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ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Douye: At Last, A Sophisticated Lady

Read "Douye: At Last,  A Sophisticated Lady" reviewed by Jim Worsley

On a quiet night if you listen very carefully you can still hear the timeless echoed voices eminating from the golden age of the jazz songstress. Perhaps it is the lingering tone of Sarah Vaughan, or the still haunting expressions of Billie Holiday, or the pure magic of Ella Fitzgerald. Or maybe, just maybe, there is ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Conversation with Douye

Read "A Conversation with Douye" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Douye is a seasoned singer whose soulful and delicate approach to jazz vocal has captured the interest of many in the last year. Her chart topping album Daddy Said So features top notch jazz musicians including: Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Benito Gonzalez, Essiet Essiet Okon, Curry Rawls, Zem Audu, Joel Scott, Clayton Cameron, Edwin Livingston, Kiyoshi ...

Arturo O'Farrill, Chucho Valdes: Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico

Read "Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dizzy Gillespie ricordava con amarezza il modo con cui la critica jazz aveva trattato la sua collaborazione col conguero Chano Pozo, giudicandola un'eccentricità marginale. Il trombettista la giudicava invece il momento culminante della sua carriera. Quell'atteggiamento verso il cosiddetto Latin Jazz è ancora diffuso e il multiforme terreno d'incontro tra jazz e musiche dei caraibi è ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Albert Marques Trio: Live In The South Bronx

Read "Live In The South Bronx" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's something uncommonly special about the way that the young Spanish pianist Albert Marques manages to wed elegant expressions with rumbling designs in his work, limning the very nature of his being and his adopted Bronx turf through fingers and keys. He's “tough but sweet" according to Arturo O'Farrill, who penned the liner notes for this ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Stranger Days: Stranger Days

Read "Stranger Days" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Trumpeter Adam O'Farrill is still very young, but that is not keeping him from making waves with his debut album Stranger Days and band of the same name, comprised of O'Farrill, tenor saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz- Brown, bassist Walter Stinson and his older brother, drummer Zack O'Farrill.

Of course, it does not hurt to have ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Latin Jazz Roundup: Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, Terceto Kali, Will Jarvis, Livio Almeida, & Sergio Pereira

Read "Latin Jazz Roundup: Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, Terceto Kali, Will Jarvis, Livio Almeida, & Sergio Pereira" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

A wide variety of recent Latin jazz releases. Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and flamenco influences are all represented.

Mike Freeman ZonaVibe
Blue Tjade
VOF Recordings
2015

Vibraphonist Mike Freeman leads his ZonaVibe group through an exciting program of Latin jazz originals on his sixth album as leader. The title tune ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Cuba: The Conversation Continues

Read "Cuba: The Conversation Continues" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

“I believe that there is no country in the world including any and all the countries under colonial domination, where economic colonization, humiliation and exploitation were worse than in Cuba...in part owing to my country's policies..." --President John F. Kennedy, October 1963

Revolution and musical genres share the characteristic of having an embryonic state. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The O'Farrill Brothers Band: Sensing Flight

Read "Sensing Flight" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The prodigious progeny of famed pianist/composer/bandleader Arturo O'Farrill rightfully turned a lot of heads with Giant Peach (Zoho Music, 2011), but that record is easily eclipsed by Sensing Flight. With this sophomore release, drummer Zack O'Farrill and still-in-his-teens trumpeter Adam O'Farrill have gone a step beyond, reaching a level of artistic confidence that eludes most musicians ...