Javier Quinones

Javier’s Contributions


May 2004    Albums

Level of Intent
Babatunde Lea

Percussionist Babatunde Lea's music is filled with accessible depth, groove and earthy vibes. His tunes feature eager and hungry percussive colorations, tasteful technical facility and fresh hand-slapped and stick-led patterns. Those rhythms operate within...


May 2004    Albums

Life After That
Airto Moreira

Twenty-six participating musicians, layering sheet after dense sheet of percussive pulses and grooves, spawned Airto Moreira's Life After That. Although the core of the recording is filled with the musical air of Brazil, there are traces from other geographical...


May 2004    Albums

Miles Latino
Humberto Ramirez

Humberto Ramirez plays to his head-solo-head strengths on Miles Latino. Predictably, this midtempo, straightahead Latin-jazz homage to Miles Davis-the first entire recording from such a musical perspective-deals with Davis' pre-fusion repertoire, reinterpreted...


April 2004    Books

Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: One Hundred Years of Jazz in Cuba
Leonardo Acosta

According to Reporters Without Borders, Cuba is the "the world's biggest prison for journalists" and its dictator the "Maximum Leader of predators of press freedom." Auspiciously, nevertheless, Leonardo Acosta's remarkably fair and balanced groundwork on...


April 2004    Books

Paul Whiteman: Pioneer in American Music. Volume I: 1890-1930
Don Rayno

One does not need to be a Rene Girard or Eric Gans scholar, whose studies address scapegoating and resentment in the formation of human communities, to understand how Paul Whiteman's career was sacrificed as a central object of ideological desire. Such a...


April 2004    Hearsay

Sonia Santana

One has to wonder how many musicians and critics listening to Sonia Santana in a Before and After session in this magazine would guess that a non-Cuban is fronting such a tight, classic Cuban big-band sound on Havana Dreams (Odyssey). One also has to wonder...


April 2004    Spheres

Piazzolla Forever
Richard Galliano Septet

Consider Piazzolla Forever (Dreyfus) by Richard Galliano's Septet as a late addition to my top releases of last year. With string quartet, piano and double bass, Galliano is featured live-with a masterful acoustic reproduction and mix-at the 2002 Jazz Festival...


April 2004    Spheres

Tudo de Bom
Tudo de Bom

Tudo de Bom: Music From Hermeto Pascoal's Calendario do Som (LKC) is based on the book of daily compositions that Pascoal wrote in 1996. The publication is only available in Portuguese, with limited distribution, and it doesn't include a recording of the...


April 2004    Spheres

Take Five
Two For Brazil

Take Five (Jazzmin), from Two for Brazil, is a guitar and tenor sax/flute duo, biggie-sized by the guitarist's vocals. Stringsman Paulinho Garcia and reedist Greg Fishman make Dizzy Gillespie, Toninho Horta, Luis Bonfa, Djavan Caetano Viana, Jobim, Paul...


April 2004    Spheres

A Mi Tierra

Afrodysia's Deborah Aviles' singing on A Mi Tierra (Random Chance) indicates that she hopes for a successful musical melange. Aviles modulates sources such as trova, jazz's hipness, son and bolero in a seemingly adaptive manner, allocating them into her...


April 2004    Spheres

A Day Gone By
Jinga Quintet

The Jinga Quintet's A Day Gone By (Fresh Sound World Jazz) is as tastefully intriguing and slyly hot as Japanese dried fish and red pepper otsumami. On "Africa's Cry," freewheeling, 6/8, Afro-Cuban bass bends by Fernando Huergo precede discordant mournful...


April 2004    Spheres

Live: Skirball Cultural Center 8/7/03
Vinicius Cantuaria

Live: Skirball Cultural Center 8/7/03 (Kufala) is a double CD documenting an L.A. performance by Vinicius Cantuaria as guitarist, vocalist and percussionist, with percussionist Nanny Assis, drummer Paulo Braga, bassist Sergio Brandao and violinist Jenny...


April 2004    Spheres

Playful Heart
Oscar Castro-Neves

Oscar Castro-Neves is so much more than an old-school bossanoveiro of well established and documented repute. Playful Heart (Mack Avenue), reasserts that fact. Nary an aspect of the production was not enhanced by his musical prodigy. "Four Brothers" showcases...


April 2004    Spheres

Nelson Angelo

"Caterete," the title cut of Nelson Angelo's U.S. debut on the Adventure label, with its core of aboriginal-tinged sampled alien-ness and its danceable tease at the coda, signals further Brazilian musical explorations of unknown destinations in this recording...


April 2004    Spheres

Southern Exposure
Tom Lellis

Adventure released the irresistible vocalist and pianist Tom Lellis' Southern Exposure--a vespers to love. "Luisa," a Toninho Horta and Ellis composition, features guitarist Horta and pianist Dave Kikoski's tidy and lovely interchanges, a supple trio of...


April 2004    Spheres

Cris on the Farm
Marcos Amorim Trio

Cris on the Farm (Adventure), from the Marcos Amorim Trio, is yet another revelatory Brazilian release. This trio can very well be the premier of its kind. They vary their sonic imprint a bit, as the leader plays several types of guitars, as does Ney Conceicao...

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