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Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita: Transparent Water

Read "Transparent Water" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Cuban Pianist Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora player and vocalist Seckou Keita have assembled an extraordinary album seamlessly melding Latin American and West African music. Additional guest instrumentalists bring with them a host of other sounds predominantly emanating from the Far East. The koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument whilst the sheng is a Chinese ...

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Gilad Atzmon And The Orient House Ensemble: Songs Of The Metropolis

Read "Songs Of The Metropolis" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The metropolis is central to the life of a jazz musician. It's where the work is, where the conservatories are, where the music emerged and developed. Gilad Atzmon, the saxophonist and composer who's been described as the hardest working man in UK jazz, writes that Songs Of The Metropolis is “A pursuit of the sound of ...

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Daniel Melingo: Corazón & Hueso

Read "Corazón & Hueso" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Qualcuno l'ha definito come l'uomo che ha reso 'cool' il tango. Noi preferiamo consigliarvelo semplicemente perché Corazón & Hueso è un album che mette d'accordo tutti, amanti del vecchio tango argentino e cercatori di buone canzoni baciate da quel retrogusto di pagine sgualcite di libri e foto in bianco e nero. Melingo è un cantante che prima di approdare al ...

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Amira Medunjanin: Amulette

Read "Amulette" reviewed by Nejra Majdanac

Singer Amira Medunjanin's third studio album, Amulette, consists of ten Songs from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia, all combining the beauty of cultural musical differences. She has come a long way since her debut, Rosa (Snail Records, 2005), recorded with Mostar Sevdah Reunion and her follow-up. Zumra (World Village, 2010), her collaboration with accordionist ...

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Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrami Fard: I Will Not Stand Alone

Read "I Will Not Stand Alone" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Iranian kamanche virtuoso and innovative composer Kayhan Kalhor is known for his international collaborations with cellist Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the Persian-Indian ensemble m: Ghazal = 23569, and the Brooklyn Rider string quartet . I Will Not Stand Alone, is a spellbinding meditation on one of the most difficult stages in his ...

Omara Portuondo & Chucho Valdes: Omara & Chucho

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Omara Portuondo and Chucho Valdés

Omara & Chucho

World Village

2011

After 50 years of carrying a torch for Bueno Vista Social Club singer Omara Portuondo, pianist Chucho Valdés has finally succeeded in getting her into bed. The rear sleeve photo on Omara & Chucho shows the pair side by ...

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Lila Downs: y La Misteriosa en Paris - Live à FIP

Read "y La Misteriosa en Paris - Live à FIP" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Registrato l'11 maggio 2009, questo live parigino di Lila Downs, figlia del cineoperatore e docente scozzese/americano Allen Downs e della cantante mixteca Anita Sànchez e cresciuta fra Messico e California, riunisce - com'è del resto usuale per la quarantaduenne artista nativa dell'Oaxaca - brani originali da lei scritti col marito Paul Cohen (qui a sax tenore e clarinetto) e rielaborazioni ...

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Yasmin Levy: Sentir

Read "Sentir" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Yasmin Levy, cantante e autrice israeliana non ancora trentacinquenne, è al suo quinto album. La sua area di appartenenza stilistica si muove su un crinale che ingloba (per lo più tenendoli separati, fra brano e brano) evidenti elementi latini (il flamenco, per esempio, ma non solo) e più alonati (quanto fisiologici) profumi mediorientali. In questo Sentir, i brani a sua ...

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Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble: The Tide Has Changed

Read "The Tide Has Changed" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The genre-conflating musical behemoth that is the Orient House Ensemble, led by multi-instrumentalist, composer, essayist and political commentator Gilad Atzmon, celebrates its 10th anniversary with the release of its seventh album, The Tide Has Changed. Funny, eerie, romantic and intriguing by turns, this is a work of tremendous warmth and strength. Atzmon's spirit and soul inhabit ...

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Catherine Russell: Inside This Heart of Mine

Read "Inside This Heart of Mine" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Certo che non è facile trattenere l'invidia a scorrere l'album di famiglia di Catherine Russell: figlia di Luis, pianista, arrangiatore e a lungo direttore musicale di Louis Armstrong, e di Carline Ray, contrabbassista con Mary Lou Williams e le International Sweethearts of Rhyhtm, rarissima big band tutta al femminile. Come se non bastasse, un video nel suo sito ce ...