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Fernando García: Guasábara Puerto Rico

Read "Guasábara Puerto Rico" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Puerto Rican born (now a New York City resident) drummer/composer Fernando García leads his young sextet through a set blending folkloric bomba rhythms and jazz. García was immersed in bomba after meeting master percussionist and folklorist Rafael Maya in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, where his parents lived. Maya taught the drummer the traditional tune “Guaynabo Mi Tambor," ...

Pablo Ziegler Trio: Jazz Tango

Read "Jazz Tango" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Jazz Tango--winner of the 2018 Grammy for “Best Latin Jazz Album"--is a distillation of pianist Pablo Ziegler's vision. Leading a trio of American-based Argentinians, Ziegler delivers a program that perfectly encapsulates the titular hybridized form that he knows so well.

This exhilarating outing opens on Nuevo Tango patriarch Astor Piazzolla's “Michelangelo 70," a ...

Guillermo Nojechowicz's El Eco: Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933

Read "Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933" reviewed by Troy Dostert

In 1933, Europeans were only beginning to understand the horrors that the Nazi regime would bring to the continent. But already at that early stage, Jewish communities reacted with alarm to Hitler's rise to power--and many consequently made the decision to emigrate. One of the most common destinations in the Western Hemisphere was Argentina, which had ...

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Hart, Scone & Albin: Leading The British Invasion

Read "Leading The British Invasion" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The British are coming, the British are coming! No, not the Redcoats with rifles or tide-shifting rock royalty like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and the like. This time, it's the might and music of the English songstress that's landing stateside.

With Leading The British Invasion, this smart and stinging organ trio salutes ...

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Hart, Scone & Albin: Leading The British Invasion

Read "Leading The British Invasion" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Hammond organ trio called Hart, Scone & Albin open up Leading the British Invasion by biting into “Rehab," from the songbook of the late British vocalist, Amy Winehouse. The tune--already dripping soul in its original edition--drips some, with the trio's muscular and propulsive approach.

The British Invasion the trio addresses throughout the set ...

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Gil Spitzer: Falando Docemente

Read "Falando Docemente" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bossa Nova music, from Brazil, became part of the America's DNA  in the early 1960s, with albums like Jazz Samba (Verve Records, 1962) and Getz/Gilberto (Verve Records, 1964). The key players: Saxophonist Stan Getz, guitarist Charlie Byrd, vocalist/guitarist Joao Gilberto; composer/pianist Antonio Carlos Jobim.

With Falando Docemente alto saxophonist Gil Spitzer--who cites Stan Getz ...

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Garry Dial: Rediscovered Ellington

Read "Rediscovered Ellington" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Fans of Duke Ellington who think they've heard it all should prepare themselves for a most pleasant surprise: a treasure-trove of “rediscovered" songs composed or co-written by Ellington, several of which had never before been recorded, wonderfully performed by Germany's world-class WDR Big Band conducted by Rich DeRosa and featuring the prodigious talents of guests Garry ...

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Swingadelic: Mercerville

Read "Mercerville" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Swingadelic loves a good tribute. This little big band's first date for Zoho was all about Duke--Pearson, not Ellington--and its second set on that imprint focused on the music of New Orleans icon Allen Toussaint. Now the group has set its sights on another singular figure, taking a trip to Johnny Mercer country with positive results. ...

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Garry Dial: Rediscovered Ellington

Read "Rediscovered Ellington" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

When a Duke Ellington disc spins, it's always a joyful noise. In addition to his own seemingly countless recordings, stellar tributes to Ellington often shine by reinterpreting the classic sound--the Count Basie Orchestra's Count Plays Duke (MAMA Records, 1998); Joyful Noise: a Tribute To Duke Ellington by Don Sebesky; and The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra's In ...

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Dial & Oatts, Rich DeRosa, and the WDR Big Band: Rediscovered Ellington

Read "Rediscovered Ellington" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Pianist Garry Dial and saxophonist Dick Oatts have teamed up frequently in recent years as “Dial and Oatts," on some occasions to record their own material (Dial and Oatts, 1990) and on others to breathe new life into classic jazz repertoire (Dial and Oatts Play Cole Porter, 1993). Their latest, Rediscovered Ellington, is of course an ...