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Roberto Fonseca: Yesun (Mack Avenue)

Is it necessary for jazz to be “challenging” or “complex” in order to be considered “good”?  Pianist Roberto Fonseca blazes few new trails here, despite his blending of styles and influences that some might consider disparate, if not oppositional. “We have a little mambo and rumba, some reggaeton and hip-hop,” he says in the online … Read More “Roberto Fonseca: Yesun (Mack Avenue)”

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Live Review: 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival, Week 2

A jam-packed weekend opened the 40th edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival, with inspiring performances by luminaries and rising stars such as pianists Chucho Valdés and Brad Mehldau, and saxophonist Melissa Aldana (see JazzTimes review here). With six more days ahead, July 1—Canada Day—was a microcosm of what was to come, with music for every palate: … Read More “Live Review: 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival, Week 2”

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Roberto Fonseca: Yo

Yo is both a wry and accurate title, for keyboardist Roberto Fonseca has melded a scintillating and deeply affecting collection of Afro-Cuban jazz, folk and idiomatic street rhythms that warrants your attention. He goes headhunting for vintage Herbie Hancock grooves on “80’s,” covers Malian griot Baba Sissoko’s “Bibisa” with the thrilling African thrush Fatoumata Diawara, … Read More “Roberto Fonseca: Yo”

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