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Alex Wintz: LifeCycle

Read "LifeCycle" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Life cycles mark and determine how we develop, where we travel, and why we arrive and thrive in different places, figuratively and literally, at any given time. That's the point that guitarist Alex Wintz's music makes here, as this project takes its cues from the larger natural theme while growing specifically from his own personal and ...

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Etienne Charles: San José Suite

Read "San José Suite" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il trombettista di Trinidad conferma d'essere solista e autore raffinato, capace di trovare nuovi motivi d'ispirazione nell'incontro tra il jazz moderno e il folklore dei caraibi. La suite che presenta in questo ultimo disco è un tributo ad alcune popolazioni tradizionali di Trinidad (Nepuyo), Costa Rica (Boruca) e della California (Muwekma Ohlone) e alle loro musiche. ...

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Etienne Charles: San José Suite

Read "San José Suite" reviewed by Nigel Campbell

Whenever Trinidadian jazz trumpeter and composer Etienne Charles releases an album, it is an event. In this case, it is his latest opus, the ten-part San José Suite--soon to be performed live in Trinidad and Tobago for the first time on November 20. [The album was released in the US in June 2016 and debuted live ...

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Etienne Charles: Creole Soul

Read "Etienne Charles: Creole Soul" reviewed by Nigel Campbell

With his simple declaration, “sound is my art...I just try to create," Trinidadian jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles puts into context his role of creator and producer in relation to his latest recording. This new album, previewed earlier this year in Tobago at Jazz on the Beach at Mt Irvine, reveals an evolution of his art that ...

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Etienne Charles: Kaiso

Read "Kaiso" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

With Kaiso, trumpeter Etienne Charles revisits his robust Trinidad-Tobago roots, brilliantly exposing their beauty, mystery and fascinating flavors. The fruits of Charles and crew's labor blossom from multiple Caribbean grooves into a highly energized performance, with more jazz-tinged interpretations than his prior outing, the highly acclaimed Folklore (Self-Produced, 2009). The title tune, from ...

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Etienne Charles: Kaiso

Read "Kaiso" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The names Aldwyn Roberts and Slinger Francisco might not ring a bell in jazz circles, but trumpeter Etienne Charles' Kaiso helps to rectify that issue. Charles pays tribute to these two giants of calypso music, better known respectively as Lord Kitchener and Mighty Sparrow, and explores the fusion of Caribbean music, Latin rhythms, the sounds of ...


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