Wilbert Sostre

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01/02/12    Albums

CD Review: Ryan Davidson Trio

The music on Ryan Davidson trio debut album is hard to classify. It has a western kind of country music feel, understandable due to Ryan Davidson experience with many country music artists. Even the Monk classic "Rouns Midnight" receive an interesting country...

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01/02/12    Albums

CD Review: Eddie Daniels/Roger Kellaway - Live at The Library of Congress

Clarinetist Eddie Daniels and pianist Roger Kellaway are the kind of musicians with the exceptional ability to cross from classical to jazz. In fact this album recorded live at the Library of Congress feels at times like a classical music recital. Both...

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01/02/12    Albums

CD Review: Bob Shimizu - First and Monroe

In the best tradition of 1980's Smooth jazz, guitarrist/composer Bob Shimizu relaxing sound and welcoming tone echoes the style of guitarrist like Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton. All the compositions on First and Monroe are Shimizu originals. Soothing, and...

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12/31/11    Albums

CD Review: Rahe - Out of the Box

Out of the Box is a remarkable debut album from Rahe, a Spain native now living in Tucson, Arizona. Rahe is not only a singer with a sweet voice, she is also a pretty good songwriter. All of the outstanding songs on the release are originals. Rahe music...

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12/31/11    Albums

CD Review: Cinque - Catch a Corner

The music of Cinque combines different jazz styles all played with conviction and authenticity. The slow funk jazz fusion "Conflicting Advices", the Bebop sounds of "Geppetto's Blues", the funky "Saturday Night Saturday Morning", the bossa-like "Two Worlds...

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12/31/11    Albums

CD Review: Lenny Marcus - The Jazz of Beethoven

If classical music can be criticized for something, is for the relegation of rhythm in favor of the development of melodic and harmonic sophistication. It is precisely the rhythmic complexity that comes from Africa, found in jazz and afro caribbean music...

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12/31/11    Albums

CD Review: Phil Dwyer - Changing Seasons

Featuring violinist Mark Fewer and recorded with a Big Band and a string orchestra, Changing Seasons is an ambitious project that fuse Jazz and Classical music. The theme of the album is change and each movement or composition is dedicated to a different...

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12/31/11    Albums

CD Review: Kayla Taylor - You'd be Surprised

Atlanta native and recipient of the 2010 Ovation Award for Outstanding Vocal Performance Kayla Taylor imprint her personal style to some of the classics of the Great American Songbook on the album You'd be surprised. Even though Taylor tone and phrasing...

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12/28/11    Albums

CD Review: Rita Ferreira

Saxophonist Rita Ferreira self tittled album is almost a tribute to one of the fathers of Bossa Nova, Antonio Carlos Jobim. Six out of the nine compositions on the album are by Jobim. Ferreira warm and welcoming tone on the sax is perfect to play Jobim's...

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12/28/11    Albums

CD Review: Oscar Perez Nuevo Comienzo - Afropean Affair

With a cuban father and colombian mother, one can imagine Oscar Perez grew up listening to some of the best music from latin america. And of course his music echoes all that rich tradition of latin-american music. Perez is a pianist of impeccable technique...

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12/28/11    Albums

CD Review: Freddy V - Easier than it looks

Easier than it looks is Freddy V debut album after his experience working with The Average White Band, and performances with Michael McDonald, Hall and Oates, Chaka Khan, The Four Tops, Blood Sweat and Tears, and The Temptations. Fans of the soothing, mellow...

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12/28/11    Albums

CD Review: Fourthought

Those who think young jazz musicians do not know how to swing should listen to "Laucerny" the first track of New York City-based Jazz quartet Fourthought self-titled debut album. These guys can swing or play ballads "Intercession" and "A Change of Heart...

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12/25/11    Albums

CD Review: Tan Ping - Paradise

Paradise is the fourth album from singer/composer and Taiwan native, currently living in San Francisco, Tan Ping. Her previous albums, mostly pop music albums, were recorded when Ping was starting her career in Taiwan. So this is her first jazz CD after...

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12/25/11    Albums

CD Review: Pamela Hines Trio & April Hall - Lucky's Boy

Now living in Boston, Pamela Hines grew up in Acton, Massachusetts and has a Masters Degree from the New England Conservatory. On her previous album Hines demonstrated she has the ability to compose interesting and complex jazz instrumentals. On her new...

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12/25/11    Albums

CD Review: Mindy Canter - Fluteus Maximus

A flutist with a warm, mellow tone, Mindy Canter began playing piano at age 4 and flute at the age of 9. Her third album Fluteus Maximus starts with "Slider", an original funky composition with accesible melodies, plus an Hammond B3 organ and electric guitar...

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12/24/11    Albums

CD Review: Alex Brown - Pianist

With a Bachelor degree from New England Conservatory where he studied with Danilo Perez, Alex Brown is a richly inventive improviser with a good sense of melody. My first contact with Alex Brown music was a couple of years back when I saw him playing in...

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About Wilbert Sostre

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Freelance Jazz writer and musician with music courses at the University of Puerto Rico and the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico. Professional/voting member of the Jazz Journalist Association.

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Reviews and articles also published at All About Jazz, ejazznews.com and Jazz Inside Magazine

Wilbert Sostre joined the JazzTimes community on Mar 31, 2010