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Latin Jazz Train - Como Suena
Calixto Oviedo is Back
Master percussionist Calixto Oviedo is back with his second Latin Jazz album, due for release very soon. We have heard four of the songs that he has uploaded to his YouTube channel. Below you will find a short teaser with clips of some of the tracks that will be on the album. We have recieved this preliminary review from Miriam Dotls who has had the pleasure of hearing more than we have.
"Calixto Oviedo is finishing his second Latin Jazz production with his band The Cuban Jazz Train. This new band, which is emerging in L.A. as the flag of Latin Jazz in California and one of the most noted in the USA these days, will present compositions by Yosmel Montejo (bassist), Joel Nunez (sax) Yasser Morejón (one of the great Cuban bassists who resides in Denmark), Calixto Oviedo as well as some classics of Latin Jazz. "Como Suena" is the name of a composition by Yosmel Montejo that also lends its name to the CD. Soon, in late May, we will be enjoying The Cuban Jazz Train.
The musicians are Montejo Yosmel - bass, Joel Nunez - piano, Nathanael Molina and Alex Rivas -piano, Christian Moraga - congas, Lily D Oviedo - vocals and one of the great Cuban trumpeters of the moment guest star Josiel Perez on flugelhorn. It will for sure be an album that everyone will enjoy, and from now on with what little I have heard you can say Como Suena!" - Miriam Dotls
Controversia! Paulito & Manolín
El Médico and El Sofocador Duel it Out in the late-90s
Here's a fascinating live bootleg from Havana during the rage late-90s timba explosion.
Paulito and Manolín had a feigned trash-talking rivalry that served to increase the popularity of each. They would frequently show up at each others shows to duel verbally on stage. For example, Paulito had a coro "ni médico, ni cantante".
Michel Maza also appears briefly and there's a trumpet solo from Carmelo Andrés, now best known as "El Abuelo" in Charanga Habanera's trumpet section.
This tape is also interesting in that it has three Paulito songs that were never released on any official album.
I've tried to get everything in the right order, but bear in mind that this came from an unlabeled cassette. "Cuál es tu trampa" seems to be from a different show and the two Manolín controversias may also be from different nights. Please add your insights to the comments section (en inglés o español, no importa)
Omar Sosa and Cuarteto Afrocubano at The Jazz Showcase
Also: CD Reviews
Omar Sosa and Cuarteto Afrocubano are at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago every night until Sunday, April 25. Unlike the album, which includes guest musicians that add some elements of Flamenco and other influences, this is the core quartet and is more down-to-the-bone Cuban in its execution. BIll Tilford was there for the first set opening night - you can read more and see photos here.
In 2012, Santa Habana by Melvis Santa was nominated for a Cubadisco award in the Fusion category. Melvis has her own projects now but has also been a member of Interactivo (which appears here) and Sexto Sentido. You can read a review of this recording in English here y en español aquí.
Best of all for Chicagoans, she will be in town May 9 to perform. See Report From Chicago from April 19 for details.
In the next month or two, you will be reading and hearing a lot about Ruy López-Nussa, who in no particular order is Ernán López-Nussa's brother, a phenomenal drummer, and the leader of the group La Academia, a group that has some killer recordings that are about to find their way to public notice. If you were a fan of Grupo Afrocuba, watch this like a hawk. This is not a reencarnation, but it is every bit as good, in some ways even better. While we wait, here's a review of a Fusion project (Cuban music and Reggae) that they did with Everton Paul, Remembrance. You can read it in English here o en español aquí.
Venezuela Debut for
Maykel Blanco & Su Salsa Mayor
International Timba Month has hit Venezuela in the form of Maykel Blanco y Su Salsa Mayor. They will perform their Venezuelan debut concert this Saturday in Barquisimeto. Fans are thrilled to finally get an opportunity to see Los Mayores en vivo. Maykel has been working hard over the past few years to really put together not only a great musical repertiore, but also a well-rehearsed, fun performance that makes Salsa Mayor arguably the best timba show in Havana today.
Los Mayores will be in Venezuela for five concerts. Click here to see the list of concert dates. If you are not fortunate enough to be in Venezuela, you can console yourself with the brilliant new DVD/CD "Cerrando Filas" available at iTunes and other digital retailers. Here is a personal message for the Venezuelan fans from the Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor official Facebook page.
Y LLEGAMOS MI GENTE, YA SABEN EL SABADO LOS ESPERAMOS EN BARQUISIMETO, UN ABRAZO, AHORA A DESCANSAR!!Posted by Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor on Thursday, April 23, 2015