Marcela Breton

Marcela’s Contributions

10/15/06    Concerts

Arturo O’Farrill introduced the 88-year-old legend Bebo Valdes (pictured) by remarking on his astonishing energy and enthusiasm. O’Farrill also spoke movingly of how working with Bebo had reminded him of the spirit and energy of his late father, Chico O’Farrill...


May 2000    Albums

Omara Portuondo/Chucho Valdes

The famed Cuban vocalist Omara Portuondo, who has been singing since the '40s, and most recently touring with Buena Vista Social Club, collaborates with the equally illustrious pianist Chucho Valdes on thirteen songs of heartbreak. The lyrics to these boleros...


March 2000    Albums

Moio (Rhythmic Spice)
Café Jam

The quintet Cafe Jam hails from Sao Paulo, and their release is perfect listening for a summer's day picnic, smooth jazz with just a pinch of the tropical. Included among the twelve tunes are two Jobim compositions, "Passarim," featuring Paulo Pascali, Jr...


March 2000    Albums

Secret Places
Sumi Tonooka

Pianist Tonooka, of Asian and African-American lineage, has some impressive names associated with her debut release: pianist Kenny Barron is the producer, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Lewis Nash are featured on five numbers, and Rudy Van Gelder recorded...


January/February 2000    Albums

My Shining Hour
Patrice Williamson

Memphis-born Williamson gets solid support on her debut release from a lineup that features pianist Helen Sung, bassist Christian Bausch, drummer Ron Savage, and, on seven of twelve numbers, trumpeter Phil Grenadier. Along with the title cut, which serves...


December 1999    Albums

Santi Debriano

Panamanian bassist Debriano continues to show a talent for assembling just the right mix of musicians to express his musical ideas. Here he is joined by the brilliant Brazilian pianist Helio Alves, trap drummer extraordinaire Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez...


December 1999    Albums

Miri Ben-Ari

On her debut release, classically trained violinist Miri Ben-Ari is joined by guitarist Mark Whitfield, percussionist Valtinho Anastacio, keyboardist, programmer, and producer, Ohad, bassist Boris Cozlov, and drummer Steve Hass. The nine tunes range from...


December 1999    Albums

French Touch
Richard Galliano

The squeeze box is not an instrument one associates with jazz, but virtuoso French-Italian accordionist, Richard Galliano, is sure to change this. Galliano is joined by some superb musicians: bassists Remi Vignolo and Jean-Francois Jenny-Clark (who died...


December 1999    Albums

Caliente Con Soul!
Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers

Pucho is a timbalero who possess a sure hand at arrangements that combine an Afro-Cuban base with strong jazz components. His band, the Latin Soul Brothers, is a well-oiled machine. The ten tunes include a couple of mambos, two boogaloo numbers, a descarga...


December 1999    Albums

Live at MOCA
Bobby Matos

Matos is a timbalero who possesses a sure hand at arrangements that combine an Afro-Cuban base with strong jazz components. Michael Turre is a workhorse on Bobby Matos's latest release, playing flute, alto, soprano, and tenor sax, clave, and cowbell. Turre...


November 1999    Albums

A Glimpse of Times Past
Peppino D'Agostino

Solo guitar outings can be risky affairs. After all, the guitarist has only himself to rely on to create contrast, mood, and variety. Depth of emotion, or its absence, is hard to camouflage, and technically accomplished acoustic guitarists may not be able...


November 1999    Albums

Paco De Lucia

The latest outing by the flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, who has drama to spare, is an homage to his mother, Luzia, who passed away while he was working on this recording. Lucia's beautiful guitar is frequently complemented by "palmas," or handclapping...


November 1999    Albums

Eddie Palmieri and Friends

This Palmieri outing concludes his contract with RMM and, unlike its salsa predecessor, El Rumbero del Mundo, is essentially a Latin jazz effort. Recorded live at Hostos Community College in New York, the friends joining Palmieri include trumpeter Juancito...


November 1999    Albums

Black Bean Blues
Victor Mendoza

The fourth release by Mexican born Victor Mendoza, an acclaimed vibist and Berklee College faculty member, is proficient and polished if somewhat short on emotion or excitement. I didn't much like the heads of these tunes. Eight of nine numbers are composed...


November 1999    Albums

Terra Brasil

The sextet Terra Brasil, led by brothers Marcelo and Sergio Gomes, guitar and drums respectively, aims to create a Paulista sound, urban music reflective of the energy and identity of Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city and the fourth largest city in the world...


November 1999    Briefs

Sarah Jane Cion

What's not to like on this release by pianist and songwriter Sarah Jane Cion? She has the chops to swing in the best bebop tradition, as she does on the tune "Ease It," with special guest Antonio Hart on alto, while her solo piano effort, "Body and Soul...

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