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Tia Fuller: Healing Space

If jazz were not still largely a boys’ club, it wouldn’t be necessary to point out that this is an all-female ensemble. And if jazz were more lucrative, Fuller might be working more with her regular quartet instead of touring with Beyoncé. Reasons perhaps for Healing Space to open on such a strong note with … Read More “Tia Fuller: Healing Space”

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Alain Pérez: En El Aire

En El Aire (On the Air), the U.S. debut of bassist Alain Pérez, opens with a dramatic and forward-looking flourish. The title track, a modern-day Weather Report-meets-Los Muñequitos de Matanzas romp, simultaneously pays homage to musical and personal roots while looking to the future. In the process, it announces the arrival of a bold new … Read More “Alain Pérez: En El Aire”

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Ray Mantilla: Good Vibrations

On Good Vibrations, expect some standards done Latin-style. The album kicks off with two, “Flying Home” (with the crunchy baritone of Enrigue Fernández, who also doubles on flute here) and “Midnight Sun.” Paralleling that are Latin numbers with a jazz twist, in this case salutes to mambo kings Noro Morales (his signature tune “Maria Cervantes”) … Read More “Ray Mantilla: Good Vibrations”

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Tania Maria: Intimidade

Nowadays the word “intimacy” refers more often to carnal relations, but it actually comes from the Latin word for “innermost,” with its suggestion of that which is most personal and essential. In her notes for this latest release, veteran Brazilian jazz pianist and vocalist Tania Maria says she finds this intimacy in music. Intimidade is … Read More “Tania Maria: Intimidade”

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