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CD Reviews: Anat Cohen's “Luminosa” and Eliane Elias' “Made In Brazil”

By Don Heckman

It would be hard to find two better examples of some of the changes that have taken place in jazz during the new century than the presence and the playing of Anat Cohen and Eliane Elias. 733 more words

Don Heckman

Jazz with an Accent: New CDs from e.s.t., Tania Maria and Eddie Gomez, Alfredo Rodriguez, Diego Schissi, and Christian Escoude

By Fernando Gonzalez

The music business might be not much of a business these days, but the quantity, variety and quality of the music being released is quite astonishing. 821 more words

CD - Jazz

Latin Jazz CD: Issac Delgado's "L.O.V.E."

By Fernando Gonzalez

Issac Delgado

L-O-V-E (Calle 54)

Well before the concept of “crossover” became a commonplace in music marketing, Nat “King” Cole and his Honduras-born, Spanish-speaking manager, Carlos Gastel made a bold move to expand Cole’s fan base by recording an album of songs from the Latin repertoire — in Spanish. 630 more words

CD - Latin

Pop CD Review: Jorge Drexler's "Amar La Trama"

Jorge Drexler

Amar La Trama (Warner)

By Fernando Gonzalez

Writing and singing pop songs about rootlessness without angst, the small gestures in the everyday life of a relationship as it unfolds, or the very weaknesses that makes us who we are, is not for everybody. 479 more words

CD - Pop

Latin CD Review: Very Be Careful "Escape Room"

Very Be Careful

Escape Room (Barbes Records)

By Devon Wendell

Los Angeles’ own Very Be Careful has been putting its unique twist on Vallenato and Cumbia folk music traditions of Columbia for over a decade, continuing with their current release, … 344 more words

CD - Latin

CD Review: Tito Rodriquez "El Inolvidable"

Tito Rodriguez

El Inolvidable (Fania)

By Fernando Gonzalez

The Golden Age of Latin music in New York, centered around the Palladium Ballroom, was largely defined by three orchestras: Machito and His Afro Cubans, led by Frank “Machito” Grillo, and the groups of timbalero Tito Puente, and singer and multi-instrumentalist Tito Rodriguez. 603 more words

CD - Latin