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It is hard to say what Roman Filiu’s hometown is. Probably, the best way to explain it is that he was born in Cuba but raised in music. After graduating from the Higher Institute of Art in Havana and working as a saxophone professor at the National School of Music in the same city, Filiu joined to the well-known band Irakere, leaded by Chucho Valdes, from 1997 to 2006. In those 9 years that he spent with them, Filiu not only became an experienced and respected musician but also he got to travel around the world. In the U.S Irakere performed at the Carnegie Hall and The Chicago Symphony Hall, among other important venues of the music scene

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Jacob Garchik: Clear Line

Read "Clear Line" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

As strange as it may sound, sometimes the best way to break free is to simply box yourself in. Limitations obviously cut off certain possibilities entirely, but they open the mind to so many others in the process. Composer (and trombonist) Jacob Garchik has long subscribed to that line of thinking and he takes it to ...

Clear Line

Label: Yestereve Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Visualization of Interior Spaces; Ligne Claire; Stacked Volumes; Sixth Intro; Sixth; Hergé: Vision and Blindness; Moebius and Mucha; Line Drawings of Paul Rudolph; Clear Line.

Transparency

Label: Dafnison Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Amanecer Contigo; No Es Fácil; Uncerntradition; Con Alma; Cry With Me; On the Way; Feed the Lions; Nothing or Everything; Lazy Blues.

Todas las Voces

Label: Blue Fern Record​s
Released: 2020
Track listing: Canción con Todos; Desterado; Hills of Silver; Gracias ala Vida; Letters and Picture Frames; Bird on a String; Out of Words; Sólo le Pido a Dios; Let me Believe; Peace; BONUS TRACK: Exiled.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dafnis Prieto Sextet: Transparency

Read "Transparency" reviewed by John Chacona

In Cuban music, emotional grandeur and extravagant virtuosity is built on a foundation of inexhaustible rhythm. So, it's no surprise to find an abundance of juicy melodies and breathtaking drumming on Transparency from drummer and MacArthur “Genius" Fellow Dafnis Prieto. Yet for all the astonishing things he does behind the kit, what stands out ...

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TRRC Presents Eva Cortés "Todas Las Voces"—July 17th Debut Release With All-Star Band!

TRRC Presents Eva Cortés "Todas Las Voces"—July 17th Debut Release With All-Star Band!

TRRC Presents Eva Cortés Todas las Voces July 17th Debut Release with All-Star Band! “My music is nothing but a reflection of what my life has been." Honduran/Spanish singer, songwriter and composer Eva Cortés delivers a revelatory set of flamenco and blues-tinged Latin jazz on her newest record, Todas las Voces. Working ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roman Filiu: Quarteria

Read "Quarteria" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

L'altosassofonista cubano Román Filiú, classe 1972, dopo un lungo girovagare approdato otto anni fa negli States (New York), trovando in particolare una sua collocazione ideale accanto a Henry Threadgill, firma quello che dovrebbe essere il terzo album a suo nome, alla testa di un settetto denominato come il disco stesso, Quarteria. La doppia ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ron Carter, Marc Copland and Eric Dolphy

Read "Ron Carter, Marc Copland and Eric Dolphy" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The 589th Show of Neon Jazz begins with the very talented Cuban-born jazz saxophonist Román Filiu and picks up more steam with the great Paquito D'Rivera. From there, we take a look into the world of Alyssa Allgood, Johnny Griffith and some Empire Strikes Back music with bass legend Ron Carter. New music from Marc Copland ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Henry Threadgill: la sintesi e gli specchi

Read "Henry Threadgill: la sintesi e gli specchi" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il settembre 2017 è stato per Henry Threadgill un mese di intensa vendemmia discografica: nel giro di pochi giorni, dal 24 al 27, il compositore e polistrumentista è entrato nello studio Water Music, New Jersey, con due formazioni diverse ma per molti versi complementari, e una bella mole di materiale. Uno dei due organici, denominato Double ...


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