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Sonantes: Sonantes

Read "Sonantes" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Lei è giovane, bella e brava. Loro sono giovani e bravi. Sono i Sonantes di San Paolo, la capitale economica del Brasile. Lei è CéU, una cantante con già all'attivo un ottimo album omonimo [leggi qui la recensione], perfettamente in grado, assieme a Cibelle e ad altre giovani cantanti, di portare la modernizzazione della musica brasiliana, sulla scia della ...

Etienne Mbappe: Su La Take

Read "Su La Take" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Little wonder that the late keyboardist Joe Zawinul recruited Cameroonian vocalist/bassist Etienne Mbappe to the Syndicate in 2001. His honey-sweet, yet smoky vocals, enviable writing and arranging skills and an electric bass technique second to none have also attracted the likes of kora player Toumani Diabte, guitarist/singer Ali Farka Tourre, guitarist Nguyen Le and singers Ray ...

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Jim Tomlinson / Stacey Kent: The Lyric

Read "The Lyric" reviewed by Andrew Velez

Brimming with pop and jazz standards, The Lyric (winner of the BBC's 2006 Jazz Album of the Year award) launches with Brit tenor sax man Jim Tomlinson and trio's warm breezy take on “Manha de Carnival, on which pianist David Newton, bassist Dave Chamberlain and drummer Matt Skelton provide very tasty punctuation.

Easy bossa is a ...

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Ray Barretto: Time Was - Time Is

Read "Time Was - Time Is" reviewed by Russ Musto

Ray Barretto continues to refine his brand of swinging, Latin-inflected jazz with each succeeding release. On Time Was - Time Is, the venerable conguero leads a polished instrumental ensemble featuring Joe Magnarelli on trumpet and Myron Walden on alto with Robert Rodriguez at the piano and Sean Conly and Vince Cherico on bass and drums.

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Sarah Morrow: The American All Stars In Paris

Read "The American All Stars In Paris" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

It seems like a familiar story by now. A group of American ex-pat musicians in Paris is well regarded there, despite having little recognition on this side of the Atlantic. Trombonist Sarah Morrow is here joined by veteran saxman Hal Singer, organist Rhoda Scott, bassist Wayne Dockery (a former Jazz Messenger), and drummer John Betsch. Two ...

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Ray Barretto: Time Was - Time Is

Read "Time Was - Time Is" reviewed by Jim Santella

The Ray Barretto Sextet delivers. It turns a program of traditional songs and original pieces into a performance of modern jazz designed to inspire. The conguero, who knows about finding rich talent, has put together a stellar ensemble that performs with cohesion, precision, and passion.

It's been nearly fifty years since Barretto replaced Mongo ...

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Etienne Mbapp: Misiya

Read "Misiya" reviewed by Annika Westman

Fairly unknown to big audiences, but at the same time one of the most talented African bass players, Etienne Mbappé has, since moving to Paris from his home country Cameroon in the '70s, played with musicians such as Joe Zawinul, Manu Dibango, Salif Keita, and his own fusion bands Chic and Ultramarine.

Misiya, his first solo ...

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Sarah Morrow: American All-Stars in Paris

Read "American All-Stars in Paris" reviewed by Jim Santella

Backed by a hot jazz ensemble from Paris, trombonist Sarah Morrow steps out with a firm grasp of the situation. She and her band swing hard, creatively interpreting these standard tunes. Her solo trombone voice, alongside those of tenor giant Hal Singer and organist Rhoda Scott, results in a hearty party that could last all night ...