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Papo Vazquez: Oasis

Read "Oasis" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Trombonist/composer Papo Vazquez brings in his Mighty Pirates Troubadours for another musical adventure full of scintillating melodies, energetic rhythms and heady grooves all of which make for a wonderful album. Not content to stay within one genre, Vazquez blends and mixes them with the skill of a wizard. The styles slide into place easily and compactly, ...

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Papo Vazquez and The Mighty Pirates: Marooned/Aislado: Live at the Painted Bride Art Center

Read "Marooned/Aislado: Live at the Painted Bride Art Center" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Few musicians in Latin jazz have more street cred than trombonist Papo Vazquez. A member of the seminal Fort Apache Band, he has been a part of this music's renaissance both in the US and in Puerto Rico for several decades. He has been at the forefront of producing an Afro-Puerto Rican jazz that leans on ...

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Papo Vazquez and The Mighty Pirates: Aislado: Live at the Painted Bride Art Center

Read "Aislado: Live at the Painted Bride Art Center" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Fate deals its own hand. Papo Vazquez and The Mighty Pirates were scheduled to perform at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia when an ice storm came by the previous day. And so, a two-hour drive from New York City turned into a five-hour ordeal. One would think that the strains of the journey would ...

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Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours: From The Badlands

Read "From The Badlands" reviewed by Chip Boaz

Poet Lola Rodriguez del Tio declared Puerto Rico and Cuba as “two wings of the same bird, yet many people lose sight of Puerto Rico's musical contributions. Numerous Latin jazz musicians hold Puerto Rican heritage, yet most songs mix jazz harmonies with Cuban rhythms. New York Puerto Rican musicians applied their identities to traditional dance music, ...

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Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadors: From the Badlands

Read "From the Badlands" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Papo Vazquez wears his hats as composer, arranger and trombone player comfortably. As a composer he uses several genres including the aguinaldo, guaracha, bomba, mambo and jazz. His arrangements draw strong ensemble lines and then open the door to let the soloists ride into their improvisations. As a trombone player he has a vitality that lifts ...