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Oscar Hernandez "The Art of Latin Jazz" album

Oscar Hernandez “The Art of Latin Jazz” Album Review

“The Art of Latin Jazz” is the first album under multi-Grammy Salsa bandleader Oscar Hernandez’ name. It also takes him out of his Salsa genre comfort zone. Oscar Hernández had been a successful Salsa musician and bandleader for over 4 decades. He was the musical director for Ruben Blades’ Seis del Solar. Additionally, Oscar has […]

Eddie Palmieri in Sabiduria Wisdom album cover

Eddie Palmieri “Sabiduría / Wisdom” Review

Wisdom is the quality of having experience knowledge and good judgment. Through a 62-year career in Latin music, Eddie Palmieri has accumulated all of those elements and recorded them into the album “Sabiduría / Wisdom”. Palmieri Musicians From Past and Present “Sabiduría” includes musicians that currently perform with Eddie Palmieri regularly as well as others […]

Ray Barretto on the cover of "Barretto" Salsa album

Latin Music Vintage: “Barretto” a Landmark Salsa album at 40

Forty years ago, while still enjoying the success of his previous album “Indestructible”, Ray Barretto faced another challenge for his next album “Barretto” which became a turning point on the careers of several Salsa artists. The self-titled album “Barretto” was the follow-up album to what I consider a Salsa Hall of Fame album “Indestructible”. After […]

Salsa songwriter Omar Alfanno performs the single "Verano de Estambul"

Omar Alfanno New Single “Verano de Estambul” (Video)

Panamanian singer-songwritter Omar Alfanno released the song and video of new single “Verano de Estambul” in a surprising Vallenato-pop format and with his usual poetically romantic lyrics. The famed romantic Salsa hit-maker of songs he’s provided to Marc Anthony, Luis Enrique, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Victor Manuelle, and many others has decided to re-take his singing […]

Latin Jazz trombonist Wayne Wallace with his Latin Jazz Quintet

Wayne Wallace “Intercambio” Has Latin Jazz Diversity

How do you diversify Latin Jazz? Well, there are a lot of options, and veteran trombonist and producer Wayne Wallace does just that in “Intercambio”. “Intercambio” Delivers Diversity of Rhythms The Bay Area bandleader gave his Latin Jazz Quintet and several special guests all they can handle with a variety of songs and rhythms in […]

Salsa icon Willie Colon playing trombone

Willie Colon Ballad Single “Vida Mas Simple”

Salsa icon Willie Colon released the single “Vida Mas Simple”, a guitar-led ballad that previews is upcoming recording. I’ve included the official video below. “Vida Mas Simple” (la de ayer) was written by Cuban-American artist Nil Lara, and becomes the leading single of Willie’s next album, which he has been working on and announcing for […]