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Samuel Torres: Alegria

Read "Alegria" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

After delivering a politically-pointed statement in the form of Forced Displacement (Zoho Music, 2015), Colombian percussionist Samuel Torres most certainly could've doubled-down in that direction. There's no shortage of political turmoil across the globe these days, so that move would've been completely understandable. But, as Torres clearly understands, there's something to be said for the power ...

Albare: Only Human

Read "Only Human" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Australian guitarist Albare (Albert Dadon) celebrates ethnic diversity and cultural threads common to all people with the effervescent Only Human. Together with pianist Phil Turcio they have penned a set of ten catchy, impressionistic tunes that the band interprets with tastefully understated performances.

The breezy music coalesces around a few clean and elementary motifs ...