Marcela Breton

Marcela’s Contributions


June 1999    Albums

Living These Times
Fernando Huergo

The Argentinian Fernando Huergo, who plays electric and acoustic bass, offers an eclectic mix of tangos, sambas, and rumbas filtered through a jazz sensibility. He pays tribute to the deceased pianists Argentinian Jorge Dalto and Cuban Emiliano Salvador...


June 1999    Albums

Partido Out
Trio Da Paz

There's fine bass playing, by Nilson Matta, on the latest Trio da Paz release. There's also the virtuoso guitar work of Romero Lubambo, and the percussion of Duduka Da Fonseca. The ten ballads and mid-tempo numbers showcase the trio's pristine sound. The...


June 1999    Albums

Paulinho Garcia

Paulinho Garcia's sensuous voice is heard to wonderful advantage on nineteen songs that cover the spectrum from standard sambas such as the opener, "Samba da Pergunta," to Peruvian Chabuca Granda's immortal "La Flor de la Canela," to the Beatles' "You've...


June 1999    Albums


UZ22 hails from Milton Nascimento's home state of Minas Gerais and oddly enough, given Nascimento's timeless writing, felt that his music needed to be "modernized" for younger listeners. I suppose the mini moog, heard on the tunes "Tarde," "Clube da Esquina...


June 1999    Briefs

Modern Memory
Rez Abbasi

Guitarist Abbasi writes in his liner notes that he wanted to "combine free form sections and tuneful melodic songs." He's managed just that. Modern Memory refers to three improvisational interludes dedicated to John Coltrane, Jim Hall, and Keith Jarrett...


June 1999    Briefs

Joe LoCascio

On this solo piano outing, Joe LoCascio interprets twelve standards, including "All the Things You Are," "Stairway to the Stars," and "Call Me Irresponsible," plus two originals, "For You" and "Arnett Cobb." Among the four Strayhorn tunes are "Star Crossed...


January/February 1999    Briefs

Mambo 2000
Johnny Blas

There are five trombonists on this release by conguero/percussionist Johnny Blas. But if you're thinking Libre, don't. It's more a cross of Rumba Club with Poncho Sanchez. A West Coast sound with more heat in the percussion-Blas's New York roots? Pianist...

January/February 1999    Briefs

Jack Costanza and his Afro-Cuban Band
Jack Costanza and his Afro-Cuban Band

Dubbed "Mr. Bongo" by Leonard Feather, Costanzo, like Tito Puente, was a dancer first. He got his start in jazz with Stan Kenton, then played with Nat King Cole. This reissue features five tunes with the vocalist Kaskara, "El Resbaloso" the best of these...


January/February 1999    Albums


Cubanismo's third release has pianist Ignacio Herrera in place of Alfredo Rodr guez. Herrera is capable enough but I miss the intense, angular originality of Rodr guez's solos. The eleven tunes include a mambo, a guajira, a guaracha, a pil n, two descargas...


January/February 1999    Albums

Sol Negro
Virginia Rodrigues

Virginia Rodrigues hails from Bahia, the most African-influenced region of Brazil. The choice of material on this release is meant to reflect that fact. Rodrigues's contralto voice is otherwordly, spiritual, exquisite. You can hear her "unique timber," as...


January/February 1999    Albums

The Music of Marlon Simon & the Nagual Spirits
Marlon Simon

Several big names are on this Latin jazz release by Venezuelan timbalero/drummer Marlon Simon: altoist Bobby Watson, tenorist John Stubblefield, trumpeter Brian Lynch, and conguero Jerry Gonzalez. The rhythm section boasts John Benitez and Joe Santiago...


December 1998    Books

Blue Bossa
Bart Schneider

Ronnie Reboulet plays trumpet and sings. He’s a junkie who wears false teeth, and he was drop dead gorgeous when young. A fictional Chet Baker? The other characters in this jazz novel include Ronnie’s daughter, Rae, her little boy, Quincy, and Ronnie’s long...


November 1998    Albums

Rio Bahia

This is the sort of release that one might recommend for stress reduction and relaxation. Vocalist Al Alabado and guitarist Artie Grijalva lead a group that includes pianist Guilherme Vergueiro, bassist Octavio Bailly, drummer Robertinho Silva, percussionist...


November 1998    Albums

Latin, Soul-Sa & Jazz
The Afro-Rican Ensemble

On this straightahead jazz release, with strong Latin, blues, soul, and funk elements, the Afro-Rican Ensemble doesn't bite off more than they can chew, offering respectful interpretations of standards such as "Song for My Father" and "Afro-Blue," Freddie...


November 1998    Albums

Maybe in a Dream
Jeremy Davenport

Davenport is a trumpeter and crooner. His voice is soft, understated, and conversational. He's a darn good trumpeter and the trumpet interludes keep things from getting sappy. He's backed by the solid, swinging musicianship of Glenn Patscha, piano, Peter...


November 1998    Albums

Tibiri Tabara
Sierra Maestra

With this release, the nine-piece Cuban group Sierra Maestra celebrates 21 years of playing traditional Cuban son. The descarga, "Anabacoa," is the closest thing to a jazz number. Trumpeter Barbaro Teuntor Garcia replaces Jesus Alemany, who left Sierra Maestra...

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