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Stefon Harris / David Sanchez / Christian Scott: Ninety Miles

Read "Ninety Miles" reviewed by Ian Patterson

On paper, Ninety Miles was a tantalizing project from the beginning; bringing together three of the most exciting voices in modern jazz--Puerto Rican-born tenor saxophonist David Sanchez, New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott, and New York vibraphonist Stefon Harris-- and transport them to Havana to play with two outstanding, piano-led Cuban jazz quartets. The American red tape ...

Stefon Harris / David Sanchez / Christian Scott: Ninety Miles

Read "Ninety Miles" reviewed by John Kelman

They're all relative youngsters in a jazz world that still finds nonagenarians like Dave Brubeck hitting the summer festival circuit. Tenor saxophonist David Sánchez may be the elder statesman on the marquis of Ninety Miles, with vibraphonist Stefon Harris in the middle position at 38 and trumpeter Christian Scott still on the shy side of 30, ...

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David Sanchez: Cultural Survival

Read "Cultural Survival" reviewed by Brandt Reiter

Never one to play it safe, the adventurous Puerto Rican saxophonist David Sánchez has switched record labels, leaving Sony Music after a fruitful 11-year stint that culminated in a Latin Grammy for Coral, his 2004 CD of Latin classics with strings. He’s also revamped his band--out is longtime alto sax associate Miguel Zenón (who’s since emerged ...

David Sanchez: Cultural Survival

Read "Cultural Survival" reviewed by Chris May

It's been almost four years since saxophonist David Sanchez released Coral (Columbia, 2004), the disc which marked the end of an eleven year relationship with Sony Music--and it's wonderful to have his big, singing, prolix tenor back, on song and kicking.



Sanchez has not been idle since Coral, touring extensively with his own band, ...

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Poncho Sanchez: Raise Your Hand

Read "Raise Your Hand" reviewed by Chip Boaz

An album reflects an artistic personality; the creative mixture of past influences determines the current output. When Concord Records acquired the Rhythm 'n Blues label Stax, percussionist Poncho Sanchez gained access to musicians and repertoire that shaped his musical identity. This provided Sanchez the opportunity to paint a fuller picture of his artistic background. On Raise ...

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Caribbean Jazz Project featuring Dave Samuels: Mosaic

Read "Mosaic" reviewed by Victor Verney

Mosaic is the first studio album since 2003 by the Carribean Jazz Project, led by vibes/marimba specialist Dave Samuels. Drawing on a variety of Afro-Cuban, Venezuelan, Peruvian, Jamaican and other North American rhythms, this release features three different bands. On four tracks, Samuels leads a quintet with keyboardist Alain Mallet, bassist Boris Kozlov, drummer Dafnis Prieto ...

Poncho Sanchez: Do It!

Read "Do It!" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Poncho Sanchez is the Energizer Bunny, or maybe the Cal Ripken Jr., of Latin jazz. Since 1982, the veteran conga player and bandleader has turned out consistently excellent, high-octane albums on an annual basis for Concord Picante, some two dozen so far.

His latest, Do It!, doesn't mess with the formula that's made ...

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Eddie Palmieri: Listen Here!

Read "Listen Here!" reviewed by Jim Santella

The big band sound of Eddie Palmieri's powerful ensemble leaves no doubt: Latin jazz has the capacity to excite, to thrill, and to interpret good music all night long.

Featured solo voices include trumpeter Bryan Lynch, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, trombonist Conrad Herwig, and pianist Palmieri. His musical guests give Listen Here! an added ...

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Poncho Sanchez: Do It!

Read "Do It!" reviewed by Jim Santella

While the personnel helping to provide the trademark Latin jazz sound of Poncho Sanchez has changed somewhat, the personality of his band and its convincing approach just keeps on getting better. Like fine wine...

Special guests Hugh Masekela and Tower of Power give Do It! a classic funk quality that extends throughout the entire ...

Eddie Palmieri: Listen Here!

Read "Listen Here!" reviewed by Robert R. Calder

Is Latin jazz some musicians' excuse for having fun? Eddie Palmieri's really a jazz-influenced Latin pianist, but he has lots of fun running and recording bands of top-line jazzmen. He's no conventionally accomplished contemporary jazz pianist, but all the better because he's unconventional, distinguished mostly by his very competent musical extrovert verve.

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