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Pablo Menendez & Mezcla

"Funky.... Ebullient.... Hot!" —The New York Times Mezcla Cuban All Stars, under the direction of Pablo Menendez, has been a part of the sound-track of the Cuban music scene for the past twenty-five years. A jazz ensemble fusing Afro-Cuban rhythms with yoruba, salsa and rock, Mezcla's music is a genuine celebration of the culture and musical roots of the Pearl of the Antilles. A ray of Havana sunshine that inspired Carlos Santana to call them “the cleanest, freshest water I have ever tasted!" Their latest CD, “I'll See You in C-U-B-A,” (ZOHO), was nominated for the Best of Latin Jazz Awards 2010 as were several of the group's soloists, and their CD "Akimba!," was nominated for a Latin Grammy

Shoot The Moon

Label: Ubuntu Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Shoot The Moon; Volta; Sami’s Tune; Auckland Hill; Dinosaur Jump; Winter Walk; Akpe; Firefly; Knockman Crag.

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Mezcla: Shoot The Moon

Read "Shoot The Moon" reviewed by Chris May

It is not only in London that UK jazz is being revitalised by turbulent young rebels. London is certainly the most exciting centre, with black and women musicians gaining unprecedented visibility, bringing particular sensibilities with them. But other cities, notably Birmingham and Manchester, have developed vibrant new scenes, too. Viewed from down south, ...

Pure Mezcla: Direct from Cuba – Live at Yoshi’s Oakland

Label: Tilford Productions
Released: 2015
Track listing: Manbo Influenciado; Hijos de la mezcla; Lo que me amarra aqui; I’ll See You in C.U.B.A; Suzi’s Mood; Oya-Echubelekeo; Akete Oba Oba; ‘Round Midnight; Imde Inbe Mayeye; Wl solar de lacueva del humo; El camino; se hace con la fe; lenguasa.

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Pablo Menendez & Mezcla: Pure Mezcla: Direct from Cuba – Live at Yoshi’s Oakland

Read "Pure Mezcla: Direct from Cuba – Live at Yoshi’s Oakland" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The music of the United States and Cuba are forever comingled in jazz. Rarely have two cultures proven so simpatico than in music, each benefiting from the other. Political normalization of relations between the two neighbors is long overdue and music remains the most potent cultural element than can be shared and exchanged. That is why ...

I'll See You In Cuba

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2010
Track listing: Big Brecker; ¿Quién tiene Ritmo?; El Médico de Los Pianos; I'll See You in C.U.B.A.; Chicoy's Blues; Oslo; Chucho's Blues; 'Round Midnight; Homenaje a Afro Cuba; Chicoy's "Son."

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Pablo Menendez & Mezcla: I'll See You in Cuba

Read "I'll See You in Cuba" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

I'll See You in Cuba is an extraordinary celebration of Cuba's dance and song. It is a fiercely vivid account of a culture infused with the most electrifying elements of Afro-Caribbean heritage. As a musical odyssey it holds its own with the very best of Irakere and the Buena Vista Social Club. Pablo Menéndez and the ...

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Pablo Menendez & Mezcla: I'll See You In Cuba

Read "I'll See You In Cuba" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Guitarist/vocalist Pablo Menéndez makes a two-pronged point with the title of this CD. He alludes to what could happen if visitors from the United States were permitted to travel to Cuba, and adds a slight twist on the Irving Berlin's “I'll See You in C.U.B.A.," which he sings with zest and verve. Menéndez brings in a ...

Akimba!

Label: Khaeon World Music
Released: 2002
Track listing: Hijos De La Mezcla; Isaias 12; Buena Vista Social Club; 2124 Derby; Sadness; Donna Lee; Rumi; Suzi

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Mezcla: Akimba!

Read "Akimba!" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Hot-avana... Khaeon Records is a niche label that specializes in World Music. The label currently has five releases, four of which are Latin in character (The John Benitez Trio’s Descarga in New York , Carlos Barbosa-Lima’s Mambo No. 5 , Christos Rafalides’ Manhattan Vibes , Trio Mundo’s Carnaval , and Pablo Menéndez’s Havana Blues Mambo ) ...


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