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Yusef Lateef: The Doctor Is In ...And Out

Read "The Doctor Is In ...And Out" reviewed by Chris May

The soul-jazz albums Yusef Lateef recorded for Atlantic between 1967 and 1976, of which The Doctor Is In...And Out is the tenth and final release, may prove to be among his most enduring releases. That suggestion will not chime with the sentiments of many of Lateef's longtime fans, who who dismiss the Atlantics as sell-outs and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jose Mauro: Obnoxius

Read "Obnoxius" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The oddly-titled Obnoxius bears precious little, and yet quite curious, baggage. Little is known about its original 1971 release other than it came out on a label founded by Brazilian producer Roberto Quartin, who also worked with Eumir Deodato.

We seem to know even less about songwriter, guitarist, vocalist and arranger Jose Mauro. We ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

From Microtones to Mauro to MFSB

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Dave Fiuczynski
Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam!
RareNoise Records
2016

Simultaneously dedicated to 20th century classical composer Olivier Messiaen and legendary rap and hip-hop producer J Dilla, Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! is a musical adventurer's dream and a purist's nightmare. But anything more conventional from conceptualist, composer and guitarist ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ithamara Koorax: All Around the World

Read "All Around the World" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

All Around the World represents several milestones for firebrand Brazilian vocalist Ithamara Koorax: It marks her twentieth release as a leader, celebrates the 25th year of her career, and, just like her first official release (Ithamara Koorax Live in Rio [1993, JVC]), All Around the World comes digitally straight from the soundboard, with no overdubs or ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

From Sea to Shining Sea: Music Central to South and Latin America

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Aguankó
Invisible
Aguankó Music
2015

In 2012, conguero and composer Alberto Nacif, a Mexican native transplanted in Michigan, brought together some of the area's most skilled Afro-Cuban and Latin musicians to form Aguankó. Their small ensemble with a large Latin jazz sound herewith follows up their self-produced 2013 debut Elemental ...

A Jazz Holiday In Rio

Read "A Jazz Holiday In Rio" reviewed by Mark Holston

For most, mention a trip to Brazil and what comes automatically to mind is that vast tropical country's annual Carnaval celebration and the lure of its endless beaches. The high season, from December to early March, is when this nation of 200 million receives the most visitors by far. During Brazil's winter season, from roughly from ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Collin Walcott: Grazing Dreams

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Colin Walcott
Grazing Dreams
ECM Records
1977

It's always great to go back and revisit a longtime favorite not heard in too long. Today's Rediscovery? Collin Walcott's Grazing Dreams, an ECM classic with Don Cherry, John Abercrombie, Palle Danielsson and Dom Um Romao. A truly deep recording that makes Walcott's death ...

Dexter Payne: Pra Vocé

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Pra Vocé is clarinetist Dexter Payne's homage to the late Thiago de Mello, the composer, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist whose life and music reflected the panoramic beauty of his native Brazil and with whom Payne recorded several beautifully reflective pieces of music, including and especially their self-produced 2007 duet Another Feeling (2006, Dexofon). Take time to stroll ...

Worlds Apart, Whirled Together

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BossaCucaNova
Our Kind of Bossa
Six Degrees
2014

Our Kind of Bossa celebrates fifteen fun years of BossaCucaNova, one of Brazil's most adventurous contemporary ensembles (and was also timed to coincide with Brazil hosting the 2014 soccer World Cup). These eleven tracks fuse the electro-bossa nova for which the group ...

Fabrizio Sotti: Right Now

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Right Now consolidates the many different threads that Italian songwriter, guitarist and producer Fabrizio Sotti has explored in his career and weaves them all into a singular, beautiful tapestry. Serving as arranger and producer, he divides Right Now into an even mix of jazzy, reflective originals and soft jazz reflections of songs by Bob Marley, U2 ...