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Victor Prieto: The Three Voices

Read "The Three Voices" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

On the cover of his CD The Three Voices, Victor Prieto looks as if he's going to do something crazy with his accordions. He is a giant behind the big city skyline, towering over tall buildings. It's sort of like a “Godzilla of the squeeze boxes" scene. But the accordionist doesn't look like he's bent on ...

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Cristina Morrison: Baronesa

Read "Baronesa" reviewed by Edward Blanco

After visiting the Galapagos Island to film a docudrama based on the life of Baroness Eloise Von Wagner de Bosquet, Ecuadorian-American mezzo soprano vocalist Cristina Morrison loved the place so much she moved to Ecuador and spent ten years there. Falling in love with the story of the Baroness, her second album Baronesa, presents the songstress ...

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Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn: Second Half

Read "Second Half" reviewed by Edward Blanco

What do you get when you blend a bit of Tango, Jazz, Latin and some chamber music? The answer? Pianist Emilio Solla y La Inestable de Brooklyn nine-piece orchestra delivering their Second Half album of World fusion music that is quite enticing. The album is the culmination of several years performing this particular ensemble in some ...

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Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn: Second Half

Read "Second Half" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Argentine-born pianist {Emilio Solla has moved around the globe a bit to find perfection in his art: studies in the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, then to New York for more immersion at the Aaron Copland School of Music, and a move to Barcelona, Spain, where he recorded the marvelous Suite Piazzollana (Fresh sound ...

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Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn: Second Half

Read "Second Half" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The life-as-football-game metaphor is central to this stunning album from pianist Emilio Solla.

In 2012, Solla had an epiphany. He awoke to the realities of his existence, the finite nature of things, and the passage of time. He realized that he'd already played the first half of this game called life, working his ...

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Cristina Pato: Migrations

Read "Migrations" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

La spagnola Cristina Pato, pianista, flautista, cantante ma soprattutto suonatrice di cornamusa galiziana (gaita), guida qui un gruppo composito che ha per base un quartetto (oltre a lei ci sono la fisarmonica di Victor Prieto, galiziano di Orense come la Pato, il contrabbasso di Edward Perez e la batteria di Eric Doob) e un gran numero ...

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Emilio Solla & The Tango Jazz Conspiracy: Bien Sur!

Read "Bien Sur!" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Tango jazz is described as a sound created by Argentine musicians, many of whom have immigrated to other countries. Pianist Emilio Solla, based in New York, is such an artist.

Solla earned a degree in classical piano from the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires. His works include such style as Argentinean tango, ...

Chris Cheek / Victor Prieto: Rollo Coaster

Read "Rollo Coaster" reviewed by Martin Gladu

Chances are you have never heard the accordion played the way Victor Prieto plays it. Indeed, much like Toots Thielemans established the harmonica in the jazz lore huffing and puffing bop lines through his teeth, Prieto breaks the glass ceiling hovering above the crown of Cyrillus Demian's patented invention, squeezing improvised airs with a technical assurance ...

Chris Cheek / Victor Prieto: Rollo Coaster

Read "Rollo Coaster" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While all musical settings present different challenges to those involved, duo recordings can often be the hardest to manage well. Repetitive textural elements, characteristic of the instruments on hand, can create a certain similarity across all tracks. Some musicians fall prey to wandering free improvisation, finding various degrees of success or failure, as they try to ...