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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Concha Buika: I Feel the Warmer Side of Life When I Sing

Read "Concha Buika: I Feel the Warmer Side of Life When I Sing" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

When Spanish singer Concha Buika sings, songs uncoil from her like smoke. Whether she sings jazz classics, Jacquel Brel, Chavella Vargas songs or her own songs, there is a warm intimacy in her husky and seductive voice that easily envelops listeners. 15 years after her debut, Mestizuo, a record with jazz classics she continues her musical ...

Alfonso Calvo Septet: Sea Ahead

Read "Sea Ahead" reviewed by James Nadal

From the burgeoning and prolific Spanish jazz scene comes another quality production on the progressive Free Code label, based out of Galicia. Continuing this musical momentum is local bassist Alfonso Calvo, who formed a septet to showcase his compositional and leadership skills on Sea Ahead. Calvo was motivated from his recent association with Marcos Pin's “Broken ...

Telmo Fernandez / Phil Wilkinson / Caspar St Charles: The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 2

Read "The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 2" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The Telmo Fernández Organ Trio has already been on the soul jazz beat--as the title of The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 2 makes clear. The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 1 (Free Code Jazz Records, 2015) was delightful, Vol. 2 carries on in the same vein, this time giving each individual musician a name credit.

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Michael Olivera Group: Ashé

Read "Ashé" reviewed by James Nadal

While the rest of the world might not have noticed, there has been a continuous cultural exchange between Cuba and Spain for some time now. Due in fact to the historical connection, and that language is no problem, many Cuban musicians have found a haven in Spain to expand upon their talents in the burgeoning jazz ...

Liquid Trio: Marianne

Read "Marianne" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The free jazz of the Liquid Trio might best be described as quicksilver, a sort of liquified metal. In the context of music making, their ability to move and change shape instantly makes them difficult to contain. Marianne, the follow up to Primer Dia i Última Nit (Sirulita, 2013), is the second album released by this ...

Marcos Pin: Broken Artist

Read "Broken Artist" reviewed by James Nadal

Santiago de Compostela, Spain, is famous for the religious pilgrimage, but in the jazz world it is gaining a reputation as a breeding ground for premier musicians. A host of piano players make the area home, so guitarist Marcos Pin easily stands out in the crowd. The hard bop influenced Broken Artist is his tenth release ...

Naima: Bye

Read "Bye" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This Spanish piano trio's moniker is seemingly derived from John Coltrane's classic ballad “Naima," included on the seminal album Giant Steps (Atlantic, 1960). Nonetheless, they don't abide by conventional mainstream jazz nomenclatures. Even though the artists' engage in jazzy improvisational movements, their core methodology is not about bop or swing, and is more closely aligned with ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Maria Schneider on "The Thompson Fields"

Read "Maria Schneider on "The Thompson Fields"" reviewed by Marta Ramon

Maria Schneider is one of the most influential artists on the international jazz scene. Her open minded approach has led her to become a referent as a composer without being tagged to a specific genre. In the jazz panorama, she receives recognition for her impeccable, beautiful and meaningful compositions as well as for her passionate and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sumrrá: 5 Journeys

Read "5 Journeys" reviewed by James Nadal

The Spanish jazz scene continues to propagate, and is to the point now that it is self-sufficient in its creation of top rate artists. Not only are there younger players coming up, but the established veterans are maintaining an impressive output of new material. Sumrrá falls into the latter category, and with its release of 5 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Luis Merino: Blacky

Read "Blacky" reviewed by Roger Farbey

A strident piano chord progression introduces the moderately-paced majestic opener “New Day" with a lithely executed melody from the guitar of Luis Merino, leader of a quartet hailing from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. Proceedings hot-up with the brisk toe-tapper “El Estandar" clearly demonstrating that the guitarist is no slouch when it come to playing ...