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Mongo Santamaria

Mongo Santamaria enjoyed a long and successful career in Latin music. His recordings and concert performances ranged from the authentic percussion music of Afro-Cuban religious rituals through to Latin-jazz reworkings of American jazz and pop hits. His song Afro-Blue became a contemporary jazz standard, best-known in the coruscating version by saxophonist John Coltrane. His own adaptation of Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man provided the biggest hit of his career in 1963, and is regarded as a classic artefact on the Lounge Music scene. He was born Ramon Santamaria in Cuba, and nicknamed Mongo by his father (the word denotes a tribal chief in Senegal)

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Lionel Loueke: HH

Read "HH" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Hulk Hogan? Harry Houdini? Hugh Hefner? As tempting as it is to imagine Lionel Loueke cheerily following some absurdist impulse, the HH of the title instead honors Herbie Hancock--a long-time mentor and source of inspiration to the Benin-born guitarist. A jurist on the audition panel who selected Loueke for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Hancock ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

DOCTONE: An oral history of legendary pianist Kenny Kirkland (1955-1998)

Read "DOCTONE: An oral history of legendary pianist Kenny Kirkland (1955-1998)" reviewed by Noah Haidu

In chapter 2 of my book Doctone, I interviewed drummer Billy Hart and we discussed his interaction with Kenny Kirkland as he emerged in the 1970's fusion scene, his unique personality, the “Kirklandese" language and Kenny's legacy as one of the great pianists and composers in this music Noah Haidu: What were your first ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tamara Obrovac: TransAdriaticum

Read "TransAdriaticum" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

La croata Tamara Obrovac è una cantante e compositrice dedita da anni alla trasposizione della tradizione della natia Istria nel mondo del jazz, cosa che ha realizzato in molteplici progetti e album con organici diversi. In questo suo ultimo lavoro è alla testa di una formazione denominata TransAdriatic Quartet della quale, oltre al connazionale e antico ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Chick Corea in the Fusion Era - Acoustic and Electric (1966 - 1973)

Read "Chick Corea in the Fusion Era - Acoustic and Electric (1966 - 1973)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Chick Corea began recording as a sideman for artists like Mongo Santamaria, Blue Mitchell, Herbie Mann and Cal Tjader in 1962. In 1966, he started his career as a leader, while still touring with Stan Getz. Like many others, his studio work and touring with Miles Davis from 1968--1970 raised his profile, leading him to a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jonathan Goldman: Bump and Let It Slide

Read "Jonathan Goldman: Bump and Let It Slide" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

On Saturday February 29, Spanglish Fly will celebrate completing their tenth full year as America's leading producer and exporter of the wicked hot musical sauce known as Latin boogaloo with a special anniversary performance hosted by the legendary Brooklyn hotspot Barbes. The quintessential musical melting pot Spanglish Fly features musicians with roots in Puerto ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

A World of Piano Trios II

Read "A World of Piano Trios II" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Several parts of the world heard from in this installment: Sweden, Norway, France, and the United States. Esbjorn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.) e.s.t. live in Gothenburg ACT Music 2019 Before Swedish jazz pianist Esbjörn Svensson's untimely death in 2008, e.s.t. was a sensation. They brought an eclecticism and rock-like ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Marc Copland: And I Love Her

Read "And I Love Her" reviewed by John Kelman

There was a time when Marc Copland was releasing multiple albums every year, sometimes as many as three or four, like in 2009, when the veteran pianist (who began his musical life as a saxophonist) released his second solo piano album, Alone (Pirouet); an intimate duo date with veteran bassist Gary Peacock, Insight (Sketch); and the ...

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Mariangela Cagnetta: e-motion

Read "e-motion" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

A glance at the track listing on this album might prompt the title of another tune--"So What's New?" However, after a thorough listening, a more appropriate musical response could be “I Never Knew." e-motion is an innovative, fascinating and marvelously performed modern perspective on eleven jazz standards delivered by superior musicians. The ensemble ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Chick Corea: Music With The Fun Factor

Read "Chick Corea: Music With The Fun Factor" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Chick Corea is a musical icon, having amassed a career that runs through most styles of jazz and has veered off into classical experiments as a well. Freedom of expression is always being at the core. His amazing musical journey—over five decades as a solo artist—has had him rubbing elbows with some of the ...


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