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Ed Calle

Saxophonist Ed Calle is known for his extraordinary ability to play bebop, Latin and contemporary jazz, and pop. Born in Caracas of Spanish parents, it was obvious from the start that he was a natural player and now, Calle can be heard on hundreds of recordings both as a sideman and soloist. He appears on Grammy-award-winning albums by Frank Sinatra, Vicky Carr, Arturo Sandoval, and Jon Secada, as well as on numerous television and motion picture soundtracks. He also has recorded and performed around the world with such artists as Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Bob James, Bobby Caldwell, Rhianna, Extreme, and Vanessa Williams. Among his many solo recordings, "Ed Calle Plays Santana" garnered a Latin Grammy Award nomination in 2005

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Article: Album Review

Camilo Valencia / Richard Bravo: Made in Miami

Read "Made in Miami" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Miami is a melting pot where people and musics of all stripes share space and influence, cross-pollinating to create a sound and culture like no other. That fact provides the foundation for this upbeat collection. Blending elements sourced from numerous musical styles and languages including salsa, pop, samba, jazz and R&B, among others, multi-instrumentalist Camilo Valencia ...

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Esperanzas / Hopes

Label: Sony Latin
Released: 2022
Track listing: Que Felicidad; Esperanzas; Encadenados; How High the Moon; Don't Go Anywhere; Morning /Una Manana; Osvaldo; Petite Fleur; Mis Recuerdos.

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Article: Album Review

Negroni's Trio: Esperanzas / Hopes

Read "Esperanzas / Hopes" reviewed by Edward Blanco


The three-time Latin Grammy-nominated group Negroni's Trio unveils their eleventh album titled Esperanzas / Hope, offering a host of consistently bright and sizzling Latin rhythms over vocals and augmented instrumentals featuring other players all on a pallet of six originals and three cover songs. Considered one of the finest trio bands on the jazz landscape today, ...

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Just Chillin

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Let's Do It; Gliding; Reflection; Miami; Just Chillin; I Found You; Summer; Soul Gumbo; Eleanor Rigby; Star Gazing; Simple Samba; Nice and Easy; On Ramp.

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Cartoon Bebop

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Cartoon Bebop; Mistruda; Day Ride; I'm All Smiles; Got A Match; Driftin'; Wood Dance; When I Look In You Eyes; Duende; Infant Eyes; A Day Tripper's Blues Buffet.

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Article: Album Review

Mike Levine: Just Chillin

Read "Just Chillin" reviewed by Edward Blanco


A proponent of the more relaxing side of the jazz spectrum, pianist and keyboardist Mike Levine presents his fourth album as leader, offering thirteen primarily original pieces falling decidedly within the smooth jazz category. A talented composer, Levine's music seems to eschew the core jazz tenet of improvisation in favor of catchy melodies perfect for those ...

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Article: Album Review

Dan Bonsanti: Cartoon Bebop

Read "Cartoon Bebop" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The malicious coronavirus pandemic that brought most of the world to its knees in 2020 has spawned the use of several reanimated words including “virtual," whose meaning is “sort of here but not really," as in virtual video chats, conference calls, exhibits, films and even musical performances. “Virtual" has spread its tentacles into almost every walk ...

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News: Recording

Dan Bonsanti And The 14 Jazz Orchestra Release 'Cartoon Bebop' On January 15, 2021

Dan Bonsanti And The 14 Jazz Orchestra Release 'Cartoon Bebop' On January 15, 2021

There is nothing cartoonish about Cartoon Bebop, the newest release by composer/arranger Dan Bonsanti's band, The 14 Jazz Orchestra. The album is a swinging, contemporary take on jazz compositions by modern masters. This is the third release by the group, following The Future Ain't What It Used to Be (2018) and Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy ...

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Cheap Thrills: The Music Of Rick Margitza

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Cheap Thrills; The Place To Be; Widow's Walk; Brace Yourself; 45 Pound Hound; Premonition; Walls; Sometimes I Have Rhythm; Embraceable You


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