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Live Review: 2019 Playboy Jazz Festival

Every year the Playboy Jazz Festival, held at the 19,000-capacity Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, is a roll of the dice in regards to mainstream performances. Festival attendees looking for straight-ahead jazz this year had to patiently abide funk, Afro-futurism, world, R&B, fusion, Latin, and even rock sets. For uninitiated, unfamiliar, and curious listeners, that … Read More “Live Review: 2019 Playboy Jazz Festival”

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Harold López-Nussa: Un Día Cualquiera (Mack Avenue)

Pianist Harold López-Nussa continues to hone his unique version of folk-jazz, intimately drawn from the conservatories and barrios of his native Cuba, where he still resides. Un Día Cualquiera translates into “Just Another Day,” and depicting the typical joys, struggles, and beliefs informing all of our lives is his intention here, with the understanding that Cuban … Read More “Harold López-Nussa: Un Día Cualquiera (Mack Avenue)”

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Harold Lopez-Nussa: New Day

Best known for his role in the Latin-jazz supergroup Ninety Miles, Harold López-Nussa has a touch heavily indebted to Brad Mehldau’s, but with a rhythmic dance of his own. It’s the latter that’s in focus on the Havana pianist’s lovely New Day. Despite beautiful melodies and exquisitely tender piano, rhythm comes out on top. Ostensibly … Read More “Harold Lopez-Nussa: New Day”

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