Fernando Gonzalez

Fernando’s Contributions


04/02/15    Albums

Salsa de la Bahia Vol. 2: Hoy y Ayer--A Collection of SF Bay Area Salsa and Latin jazz
Various Artists

Even those familiar with names such as Cal Tjader, Clare Fischer, Francisco Aguabella or John Santos often have a sketchy idea about the history and present of the West Coast Latin scene. Here is an all-in-one refresher course and teaser. Salsa de la Bahia...


06/22/13    Albums

Quatro: The Definitive Collection
Tito Puente

By the time of his death on June 1, 2000, at age 77, Ernesto Antonio “Tito” Puente Jr. was an iconic figure in American culture. But showmanship and celebrity might have obscured the fact that, like Armstrong and Dizzy, Puente was the transcendent artist...


04/10/13    Albums

Eggũn: The Afri-Lectric Experience
Omar Sosa

Originally a commission from the Barcelona Jazz Festival in 2009, Eggũn: The Afri-Lectric Experience is Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Omar Sosa’s take on Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue on the 50th anniversary of that landmark recording. The Davis album...


03/27/13    Albums

My Life in Musc
Lalo Schifrin

The extraordinary career of Argentine-born pianist, composer and conductor Lalo Schifrin, 80, brings to mind the story of the blind men and the elephant. For many jazz fans Schifrin is the pianist of Dizzy Gillespie’s quintet from 1960 to 1962. Discovered...


01/25/13    Albums

Manu Katché
Manu Katché

Few attitudes speak to a person’s intelligence more clearly than his or her awareness of their own limitations. Even a cursory listen to French-African drummer and composer Manu Katché’s work—be it his three previous albums as a leader or, say, his playing...


12/06/12    Albums

The 50th Anniversary Collection
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

In simultaneously looking back and forward, these two releases by the Preservation Hall band, in celebration of the Hall’s 50th anniversary, are a reminder that while individuals and styles pass and change, it’s the spirit of the music that lives on—and...


12/02/12    Albums

Bobby Sanabria Big Band

Boldly ambitious and muscular but also smart, knowledgeable and mindful of the traditions at play, Multiverse might be drummer, composer, arranger and educator Bobby Sanabria’s finest work to date. It suggests a summation of many years of living and playing...


11/26/12    Undertones

Tango Casenave
Gustavo Casenave

Approaching traditional tango with a sensibility informed by jazz and European classical music, Uruguayan pianist and composer Gustavo Casenave creates an intriguing paradox: His Tango Casenave sounds at once retro and modern. A veteran of many high-profile...


10/26/12    Features

Chico & Rita … & Bebo

Latin jazz is celebrated on an animated film, now available on DVD/Blu-Ray


10/22/12    Albums

XXI Century
Gonzalo Rubalcaba

On the ambitious two-CD XXI Century , Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba continues to develop the ideas of modernity and fusion hinted at on previous recordings, with greater depth and breadth. Smartly accompanied by his trio of bassist Matt Brewer and drummer...


04/01/12    Albums

Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto

Seattle-based Brazilian multi-instrumentalist and composer Jovino Santos Neto follows last year’s Veja O Som (See the Sound) , a two-CD set of duet collaborations, with Current , a disc of originals featuring his American quintet. Elegantly arranged and...


02/23/12    Albums

Jerry González Y El Comando De La Clave
Jerry González Y El Comando De La Clave

After settling in Madrid in 2000, in part as the result of his involvement in Spanish director and producer Fernando Trueba’s film Calle 54 , Nuyorican trumpeter and conguero Jerry González became a hub of flamenco-jazz activity. Jerry González Y El Comando...


12/19/11    Albums

Urban Nature
Sammy Figeroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion

The compliment might make a manager cringe, but Urban Nature never sounds like someone’s vehicle. This is percussionist Sammy Figueroa’s third album as a leader, but here the ensemble playing, and the music, is the story. And a great story it is. A first...


11/03/11    Albums

La Esperanza
John Santos y El Coro Folklórico Kindembo

In a career that already spans nearly 40 years, Bay Area percussionist John Santos has played many roles, including performer, bandleader, composer, producer and teacher. La Esperanza , with his Coro Folklórico Kindembo, has a celebratory, communal feel...


10/05/11    Albums

Filosofía Caribeña, Vol. 1
The John Santos Sextet

In a career that already spans nearly 40 years, Bay Area percussionist John Santos has played many roles, including performer, bandleader, composer, producer and teacher. The elegant Filosofía Caribeña, Vol. 1 offers a glimpse into an ambitious multi-disciplinary...


07/09/11    Features

Al Di Meola: The Endless Tango

Across continents, generations, instruments and sensibilities, Al Di Meola remains committed to the Nuevo Tango of Astor Piazzolla

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