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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Hilario Durán At Telus Centre

Read "Hilario Durán At Telus Centre" reviewed by Alain Londes

Hilario Durán and his Latin Jazz Big Band
Telus Centre for Performance and Learning
Toronto, Canada
February 9, 2019

A “dream concert" is how Hilario Durán characterized the show featuring his Latin Jazz Big Band and the great drummer Horacio “El Negro" Hernández. Cuban-born piano great Durán settled in Canada in the mid-nineties and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jay Danley: Ethio Jazz Volume One

Read "Ethio Jazz Volume One" reviewed by Anya Wassenberg

Complex rhythms and relentless grooves are what set music from the so-called golden era of Ethiopian jazz apart, and it's that essential and even hypnotic energy that guitarist and composer Jay Danley captures in Ethio Jazz Volume One.

Arguably the most important--certainly the most recognizable--element of classic Ethiopian jazz is its bass-heavy groove patterns. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jay Danley: Ethio Jazz Volume One

Read "Ethio Jazz Volume One" reviewed by Geno Thackara

The roots of Ethio-jazz may date back to the '50s, but Jay Danley and crew show that it's too fresh and funky to be chained to any era--the grooves are slick, the bass catchy, the brisk rhythms expertly woven like the strands of a rope, and the cast is clearly having a good time. The Canadian ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra: Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait

Read "Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To commemorate Canada's one hundred-fiftieth anniversary in 2017, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra commissioned eleven of the country's foremost jazz composers to write music “reflecting some aspect of Canada or being Canadian." The resulting Suite 150 was performed for appreciative audiences and recorded for posterity in November 2017 and March 2018 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ron Korb: Pan-Global Flutist

Read "Ron Korb: Pan-Global Flutist" reviewed by Rob Caldwell

In a 20-year career, Grammy nominated flutist Ron Korb has experienced the lows and highs of a touring musician. He's been stuck in the Panamanian jungle when the bus transporting he and his band to their show broke down, leaving them teetering on the top of a hillside for hours in the blazing sun while repairs ...

Arturo O'Farrill, Chucho Valdes: Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico

Read "Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dizzy Gillespie ricordava con amarezza il modo con cui la critica jazz aveva trattato la sua collaborazione col conguero Chano Pozo, giudicandola un'eccentricità marginale. Il trombettista la giudicava invece il momento culminante della sua carriera. Quell'atteggiamento verso il cosiddetto Latin Jazz è ancora diffuso e il multiforme terreno d'incontro tra jazz e musiche dei caraibi è ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Latin Jazz Roundup: Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, Terceto Kali, Will Jarvis, Livio Almeida, & Sergio Pereira

Read "Latin Jazz Roundup: Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, Terceto Kali, Will Jarvis, Livio Almeida, & Sergio Pereira" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

A wide variety of recent Latin jazz releases. Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and flamenco influences are all represented.

Mike Freeman ZonaVibe
Blue Tjade
VOF Recordings
2015

Vibraphonist Mike Freeman leads his ZonaVibe group through an exciting program of Latin jazz originals on his sixth album as leader. The title tune ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

David Buchbinder & Odessa/Havana featuring Hilario Duran: Walk to the Sea

Read "Walk to the Sea" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Dopo l'apprezzato album Odessa/Havana del 2007, il trombettista canadese David Buchbinder e il pianista cubano Hilario Duran tornano a registrare la loro originalmente eclettica proposta di musica “ebraico-cubana." La formazione che li accompagna è ampia e variegata, ovviamente ricca di percussionisti--mai però presenti tutti assieme--e in alcune tracce caratterizzata dalla presenza di cantanti--in particolare della brava ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

David Buchbinder: Walk to the Sea

Read "David Buchbinder: Walk to the Sea" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Now that the exploration of the relationships between different ethnic musics and modern-day improvised music has reached the first of- hopefully-many crescendos, forward-looking artists such as the Canadian trumpeter David Buchbinder and pianist Hilario Duran have been looking at the many intersections of disparate-seeming ethnic musics through the same lens. Never mind the fact that a ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Another Great New Year's Eve at Bimhuis

Another Great New Year's Eve at Bimhuis

In Amsterdam, the party is often the city itself, and that holds especially true on New Year’s Eve. For jazz fans, the local institution Bimhuis is consistently the finest fiesta in town. A mix of excellent entertainment, followed by early morning DJs, dancing and dining has established Bimhuis as one of Amsterdam’s premiere holiday destinations. This year’s gala opens with a dynamic ...