Diane Gordon

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March 2000    Albums

Catch the Feeling
Bronx Horns

What happens when you "graduate" from Tito Puente's big band? With any luck, you'll sound something like the Bronx Horns, featuring three of Puente's star horn players; Mitch Frohman, Bobby Porcelli and Ray Vega. Of course, the fun part is hearing how much...


January/February 2000    Albums

Latin Jazz Suite
Lalo Schifrin

Lalo Schifrin's Latin Jazz Suite is a musical walkabout through the Americas with the very best of company, such as trumpeter Jon Faddis and drummer Ignacio Berroa. A collective bravura ignites a series of musical portraits of the locales such as Cuba, Brazil...


October 1999    Albums

Rio Days, Rio Nights
Paula Robison

Paula Robison is a wonderful classical flutist, but she also clearly loves Brazilian music. For Rio Days, Rio Nights, she has chosen some of Brazil's finest musicians to back her up for an exploration of bossa nova and earlier popular Brazilian forms. Guitarist...


June 1999    Albums

Brasil Nativo
Lani Hall

Lani Hall's approach to Brazilian music is both traditional and unique, though far more innovative than classic. There are some endearing duets with Dori Caymmi, a member of Brazil's musical aristocracy. A fusion atmosphere abounds, and the requisite samba...


June 1999    Albums

La Bikina
Edward Simon

Even the staunchest Latin jazz fan can grow tired of the same musicians playing the same music. Venezuelan-born Edward Simon joins the genre's younger generation of virtuosos, bearing gifts from his Latin background, as well as from his classical training...


January/February 1999    Albums

Quanta Live
Gilberto Gil

Gilberto Gil wears many hats, most notably as an international warrior for environmental causes and civil rights. But above all, he is a Brazilian superstar, somewhat comparable to a musically sophisticated Bob Dylan. The sound quality of Gilberto Gil's...


January/February 1999    Albums

Afro-Cuban Fantasy
Poncho Sanchez

Poncho Sanchez and Dianne Reeves? What a concept! As it turns out, the exuberant singer makes good company for Sanchez's 18th recording for the Concord Picante label. Sanchez treads some new ground here in presenting some of composer Clare Fischer's songs...


November 1998    Albums

Havana Blues
Latin Jazz Orchestra

Havana Blues pairs veteran composer/conductor/arranger Chico O'Farrill with the Rodríguez-Rendún Latin Jazz Orchestra for a second recording of vintage Latin jazz. While there are no surprises, this cd reveals big band Latin jazz at its most exuberant. Armando...


November 1998    Albums

Live in Cuba
Mingus Amungus

Mingus Amingus paints a fresh face on the music of Charles Mingus for a live concert in Havana, where the seven-piece combo lived up to its reputation as one of San Francisco's most popular jazz groups. Beginning with "Slop," and ending with "Fables of Faubus...


November 1998    Albums

Isn't it Romantic
Ernestine Anderson

Can it be possible that Ernestine Anderson's singing career spans four decades and more? Her voice is as strong as ever, just this side of husky, on Isn't It Romantic, a collection of standard ballads by Rogers/Hart and others. Backed by the Netherlands...


November 1998    Albums

Just Jobim
Manfredo Fest

After his untimely death in 1994, there was a predictable flurry of Antonio Carlos Jobim tribute recordings. Before his passing, however, songs of the bossa nova legend persisted as some of the most played in the world since the '60s. Few songwriters can...


November 1998    Albums

Modern Cool
Patricia Barber

Modern Cool is an atmospheric foray into the off-beat sensibility of Patricia Barber, a young pianist and singer from Chicago. Her compositions are intelligent observations of modern urban life, beginning with "Touch of Trash," a portrait of a perfectly...

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