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Afro Bop Alliance: Angel Eyes

Read "Angel Eyes" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Latin Grammy Award-winning group Afro Bop Alliance lend their infectious hard-driving and percussive Latin-tinged sound to Angel Eyes, the group's fifth album staking one more claim for yet another future Latin Grammy nod. Known for their percolating percussion as well as dipping into straight ahead jazz, this Washington D.C. based octet lets the rumba rumble, the ...

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Armen Donelian: Sayat-Nova: Songs of my Ancestors

Read "Sayat-Nova: Songs of my Ancestors" reviewed by Gabriel Medina Arenas


The sound of his piano evokes treasured sounds from a small and hidden mountainous country full of cultural richness and history in the heart of Eurasia. On his thirteenth solo album, the New Yorker veteran musician Armen Donelian paid a homage to Armenia, the homeland of his forefathers. Donelian, a classically trained ...

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Anat Cohen: Claroscuro

Read "Claroscuro" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes


Reed multi-instrumentalist Anat Cohen seems equally comfortable performing Brazilian jazz with Duduka Da Fonseca's quintet, contemporary jazz with her two brothers in the Three Cohens, or Afro-Cuban and more straight-ahead material with the countless ensembles with which she has worked over the years. Claroscuro reflects Cohen's unique ability to tackle multiple genres with the same dexterity. ...

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Article: New York Beat

Caribbean Heritage Month: Dion Parson at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Read "Caribbean Heritage Month: Dion Parson at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola" reviewed by Nick Catalano


From its inception, one of the goals of this column has been to record the impact that jazz has made on the myriad musical traditions of our planet. Since I started writing about this subject a couple of decades ago, the amount of international folk music, dance forms, vocal stylings, variant scales, and other often spurious ...

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Article: New York Beat

Chamber Jazz

Read "Chamber Jazz" reviewed by Nick Catalano


The term “chamber jazz" has risen steadily in prominence in recent years and dealing with its essence is not a simple matter. Jazz seems to constantly involve itself with terms (swing, hard bop, fusion) that defy meaningful compartmentalization. I spend hours discussing some of these terms in my jazz class at Pace University and often fail ...


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