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Machito and his Afro Cubans was an absolute powerhouse unit that lay the foundation for Latin Jazz, a seminal force in the original fusion of Cuban clave rhythms and the melodies and harmonies of jazz. They were the original Mambo Kings in New York in the ‘40’s and are considered the most innovative and influential orchestra in the genre. Francisco Gutierrez Grillo was born in Havana, Cuba on Apr16, 1908. He set out to be a singer, and music became his life. He acquired the nickname Machito, as a youngster, though he was called Macho by his close friends. He sang in many local groups, and also became a very proficient clave and maraca player, essential instruments in Cuban music

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Pacific Mambo Orchestra: The III Side

Read "The III Side" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pacific Mambo Orchestra—PMO, for short—has a lot to celebrate. With the calendar turning to 2020, this Grammy-winning Latin big band celebrated its 10th anniversary and the early January release of this potent third album. Inviting special guests, strings and part-time personnel to the party, PMO uses this opportunity to craft a spicy stew seasoned with Mambo, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Alexa Tarantino: Passion For Playing And Teaching

Read "Alexa Tarantino: Passion For Playing And Teaching" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Alexa Tarantino was bitten by the jazz bug at a young age. She was fortunate to grow up in a community where jazz is an important part of the musical fabric—rare these days. She swiftly grabbed hold of the music and has developed into an in-demand alto saxophonist, earning a series of high-profile gigs that slowed ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The Archive of Contemporary Music

Read "The Archive of Contemporary Music" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In Lower Manhattan, sits a musical gold mine. It's the motherlode of recorded music though the small, brightly colored sign above a grey steel door provides only a cryptic clue. The dusty window display of rare 78 RPM records, broken into erratic pie charts serves as a vestige of the past and a cautionary tale about ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story Reimagined

Read "West Side Story Reimagined" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il musical West Side Story è stato un enorme successo di Broadway. Dal 1957 ha conosciuto centinaia di repliche nei teatri di tutto il mondo, una trasposizione cinematografica che vinse 10 oscar e numerose versioni discografiche: dalla operistica diretta dallo stesso Bernstein con José Carreras a quelle rock (Yes, Nice, Pet Shop Boys) di suoi noti ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carlos Henriquez: Dizzy Con Clave

Read "Dizzy Con Clave" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Anche se l'incontro tra jazz e ritmi caraibici è presente fin dagli albori è stato Dizzy Gillespie negli anni quaranta a dare identità e popolarità al genere Afro-Cubano, integrando nel be-bop le musiche Mario Bauza e Machito. Questo tributo alle musiche del grande trombettista è stato inciso nel 2017, anno in cui s'è celebrato il Dizzy ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Arturo O'Farrill, Chucho Valdes: Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico

Read "Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dizzy Gillespie ricordava con amarezza il modo con cui la critica jazz aveva trattato la sua collaborazione col conguero Chano Pozo, giudicandola un'eccentricità marginale. Il trombettista la giudicava invece il momento culminante della sua carriera. Quell'atteggiamento verso il cosiddetto Latin Jazz è ancora diffuso e il multiforme terreno d'incontro tra jazz e musiche dei caraibi è ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

Read "Back to the Sunset" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The alliance of Latin music and American jazz ripened on these shores more than seventy years ago, nourished by pioneers such as Mario Bauza, Chano Pozo, Dizzy Gillespie, Machito, Tito Puente and others. It has been carried forward and enhanced since then by a succession of remarkable innovators including in recent years the Cuban-born drummer Dafnis ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dafnis Prieto: Cross-Cultural Mix

Read "Dafnis Prieto: Cross-Cultural Mix" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dafnis Prieto is one of the leading drummers and composers of his generation. Forty-four years old and Cuban born, Prieto moved to jny: New York City in 1999. The early 2000's found Prieto employed as a sideman by several prominent musicians, including Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Dave Samuels and Arturo O'Farrill. In the following ...


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