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Orrin Keepnews: Orrinology

Jesse “Chuy” Varela interviews one of the most legendary producers in jazz about his time with Riverside, Thelonious Monk and more.

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Roberto Carcasses: Invitation

I love it when drummers become pianists because they bring a propulsive charge to the instrument. Just listen to how Eddie Palmieri, Omar Sosa and Roberto Carcasses manage meter and time. Carcasses, a conservatory-trained percussionist from Cuba, makes his debut with Invitation, a CD that shows how his rhythmic approaches enhance his montuno-driven grooves and … Read More “Roberto Carcasses: Invitation”

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Paquito D’Rivera: Live at the Blue Note

This remote recording at New York City’s Blue Note club captures a unique moment in the career of Paquito D’Rivera, one of the premier reed stylists of the last 30 years. With Dario Eskenazi (piano), Diego Urcola (trumpet), Oscar Stagnero (bass), Mark Walker (drums), Pernell Saturnino (percussion) and special guest Oriente Lopez (flute), Paquito rips … Read More “Paquito D’Rivera: Live at the Blue Note”

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Michel Camilo/Tomatito: Spain

Ever since Miles Davis did “Concierto de Aranjuez,” with those gorgeous Gil Evans tapestries, aficionados have come to know the shared harmonic feeling between flamenco and jazz. Spain, the stirring duet album by pianist-composer Michel Camilo and Spanish guitarist Tomatito advances the “jazzmenco” idea further: it’s an intimate and resonating performance. The two met in … Read More “Michel Camilo/Tomatito: Spain”

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John Santos and Machete: Tribute to the Masters

In 1975 percussionist-bandleader- Latin music scholar John Santos was cited along with his friend Raul Rekow (Santana) for playing conga drums at Dolores Park in the San Francisco Mission District. It was part of an ordinance written by then supervisor and now U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein to outlaw “bongo” playing which she said led to … Read More “John Santos and Machete: Tribute to the Masters”

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Cubanismo: Mardi Gras Mambo

Cubanismo mingles New Orleans brass bands with its Caribbean heritage. The links between Afro-Cubans and black Crescent City culture goes back to colonial times, but musically it wasn’t until the turn of the last century that they met when colored municipal bands from Havana played in New Orleans and vice versa. It was these ensembles … Read More “Cubanismo: Mardi Gras Mambo”

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