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Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers: Chucho's Steps

Read "Chucho's Steps" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The odyssey of pianist Chucho Valdés has been well documented from his early days in Cuba playing in his father Bebo's Sabor de Cuba Orchestra to the founding of Irakere and on to new pastures as he infused fresh blood into Latin music and jazz. Valdez has never been fettered; his ideas are constantly evolving, finding ...

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Chucho Valdes & The Afro-Cuban Messengers: Chucho's Steps

Read "Chucho's Steps" reviewed by Chris May

The semiology contained on pianist Chucho Valdés' magnificent Chucho's Steps points to the character of the music before the disc has even been taken out of its sleeve. First there's the name of the group and its reference to drummer Art Blakey's ferociously swinging Jazz Messengers. Then there's the title of the opener, “Las dos caras" ...

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Chucho Valdes & The Afro-Cuban Messengers: Chucho's Steps

Read "Chucho's Steps" reviewed by Chris May

La semiología contenida en el magnífico Chucho's Steps de Chucho Valdés define el carácter de la música antes de haber reproducido el disco. En primer lugar, la referencia al batería Art Blakey y al swing apasionado y feroz de los Jazz Messengers. Luego, el título de la pieza inicial, Las dos caras, que apunta a las ...

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Cindy Blackman: Another Lifetime

Read "Another Lifetime" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Drummer Cindy Blackman has played with acts from Lenny Kravitz to Joe Henderson but it was Tony Williams, one of the greatest drummers of all time, who was her main influence. Blackman's dynamic Another Lifetime pays tribute to her mentor and friend and is centered primarily on Williams' role as a founding father of jazz-rock fusion. ...

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Cindy Blackman: Another Lifetime

Read "Another Lifetime" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

When Cindy Blackman took an insult from another musician directed toward her and the late, great drum virtuoso Tony Williams, she got even. She decided that the best revenge would not be to snipe back, but instead to put together a band featuring guitarists Mike Stern and Vernon Reid, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, and other like-minded ...

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Cindy Blackman: Another Lifetime

Read "Another Lifetime" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

In paying tribute to her friend and mentor Tony Williams through songs and other material associated with him, drummer Cindy Blackman proves that she is not a slavish imitator. Blackman has always been a tasteful drummer. Never obtrusive, she strikes the right combination of dynamics, harmony, and accent. At home both in jazz and rock, this ...

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The Manhattan Transfer: The Chick Corea Songbook

Read "The Chick Corea Songbook" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The first edition of Manhattan Transfer was formed in 1969 by Gene Pistilli, Tim Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, and Pat Rosalia, splitting after one album. Hauser reformed the band in 1972 and, with Janis Siegel, Laurel Masse, and Alan Paul, established the group in New York, playing several club dates. The Manhattan Transfer (Atlantic, 1975), ...