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Akira Tana & Otonowa: Ai San San: Love's Radiance

Read "Ai San San: Love's Radiance" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Ai San San: Love's Radiance is musical transformation of the highest caliber. It employs traditional and contemporary Japanese melodies and molds them into a marvelously arranged and performed jazz album. Traditional Japanese instruments enhance textural dimension.

The opener, “Antagata Dakosa," is vaguely reminiscent of Mongo Santamaria's “Afro Blue" and is a terrific straight-ahead ...

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Derek Smith: Latin Expression

Read "Latin Expression" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The title of Derek Smith's Latin Expression falls somewhat short of the actual experience. It does not even begin to describe the utter joy that arises from the resonant, fluttering, dancing music that swathes the record. Perhaps “Latin Explosion" might have been more appropriate? Steel panist/vibraphonist Smith plunges, body and soul, into a veritable carnival of ...

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Greg Diamond: Dancando Com Ale

Read "Dancando Com Ale" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The intended program that an artist brings to a recording date is usually a good measure of his or her maturity and confidence. For instance, to begin a record with a song that is complex, harmonically and rhythmically bodes well for what is to follow. Guitarist Greg Diamond thought it fitting to begin Dancando Com Ale ...