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Rubén Blades

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Rubén Blades was born in a rooming house in a small Latin American country, but he refused to see limitations or barriers; his work has crossed geopolitical borders, cultures, and genres, and has made an impact throughout the world. He has won 17 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, and this year returns to star in the AMC television series Fear the Walking Dead. As a composer and vocalist, Blades is one of the most successful artists in Latin music. His landmark albums in classic Afro-Cuban salsa are touched with rock, jazz, pan-Latin, and worldwide influences. His 2017 album Salsa Big Bandwas named the Latin Grammy Album of the Year

Album

Siembra

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Side A: Plástico; Buscando Guayaba; Pedro Navaja. Side B: María Lionza; Ojos; Dime; Siembra.

Album

Salswing!

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Paula C; Pennies from Heaven; Mambo Gil; Ya No Me Duele; Watch What Happens; Cobarde; Do I Hear Four?; Canto Niche; The Way You Look Tonight; Contrabando; Tambó

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Article: Radio

Ladies Don't Write Lyrics - Celebrating the Words of Dorothy Fields

Read "Ladies Don't Write Lyrics - Celebrating the Words of Dorothy Fields" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The broadcast begins with several Dorothy Fields standards to celebrate her birthday. Although the daughter of vaudeville star Lew Fields who coined the phrase “That was no lady—that was my wife," he did not approve of her vocation, saying “Ladies do not write lyrics." She retorted “I'm no lady—I'm your daughter!" The rest is herstory. Also ...

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News: Recording

Landmark Salsa Masterpiece 'Siembra' Set For Remastered Vinyl And First Hi-Res Digital Reissue On August 6th

Landmark Salsa Masterpiece 'Siembra' Set For Remastered Vinyl And First Hi-Res Digital Reissue On August 6th

Originally released in 1978, the Willie Colón and Ruben Blades classic changed the history of Latin music, includes the masterpiece “Pedro Navaja,” plus hits “Buscando Guayaba” and “Plástico” New 180-gram audiophile quality vinyl continues Craft Latino’s mission to reissue gems from the Fania vaults Craft Latino, the Latin repertoire arm of Craft Recordings, is proud to ...

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Article: Radio

Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday

Read "Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates the birthdays of Jazz Masters Carla Bley in the first hour and Betty Carter in the second, plus new releases from Ruben Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquestra, Rebecca Kilgore and the Keith Brown Trio. Other birthday shoutouts include Virginia Mayhew, Karin Krog, Nadje Noordhuis, Kate Reid and Grace Kelly, among others. Thanks ...

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Article: Album Review

Rubén Blades: Salswing!

Read "Salswing!" reviewed by Jim Trageser


In the liner notes to this recording, veteran Latin pop singer Rubén Blades explains that Salswing! is meant as a demonstrative statement: About his own ability to grow beyond being a Panamanian singer, to show that musicians can speak to an audience beyond their own nationality, and to celebrate the stellar chops of the Roberto Delgado ...

Article: Album Review

Rubén Blades: Salswing!

Read "Salswing!" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Se amate il jazz delle orchestre latine e avete adorato lo swingante incontro di Frank Sinatra con Count Basie non perdetevi quest'album appena pubblicato da Ruben Blades con l'orchestra di Roberto Delgado. Come indica il titolo è una fusione tra Salsa e Swing e si sviluppa in undici brani del songbook jazzistico (due di essi presenti ...

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News: Event

Jazz At Lincoln Center Premieres 2020 Holiday Virtual Concerts

Jazz At Lincoln Center Premieres  2020 Holiday Virtual Concerts

Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates the holiday season with the premiere of Big Band Holidays on December 19, and A New Years Eve Celebration: Live From Dizzy’s on December 31—two new virtual concerts featuring iconic guest artists and emerging stars in jazz. Tickets for each virtual holiday event are available on jazz.org. Big Band Holidays Featuring ...

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Article: Album Review

Robby Ameen: Diluvio

Read "Diluvio" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Perhaps it's a flood of rhythm that the title and cover art refer to on this third leader outing from drumming dynamo Robby Ameen. A heavy hitter in Afro-Cuban circles for decades, Ameen's frangible linear Latin funk workouts, intricate rhythmic roadmapping, song-serving chops and good taste have earned him an overwhelmingly positive reputation. Everybody from musical ...


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