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Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet: Diablo en Brooklyn

Read "Diablo en Brooklyn" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Gabriel Alegría is proud of the first five recordings by his Afro-Peruvian Sextet, but he's more proud of his sixth, Diablo en Brooklyn, than the rest. First, it's his first Sextet release completely recorded in Peru. Second, it reprises in-concert versions of band originals released on previous albums plus a twelve-minute hothouse expedition through the Gershwins' ...

Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey

Read "Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Afro-Cuban All Stars
Absolutely Live II
DM Ahora! Productions
2017

You can find many groups who call themselves “Afro-Cuban All Stars." But few have the pedigree of this ensemble led by vocalist Juan de Marcos, co-architect of the legendary Cuban roots Buena Vista Social Club sessions (1997, Nonesuch/Elektra) ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet Showcases Their Unique Fusion Of Jazz & Afro-peruvian Music On "Diablo En Brooklyn," Set For Sept. 22 Release

Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet Showcases Their Unique Fusion Of Jazz & Afro-peruvian Music On "Diablo En Brooklyn," Set For Sept. 22 Release

Gabriel Alegría has dedicated his life to introducing audiences to jazz-infused interpretations of traditional music from his Peruvian homeland, Afro-Peruvian arrangements of works from the Great American Songbook, and original compositions inspired by both styles. On Diablo en Brooklyn, the sixth recording by Alegría’s Afro-Peruvian Sextet, the ensemble presents what is without a doubt their most ...

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Audiophile Vinyl Release Of "10," By Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet, Due June 24

Audiophile Vinyl Release Of "10," By Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet, Due June 24

The release last year of 10, on ZOHO Music, marked a decade of musical innovation by Gabriel Alegría’s Afro- Peruvian Sextet, its program richly infused with Alegría’s trademark synthesis of folkloric Afro-Peruvian rhythms, jazz, and other musical strains. Now Alegría’s Saponegro Records is preparing to release an audiophile vinyl edition of 10 on June 24—the first such record ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet: 10

Read "10" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

10 celebrates the ten-year anniversary of the Afro-Peruvian Sextet founded and simultaneously led by horn player Gabriel Alegría from New York City (where Alegría serves as Professor of Jazz Studies at New York University) and Lima, Peru. “It's a concept album," Alegría shares. “For our tenth anniversary, we wanted to give special care to American and ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

From Sea to Shining Sea: Music Central to South and Latin America

Read "From Sea to Shining Sea: Music Central to South and Latin America" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Aguankó
Invisible
Aguankó Music
2015

In 2012, conguero and composer Alberto Nacif, a Mexican native transplanted in Michigan, brought together some of the area's most skilled Afro-Cuban and Latin musicians to form Aguankó. Their small ensemble with a large Latin jazz sound herewith follows up their self-produced 2013 debut Elemental ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet Celebrates 10th Anniversary With "10," Due From ZOHO Music on August 7

Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet Celebrates 10th Anniversary With "10," Due From ZOHO Music on August 7

A decade of musical innovation by Gabriel Alegría's Afro-Peruvian Sextet is something to celebrate, and the ensemble marks this anniversary in glorious style with the release of 10, due for release August 7 by ZOHO Music. The program on the band’s 5th CD is richly infused with Alegría’s trademark synthesis of folkloric Afro-Peruvian rhythms, jazz, and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet: Ciudad De Los Reyes

Read "Ciudad De Los Reyes" reviewed by Skip Heller

Trumpeter Gabriel Alegria has all but issued a mission statement to establish and cultivate a Peruvian/jazz style. Unlike most styles of Latin music, like montuno-based Afro-Cuban and bossa nova, Peruvian music does not stem from the clave rhythm, but instead from 12/8 (or 6/8, depending on who is your resident self-proclaimed expert). In short, it's a ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Latin Jazz Cavalcade

Read "Latin Jazz Cavalcade" reviewed by Nick Catalano

The onslaught of compelling Latin jazz concerts, club performances and recordings here in Gotham are attracting audiences all over town. Here are a few highlights.

On Friday, January 11, Catalonian pianist Chano Dominguez appeared at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola accompanied by drummer Dafnis Prieto. Selections from Dominguez's critically acclaimed Blue Note CD Flamenco Sketches ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Ciudad De Los Reyes," 4th CD By Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet, Due Feb. 12

"Ciudad De Los Reyes," 4th CD By Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet, Due Feb. 12

Since the release of their 2008 debut, Nuevo Mundo, trumpeter-composer Gabriel Alegría and his Afro-Peruvian Sextet have been blazing a new musical path as they develop and popularize Afro-Peruvian jazz in the United States, Alegría’s native Perú, and beyond. The group’s stunning new CD, Ciudad de Los Reyes (City of Kings), which will be released on ...