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Justo Almario

Justo Almario, a multitalented master saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, composer, arranger and clinician, has a long list of distinguished accomplishments. His style is a fusion of Jazz, South American, and other world rhythms which are a reflection of his own elegant yet humble style. Mr. Almario’s mesmerizing sounds have been heard in Grammy-Award winning works such as Linda Ronstadt’s “Frenesi,” Placido Domingo’s “A Mi Alma Latina,” Luis Miguel’s “Romance,” Andrae Crouch’s “Mercy,” and Isreal Lopez Cachao’s “Master Sessions” & “Ahora Si;” as well as the Oscar-winning soundtracks from Happy Feet and Sideways. Mr

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Vision

Label: Ovation Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Vision; Ritmo Pa' Ti; Dona Provi; Chick Forever; Make the Move; Tributo al Son; Don't stop Now; Spring; So Believe It; Virtually Here.

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Article: Album Review

Oscar Hernandez & Alma Libre: Vision

Read "Vision" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Multiple Grammy Award-winning Latin jazz pianist/composer and band leader Oscar Hernandez and his group, Alma Libre (Free Spirit) issue another shoulder-moving album presenting more of the rhythms he and his bands are so well known for. A true Latin music legend, Hernandez is best regarded for his direction of the 13-piece Spanish Harlem Orchestra that has ...

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Article: Album Review

Joe Rizo's Mongorama: Mariposas Cantan

Read "Mariposas Cantan" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Mongorama is a nine-piece Latin Jazz all-star band built and guided to honor Mongo Santamaria by the hand of José Rizo, a Latin musical legend in California who's been broadcasting from KJazz 88.1FM (Cal State University, Long Beach) for more than three decades. On their 2010 debut, Rizo enlisted such legends as Poncho Sanchez and Hubert ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Tributes, Tapestries, Trombones and Tempests

Read "Tributes, Tapestries, Trombones and Tempests" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Vasko Atanasovski Adrabesa Quartet Phoenix MoonJune Records 2020 Phoenix captures the voice of one of Eastern Europe's most acclaimed and creative musical ensembles, the Adrabesa Quartet founded and led by Slovenian maestro Vasko Atanasovski, and amplifies this unique voice throughout MoonJune Records' global distribution network. Phoenix ...

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Dance With Me

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: You and the Night and the Music; A Taste of Paradise; Femme Fatale-Amor fugaz; Dance with Me; Time to Dance cha Cha Cha- Ya llego la hora; Yesterday-Como fue; Island Lullaby; I Think of You- Y hoy como ayer; I Won't Dance; Revelations; Yesterday I heard the Rain-Esta tarde vi llover.

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Article: Album Review

Carol Welsman: Dance With Me

Read "Dance With Me" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Vocalist and pianist Carol Welsman always had an affinity for Latin rhythms and often included the element in her music. In fact, producing an album where the Latin side of jazz is the main focus has been a longtime dream that she finally fulfills on Dance with Me. The music is a delightful excursion into the ...

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Article: Album Review

Jimmy Haslip: Red Heat

Read "Red Heat" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Music is our universal language. A message can be conveyed spiritually to a multitude of cultures and processed at innumerable human levels. Red Heat (originally released in 2000) is a rare and priceless gem that engages the masses with purely relatable emotions and feelings. It targets and strikes your core with purposeful marksmanship. This ...

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Article: Live Review

AJAZZGO Festival in Cali, Colombia

Read "AJAZZGO Festival in Cali, Colombia" reviewed by Mark Holston


AJAZZGO Festival Cali, Colombia September 12-17, 2017 September is jazz festival month in the South American nation of Colombia. Four major cities--Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Barranquilla--and Pasto, a smaller provincial municipality--stage well-oiled multi-day events stocked with international and regional jazz talent. The five festivals work collaboratively to bring major artists to the ...

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Article: Live Review

Barranquijazz Festival 2016

Read "Barranquijazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Mark Holston


Barranquijazz Festival Barranquilla, Colombia September 14-18, 2016 The success of the annual Barranquijazz Festival is a tribute to its founders--all of whom are still deeply involved as the event enters its 21st year--and their vision of what and how to present to a growing community of jazz enthusiasts in Barranquilla, ...


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