Javier Quinones

Javier’s Contributions


March 2004    Hearsay

Jovino Santos Neto

Traversing almost 7,000 miles can be demanding for any traveler. "Affinity," however, is how keyboardist and composer Jovino Santos Neto describes the reason for his move from Rio to Seattle. Thence, after a decade and a half with Hermeto Pascoal, he has...


December 2003    Books

Trompeta: Chappott'n, Chocolate and the Afro-Cuban Trumpet Style
Rick Davies

Spanish-Caribbean musical studies are improved by this groundbreaking reading on Cuban trumpet playing. Shaping the latter conventions in decisive ways, horn men Felix Chappott'n and Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros become custom-made musicological petri dishes...


December 2003    Books

Making Jazz French: Music and Modern Life in Interwar Paris
Jeffrey H. Jackson

In 1922, as the opening night of the Paris nightclub Le Boeuf sur le Toit rolled out, jazz was already weaved into French history. The venue itself would become a key hub for the intellectual, artistic and jazzistic life of the City of Lights. Back then...


December 2003    Hearsay

Diego Urcola

Jazz in Argentina, according to Diego Urcola, "is in its best historical moment, both qualitatively and creatively, chiefly because of the knowledge and experiences brought over by musicians returning from Europe and the U.S.A." As a part-time returnee to...


December 2003    Spheres

Birds of a Feather
Caribbean Jazz Project

A brassier, busier and a wee bit more aggressively urban Caribbean Jazz Project is featured on Birds of a Feather (Concord Picante). Dave Samuels is now leading this new lineup with Ray Vega on trumpet, Dario Eskenazi on piano and special guests guitarist...


December 2003    Spheres

Carnival in San Juan
Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours

The current trinitarian Puerto Rican musical vanguard features two fine trombonists in Papo Vazquez and William Cepeda. (Saxophonist David Sanchez is the other P.R. player on the progressive edge.) Carnival in San Juan (CuBop), arguably Vazquez's best recording...


December 2003    Spheres

Bembeya Jazz

The latest release from Guinean group Bembeya Jazz features its unique Afro-pop lineup of four guitars, three singers, traps, percussion, alto and tenor saxes and trumpet. Although they have entered their fifth decade, in Bembeya (World Village), they hit...


December 2003    Spheres

Abdoulaye N'Diaye

Taoue (Justin Time) is an Abdoulaye N'Diaye release produced by David Murray. In one of the meatier portions of "Aduna," singer Tidiane Gaye flows Islamic-inflected Wolof vocalizations, after a remarkable kora improvisation, as the performance frees itself...


December 2003    Spheres

View from Afar
Larry Steen World Jazz Ensemble

View From Afar (LMS), by the Larry Steen World Jazz Ensemble, is a Vulcan mind meld of dissimilar sonic backgrounds. The bassist and leader assumes the role of a musical fashion designer, with his own line of complex Western classical and jazz harmonic chordal...


December 2003    Spheres

Paradise in Trouble
Chris Washburne and the Syotos Band

Paradise in Trouble (Jazzheads) is the third production of New York City trombonist Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band. Washburne is an academic ethnomusicologist acquainted with sounds from African villages, contemporary suburban funky pop, jazz and inner...


December 2003    Spheres

Live at Birdland
Gary Morgan & Panamericana!

Gary Morgan & Panamericana's Live at Birdland (CAP) is a well recorded and mixed 1998 gig, thankfully released now with a solid sound. For this spirited release Morgan marshaled 20 musicians into a forceful, expressive and densely layered musical entity...


December 2003    Spheres

Tino Derado

Often times, tracing cultural rootage in musical matters becomes as good as a search for an onion's core. Peeling ethnicity and scholarly layers off the captivating beauty of Luminescence (Sunnyside), by accomplished pianist and accordionist Tino Derado...


December 2003    Spheres

Bajo Cero
Pablo Ziegler/Quique Sinesi

On Bajo Cero (Khaeon), the tango nuevo accounts from pianist Pablo Ziegler, guitarist Enrique "Quique" Sinesi and bandoneon player Walter Castro are prominently attractive. Ziegler, who was Astor Piazzolla's pianist for 11 years, is a performer of considerable...


December 2003    Spheres

A New Life
Omar Sosa

A New Life (Ot), by Omar Sosa, is a piano interpretation of subjects such as Afro-Cuban spirituality and childhood remembrances stemming from the birth of his firstborn. Fatherhood does have an insightful interpreter in Sosa. He keeps the solo date moving...


November 2003    Albums

Rio de Janeiro Underground
Romero Lubambo

Brazilians Cesar Camargo Mariano and Romero Lubambo douse the listener with an inspiring percussive spiritedness on Duo that lends strength to its festively melodic bounty. "O Que E, O Que E" and "April Child," for example, bear witness to such a claim particularly...


November 2003    Albums

Out of Sight!
Poncho Sanchez

If your four-year-old granddaughter dances spontaneously to the opener of a recording, something is right about it. "One Mint Julep" on Poncho Sanchez's Out of Sight! was responsible for such happiness. The most popular band in Latin jazz returns with a...

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