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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joo Kraus/Omar Sosa/Gustavo Ovalles: JOG

Read "JOG" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

You have to hand it to pianist Omar Sosa. With the exception of some return trips to the solo piano format, he never really repeats himself. Over the past two decades, Sosa has worked alone, gone the duo route with Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, shared billing/leadership duties with flutist Mark Weinstein, worked with Germany's NDR Bigband, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mark Weinstein: In Jerusalem

Read "In Jerusalem" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Flutist Mark Weinstein has made a career of fusing world music elements with jazzy sensibilities with finesse and style. On In Jerusalem he tackles the rich Hasidic heritage of song. He and his band interpret both secular and religious tunes as well as original compositions with delightful spontaneity and ethereal diapason.

The Sabbath hymn ...

Furthering The Flute In Jazz: Holly Hofmann and Bill McBirnie

Read "Furthering The Flute In Jazz: Holly Hofmann and Bill McBirnie" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Long gone are the days when the flute was only seen as a jazz novelty or a saxophonist's double. Once upon a time you could count the number of notable jazz flautists on a hand (or two), but the ranks have swelled a little bit over the years, and those leading the charge today aren't content ...

Mark Weinstein: Latin Jazz Underground

Read "Mark Weinstein: Latin Jazz Underground" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Has flautist Mark Weinstein run out of ideas on how to merge various dialects of Latin jazz with other musical tongues? The answer is a resounding “no." Latin Jazz Underground finds Weinstein saluting the loft jazz scene of the '70s by tackling the work of jazz iconoclasts-turned-icons--pianist Andrew Hill and saxophonists Ornette Coleman and Sam Rivers--and ...

Take Five with Aruan Ortiz

Read "Take Five with Aruan Ortiz" reviewed by Aruan Ortiz

Meet Aruan Ortiz: Named “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States" by BET Jazz, this classically trained violist and pianist from Santiago de Cuba, considers himself “a curious person who loves music," and portrays his music as an architectural structure of sounds, incorporating contemporary classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and improvisation as primary material ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mark Weinstein: Todo Corazon

Read "Todo Corazon" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Mark Weinstein's modus operandi is simple: He follows his interests at any given time. He found success as a groundbreaking salsa trombonist early on, but that didn't stop him from leaving his horn behind and entering the realm of academia. He earned a Ph.D in Philosophy, with a specialization in mathematical logic, and started teaching at ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Jazzheads Jazz Festival Took Place In New York City On May 4-5, 2012

Jazzheads Jazz Festival Took Place In New York City On May 4-5, 2012

This year Jazzheads celebrates its 20th anniversary as a label. The first annual Jazzheads Jazz Festival took place at the Players Club in New York City on May 4-5, 2012. The Players Club is the beautiful 18th century townhouse that belonged to Edwin Booth, the great Shakespearean actor and brother to John Wilkes. The townhouse has a performing banquet hall with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Carlos Jimenez / Mambo Dulcet: Red Tailed Hawk

Read "Red Tailed Hawk" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Latin jazz flute players aren't exactly commonplace, but artists like Dave Valentin, Nestor Torres, Bobby Porcelli and, more recently, Mark Weinstein have helped to widen this avenue of instrumental exploration. They've paved the way and opened up a world of possibilities for fine and feisty flautists of the present and future to flourish in danceable domains. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Carlos Jimenez & Mambo Dulcet: Red Tailed Hawk

Read "Red Tailed Hawk" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Lively danceable Latin music comes alive on flautist Carlos Jimenez and his Mambo Dulcet band's Red Tailed Hawk, presenting six originals and four covers on a landscape of hot Afro-Cuban rhythms. Jimenez and his group navigate through the high flying winds of the genre, incorporating elements of salsa and jazz in a decidedly shoulder-moving session of ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Eugene Holley Jr.'s Best Releases of 2011

Read "Eugene Holley Jr.'s Best Releases of 2011" reviewed by Eugene Holley, Jr.

At a time when Hispanics are the dominant minority in the United States, The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences has decided to eliminate the Latin Jazz category. This list is posted in solidarity with those who demand that the category be reinstated.






Fabian Almazan ...