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Gabriel Espinosa

The alluring melodies, engaging harmonies and insinuating rhythms of Brazil permeate this very pleasing ZOHO debut by Mexico-born bassist-composer-arranger Gabriel Espinosa. And yet, lurking beneath the soothing surface of these buoyant tunes is a profound depth of real-deal jazz expression presented by an international all-star cast of world class players and improvisers including Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi, Swiss alto sax burner George Robert, Brazilian pianist Helio Alves, Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen, Brazilian drummer Adriano Santos, Mexico-born drumming sensation Antonio Sanchez, Brazilian percussion player Jacinto Macedo, vocalists Darmon Meader and Kim Nazarian of the New York Voices and singer-composer Alison Wedding. A native of Merida, the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan, Espinosa grew up absorbing the sounds of the bossa nova movement that swept the United States and Mexico in the early 1960s

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Hendrik Meurkens/Bill Cunliffe: Cabin In The Sky

Read "Cabin In The Sky" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Hendrik Meurkens is a natural-born collaborator. That statement might smack of the obvious, as jazz musicians on the whole tend to thrive on a synergistic model, but it need be said with regard to this German-born, New York-based harmonica hero (and vibraphonist of note). Whether engaging in a pas de deux with pianist Misha Tsiganov, sharing ...

Songs Of Bacharach And Manzanero

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2016
Track listing: Adoro; (They Long To Be) Close To You; Como Yo Te Amo; The Look Of Love; Esta Tarde Vi Llover; What The World Needs Now; Somos Novios; Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head; Cuando Estoy Contigo; Alfie.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gabriel Espinosa: Songs Of Bacharach And Manzanero

Read "Songs Of Bacharach And Manzanero" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

American pop sophisticate Burt Bacharach and Mexican bolero icon Armando Manzanero may not seem like a good fit for a binary tribute album, but that combination actually works. Why, you ask? The answer is fairly simple: When you boil down the music that each of those men created, you're left with indelible melodies, beautiful and colorful ...

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First Tucson Jazz Festival features Bacharach, Reeves, Cobb, Childs, DeFrancesco, more

First Tucson Jazz Festival features Bacharach, Reeves, Cobb, Childs, DeFrancesco, more

By Patricia Myers The HSL Tucson Jazz Festival, a 13-day event from January 16-28 will feature both national and Arizona musicians, headlined by 86-year-old composer Burt Bacharach, 85-year old drummer and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Cobb, and four 2015 Grammy-nominated musicians. Organist Joey DeFrancesco received a Best Jazz Instrumental nomination for Enjoy The View ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gabriel Espinosa/Hendrik Meurkens: Samba Little Samba

Read "Samba Little Samba" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The hundredth release on the Zoho imprint was the aptly-titled Celebrando (Zoho Music, 2012)--the debut collaboration between Gabriel Espinosa and Hendrik Meurkens. This follow-up date, arriving a little more than two years later, is cut from the same musical cloth, though a few minor personnel changes and role adjustments give this one its own identity.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hendrik Meurkens / Gabriel Espinosa: Celebrando

Read "Celebrando" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Harmonica master Hendrik Meurkens and bass virtuoso Gabriel Espinosa collaborate for a tribute of Brazilian jazz on Celebrando, which means “celebrating" in both Portuguese and Spanish. It's an appropriate title for this album, as it celebrates the distinctiveness of the genre and the influence it has had on musicians, audiences and the development of world music. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hendrik Meurkens / Gabriel Espinosa: Celebrando

Read "Celebrando" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Defining the Zoho imprint as a “World Music" label is a bit of a misnomer, but label head Joachim “Jochen" Becker does seem to have a global outlook when it comes to artist signings. Afro-Cuban music, British blues, Argentine sounds, R&B, Asian-jazz hybrids, Brazilian jazz, and vocal projects have all found a home at Zoho. Some ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Hendrik Meurkens: Harmonica Virtuoso

Read "Hendrik Meurkens: Harmonica Virtuoso" reviewed by Victor Verney

Although at first Hendrik Meurkens' primary instrument was the vibraphone, he has garnered an international reputation as a jazz harmonica player since picking up that difficult-to-master instrument. Born in Germany, Meurkens came to the U.S. to study at Boston's Berklee School of Music. After returning to Europe for a time, he decided to go live in ...

From Yucatan to Rio

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2009
Track listing: Agua De Beber; Klavier Latino; LP 07; We've Come Undone; Nuevos Horizontes; Morning Breeze; Azul Y Negro; Remain; Maria; Huracan.


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