmo" reviewed by AAJ Staff

When you translate the word salsa into English, you get “sauce." The musical form of the same name comes in many flavors, from cheesy synth-pop to buttery jazzy jams. The salsa cooked up by Bio Ritmo is picante ("spicy"). The nonet features a vocalist (Rei Alvarez), a brassy four-horn front line, and a cohesive rhythm section ...