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To properly attempt to write a profile on such a colorful and significant character as Chano Pozo, we must go to Africa, where it all began. The Niger River Delta, in the Africa Bend, more specifically the area of Calabar, was one of the premier sources of slaves during the heightening sugar production era in Cuba in the early 1800’s. The Calabar male natives, had an Egbo leopard society, which in Cuba was reborn under the name Acuabatón, conjuring up the myth of Abakuá, manifesting itself in a ritual of ancestor and deity worship, and secret initiations of brotherhood. The Abakuá in Cuba were also called ñañigos, and created a high standard as dancers and drummers, as well as for their flamboyant dress and behavior

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Article: The Vinyl Post

Que Viva La Musica

Read "Que Viva La Musica" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Much has been made about the making of a hybrid style involving Latin music and jazz strains that was established by Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo in the late '40s. However, the ripples of those early experiments would reach far and wide for subsequent decades, even if the casual listener might have been largely unaware of ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Composer Rodrigo Simoes

Read "Take Five with Composer Rodrigo Simoes" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Rodrigo Simoes Rodrigo Simões is a composer with a distinctive style that oscillates between Brazilian music and jazz improvisation. His international career has taken him through China, Australia, South Korea, Paraguay and the United States, in addition to his native country--Brazil--and his adopted country--Canada. The guitarist has already collaborated with great artists in Brazil (Elza ...

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Article: Album Review

Nightcrawlers: Get Ready

Read "Get Ready" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


The common thread between the Nightcrawlers and nightcrawler earthworms is that they both come out at night, and while the former is at home in a jazz club before a live audience, the latter is feeding on decaying organic material. Some may say that is a distinction without a difference. Nevertheless the latest nightly ritual for ...

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Article: Album Review

3D Jazz Trio: 9 to 5

Read "9 to 5" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


One can't help but learn about the meaning of style and sophistication from the 3D Jazz Trio. Since the release of its debut--3Divas (Self-Produced, 2017)--pianist Jackie Warren, bassist Amy Shook and drummer Sherrie Maricle have proven to be a collective paragon of taste. Whether swinging for the fences, setting scenes ablaze in Latin quarters, captivating with ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Blue Note Records: Lost In Space: 20 Overlooked Classic Albums

Read "Blue Note Records: Lost In Space: 20 Overlooked Classic Albums" reviewed by Chris May


For anyone with a passion for Blue Note, it is hard to conceive of an album that has been “overlooked," let alone twenty of them. For connoisseurs of the most influential label in jazz history, the passion can be all consuming: if a dedicated collector does not have all the albums (yet), he or she will ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Douglas: Dizzy Atmosphere: Dizzy Gillespie At Zero Gravity

Read "Dizzy Atmosphere: Dizzy Gillespie At Zero Gravity" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Chi si aspetta da questo disco un omaggio fedele all'approccio umoristico e pirotecnico di Dizzy Gillespie, non conosce Dave Douglas. Il trombettista, che ha compiuto lo scorso marzo cinquantasette anni, ha mostrato nelle frequenti dediche ai protagonisti della storia del jazz la propria propensione del tutto personale a tale pratica: lo ha fatto tra l'altro con ...

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Article: Live Review

Electronic Explorations in Afro-Cuban and UK Jazz

Read "Electronic Explorations in Afro-Cuban and UK Jazz" reviewed by Chris May


Sarah Tandy, Yussef Dayes, Kevin Haynes, Adel Gomez, Feliciano Arango, Seiji Milton Court Concert Hall Electronic Explorations in Afro-Cuban and UK Jazz London May 12, 2019 Jazz and Cuban music intersections go back to the 1910s and pianist Jelly Roll Morton's embrace of what he called “the Spanish tinge." Things ...

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Article: Album Review

Carlos Henriquez: Dizzy Con Clave

Read "Dizzy Con Clave" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


In closing out the liner essay to this savory set recorded live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, bassist Carlos Henriquez succinctly summarizes one of many important points worth noting about the legendary honoree: “Dizzy Gillespie is and always will be the American bridge to Afro-Cuban music," he states. But it need be noted that he doesn't just ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Bailey’s Bundle – Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part IX

Read "Bailey’s Bundle – Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part IX" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Yilian Cañizares and Omar Sosa Aguas Ota Records 2018 Pianist/composer Omar Sosa has established himself as a pioneer at the edge of Cubano-Caribbean music. Sosa teams with violinist/vocalist Yilian Cañizares for a breezy and sensual stroll through 11 original, for lack of a better term, world music compositions that are as ...


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