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Type Artist Product Date Author
CD Manhattan School of Music Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra Qvhs Que Viva Harlem

Bobby Sanabria and the Manhattan School of Music Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra hit it out of the park again with Que Viva Harlem, a relentlessly swinging tribute to New York's Golden Age.

06/08/2015 Ian Stewart
CD Aisar yl El Expresso de Cuba Aisar-cd-icon Música Cubana, llegó el Expresso (Bis Music) Released 24 February 2017

Winner at Cubadisco 2017 in the Contemporary Dance Music New Talents Category "Música Cubana, llegó el Expresso" is a strong debut album that succeeds in all it sets out to do, offering an unmistakably Cuban sound taking from best traditions of Cuban dance music but with a modern expression that reflects the tastes of dancers today.

02/24/2017 Michelle White
Film Edesio Alejandro 100sonescubanossmall Los 100 Sones Cubanos (2010) Directed by Edesio Alejandro & Rubén Consuegra

This film does not attempt to be a comprehensive history of the Son but does include some interesting historical information as well as some entertaining and sometimes unusual live performances,

04/14/2012 Bill Tilford
CD Eliades Ochoa & Alma Latina Guajiramasguajirasmall Guajira Mas Guajira - (Tumi) Released May 2016

The renowned Eliades Ochoa teams with his sister, Maria Ochoa, and the group Alma Latina, in a pleasant blend of Cuban country music and hints of other Caribbean styles like Soca and Ska.

04/10/2016 Bill Tilford
CD Brian Andres Sf-cd-cover-300small San Francisco - (Bacalao Records) Released 2013

The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel returns with a new release that represents some of the best of the California school of Latin Jazz.

08/25/2013 Bill Tilford
CD Appalatin Appalatinsmall Waterside (Self-Produced) - Released 2013.05.31

Appalatin's "Waterside" is an unusual and pleasant blend of Andean, Appalachian, "Roots" music, Cumbia, Caribbean - think of a Western-Hemisphere acoustic jam session where nobody asked you where you were from or what that instrument you were carrying is called.

11/06/2013 Bill Tilford
Concert Orquesta Aragon Aragonsmalltimba Orquesta Aragon in Chicago 2014

Orquesta Aragón returned to Chicago after an absence of more than a decade for two shows at the Mayne Stage in Chicago. The venue was full and enthusiastic for their swinging performances.

04/20/2014 Bill Tilford
CD/DVD Los Hermanos Arango Arangoestrellas Los Hermanos Arango Y Las Estrellas del Folklor - (Bis Music) - Released 2011

This excellent folkloric fusion project won multiple Cubadisco awards in 2012 and is one of the best projects of its kind.

05/08/2014 Bill Tilford
CD Daymé Arocena Cubafoniatimbasmall Cubafonía - (Brownswood Recordings) Released March 2017

ENGLISH: Cubafonía is Dayme Arocena's third full album in her own name. Accompanied by several members of Cuba's young Jazz elite, it also has a healthy mix of Rumba, Mambo, Changüi, Jazz and Funk There is a chemistry throughout this album that wasn't as consistently present at the same level in her earlier projects, and Çubafonía could prove to be her breakout album.
ESPAÑOL: Cubafonía es el tercer álbum de Daymé Arocena en su propio nombre. Acompañada por varios miembros de la joven élite de Jazz de Cuba, tiene también una mezcla saludable de Rumba, Mambo, Changüi, Jazz y Funk. Hay una química a lo largo de este álbum que no era presente tan consistemente en el mismo nivel en sus proyectos anteriores, y Cubafonía podría resultar ser el álbum que atrae la mayor atención.

06/11/2017 Bill Tilford
CD Various Artists Lecuonajojazzsmall Lecuona JóJazz -(Colibrí) - 2014

This inventive Jazz treatment of some of Ernesto Lecuona's compositions was nominated for a Cubadisco award in the Jazz Cubano category in 2015. It features four past JóJazz winners on piano (JóJazz is a contest dedicated to young Jazz artists) and some excellent combos supporting them.

04/14/2016 Bill Tilford
CD Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Offensedrumsmall The Offense of the Drum (Motema) - Released May 2014

If one had to pick one album that captures the diversity of Latin Jazz in a way that will make you want to explore all of it, this would be it. A singular achievement.

12/11/2014 Bill Tilford
CD Azucar Negra Azucarnegra Andar Andando - (Bis Music) - Released 2000

With the release of “Andar Andando”, Azucar Negra has produced a timba classic for the new millennium. The dynamic duo of writer-arranger, Leonel Limonta and vocalist Haila Mompie (both founders of another powerhouse group, Bamboleo), have come up with a delicious blend of rhythms that will grab hold of both dancer and listener alike...

01/15/2001 Carlos Suarez
CD Laritza Bacallao Laritzacover-icon Sólo se vive una vez - (Planet Records) Released 2014

The songs have the simplicity of merengue with the intensity of electronica, making it tempting and easy for even the most left-footed to dance along. It will appeal to the younger crowd and fans of that illusive Tropical genre.

07/12/2015 Michelle White
CD Yissy & Bandancha Ultimanoticia2timbasmall Última Noticia (Zona Jazz 2016/EGREM 2017)

ENGLISH: Winner of the Opera Prima (best new artist) and Diseño (Design) categories in Cubadisco 2017, Última Noticia has an origin story almost as interesting as the album itself - a galvanizing mix of Jazz, Fusion, Cuban Music, Funk, NuJazz - kind of like Acid Jazz 3.0 but even better.
ESPAÑOL: Ganador de las categorías Opera Prima (mejor nuevo artista) y Diseño en Cubadisco 2017, Última Noticia tiene una historia de origen casi tan interesante como el propio álbum - una mezcla galvánica de Jazz, Fusion, Música Cubana, Funk, NuJazz -como si fuera Acid Jazz 3.0 pero aún mejor.

07/02/2017 Bill Tilford
CD Alex Bia Renacercovesmall Renacer (Independent Release) Released 2014

This debut CD by Cuban-born singer-songwriter-keyboardist Alex Bia includes an explosive opening track with special guest Tirso Duarte. It isn't a Timba album (except for the first track), but the other styles that it contains (Salsa, Latin Pop/R & B) are solid.

04/13/2014 Bill Tilford
CD Ernesto Blanco Abrepuertas Abre todas las puertas - (Bis) - Released 2013

Nominated in the Pop category in Cubadisco 2014, this recording captures many of the styles now appearing regularly on Cuban radio, from Disco to Latin Pop to surf guitar.

05/09/2014 Bill Tilford
CD/DVD Zule Guerra & Blues de Habana Bluesdehabanasmall Blues de Habana - (EGREM) released 2015

This is the VERY impressive debut release by Zule Guerra & Blues de Habana, a relatively new presence in the Nu Jazz scene that is beginning to flower in Cuba. Yasek Manzano and Bobby Carcassés add additional firepower to an already formidable group. This hasn't really hit the US yet, but when it does it may make some waves.

01/25/2016 Bill Tilford
CD Buena Fe Dial-timbassmall Dial - (Blue Night Entertainment) Released 2013.02.18

"Dial", Buena Fe’s eighth studio CD, is a tribute to the 90th anniversary of Cuban Radio, which took place in 2012. It is also is an experimental project that goes in search of fresh sounds, marking a new phase in the band’s artistic development.

04/02/2013 Michelle White
CD Buena Fe Icon-sobreviviente Sobreviviente (EGREM) Released 3 March 2017

“Sobreviviente” is quintessential Buena Fe – brains and beauty. Winner of the Grand Prize at Cubadisco 2017 as well as Best Fusion Album, this CD is highly recommended for fans of intelligent, beautiful music.

03/03/2017 Michelle White
CD Buena Fe Icon-soy Soy (EGREM) 2015

"Soy" is a great introductory album if you want to introduce new fans to some of Buena Fe's biggest hits but the three new songs also give the long term fans something new.

06/30/2017 Michelle White
CD Descemer Bueno Buenosmall Bueno - (Bis Music) Released 2013

Bueno was one of two winners of the Composers Prize in Cubadisco 2013 and also won the Canción Contemporánea and Videoclip categories. Includes several collaborations with other prominent Cuban artists. This is a popular music album, but several promient Cuban Jazz musicians appear in the roster for the project. .

06/05/2014 Bill Tilford
CD Concha Buika Buika_lanoche__coversmall La Noche Más Larga - (Warner Music Latina) Released 2013.06.04

Buika continues her streak of emotionally powerful recordings with a cast that includes Cuban musicians Alaín Pérez, Iván Melón Lewis and Pedrito Martinez.

05/31/2013 Bill Tilford
Concert Calle Real Cr-review Calle Real at El Palacio Real (Stockholm) - 2013.09.15

Back after a six month hiatus, Calle Real performed two hot sets for dedicated fans who braved the autumn rain in Stockholm and were rewarded with two new songs.

09/15/2013 Michelle White
CD Calle Real Cr Dime Qué - (Calle Real Productions) Released 2015.12.21

"¿¡Dime Qué?!" has a rich instrumental texture: tres, piano, subtle synthesizer, elecric guitar, electric and acoustic bass and the horns, all woven together to create an irresistible dance album.

12/22/2015 Michelle White
CD Leslie Cartaya Lesliecartaya No Pares - (Independent Release) Released 2012.12.05

"No Pares" is Leslie Cartaya's debut solo project. Many listeners know of her work with Miami's Afro-Cuban Funk band Palo!; her solo project features her in a wide range of styles and genres from the traditional to the now. This has been nominated for the Best New Artist Category in the 14th Latin GRAMMY Awards

03/05/2013 Bill Tilford
CD/DVD César López y Habana Ensemible Cesarlopezlive César López & Habana Ensemble Live (Bis Music) - Released 2013

One of the very best Jazz combos in Cuba today in a CD/DVD combination package of a live concert in Havana in 2012. The music, audio and video are all superb. This was nominated for a Cubadisco in the Jazz Cubano category in 2014 and received a Cubadisco for best Live Recording.

07/31/2014 Bill Tilford
CD Alfredo Chacon Magicplacecoversmall Magic Place - (Independent Release) Released 2011

Fans of Weather Report and Grupo Afrocuba will enjoy this eclectic recording, which was nominated for a Cubadisco award in Jazz in 2013. Although Alfredo Chacon is a vibraphonist, this is more than just a vibraphone album.

05/22/2013 Bill Tilford
CD Charanga Habanera Charangalight2_100 Charanga Light 2 - (Blue Night Entertainment) Released 2013.05.15

The album shows that musicians in Cuba can perform other styles quite effectively and regular fans of CH should not despair.

06/06/2013 Bill Tilford
CD David Calzado & Charanga Habanera Charanga_habanera_-_se_sufre_pero_se_goza_frontsmall Se Sufre Pero Se Goza - (EGREM) Released 2013.11.09

Charanga Habanera returns with a rousing Timba album that should appeal to its original fan base.

01/11/2014 Bill Tilford
CD Charanga Habanera Ch_td_front Tremendo Delirio - (Inspector de la Salsa) - Released 1997

By 1997, the Timba scene in Havana had reached the flash point. The innovations of NG La Banda and Charanga Habanera had been embraced and assimilated by a new generation of musicians and an exciting array of new groups had emerged... In the heady days of 1997, Timba was surging forward with dizzying momentum, and in the eye of that storm, in an atmosphere of tremendo delirio, the original Charanga Habanera released their eagerly-anticipated fourth album. Neither they nor anyone else would have dreamed that it would also be their last.

05/28/2002 Kevin Moore
CD Charanga Habanera 00_cover Pa' que se entere La Habana - (Inspector de la Salsa) - Released 1995

By 1995 Charanga Habanera and their second album, Hey You Loca, had become a major sensation in Havana. Their concerts were packed with young "Charangueros" who danced and dressed as they did and knew all of their songs, each of which became, in rapid succession, a huge radio hit. With the band's popularity reaching "mania" proportions....

07/28/2002 Kevin Moore
Concert Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Scenesfromlifesmall Scenes From Life: Cuba!

An excellent collaboration between the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and ISA. Hopefully this will evolve into an expanded, continuous exchange between the musical communities of Chicago and Havana.

11/18/2015 Bill Tilford
CD Gerardo Contino Jpeg Somos Latinos

Former NG La Banda vocalist Gerardo Contino brings his band of A-list musicians into the studio to create his first solo album. The result is an explosive Timba paragon with state of the art instrumental work throughout.

06/16/2014 Ian Stewart
CD Gema Corredera Derremando_luzsmall Derramando Luz (GC Music LLC) Released 2013.01.11

This beautiful and unique album is a rarity: a modern Filin recording released in the United States. It features stellar vocalist Gema Corredera with many of New York's Cuban Jazz elite. It was nominated for a Cubadisco award (Contemporary Song) in 2013.

04/01/2014 Bill Tilford
CD Gema Corredera Coverfeelingmartasmall Feeling Marta - (GC Music LLC) - Released 2015.10.05

Gema Corredera's second solo project is a powerful tribute to Marta Valdés.

09/13/2015 Bill Tilford
CD Cuban Salsa All Stars Tumbabailasmall Tumbao pal bailador - (Cubamusic) Released 2012

A "Cuban Salsa All Star" project with a massive cast of musicians including Betty y su Proyecto Tiempo, Lesmer Solenzar, Laritza Bacallao, Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor, Alexander Abreu, Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco, El Indio, Tania Pantoja and Pedrito Calvo.

05/10/2013 Bill Tilford
CD Cubana All Stars Cubana_all_starssmall A Dream Come True - (Viva Combo Music) Released 2012

A massive (40 musicians) all-star project recorded in Havana with alternate takes of various modern Cuban dance hits.

12/19/2012 Bill Tilford
CD Voces D'Aida Voces_d_aidalsmall Voces D'Aida - (EGREM) Released 2009

This 4-CD anthology of the legendary quartet plus subsequent solo recordings by its members won Cubadisco awards in Música de Archivo and Liner Notes, has wonderful music, excellent new digital audio and, best of all, it includes a well-done booklet in both Spanish and English along with the CDs.

01/15/2014 Bill Tilford
CD Angel d'Cuba Angelcdweb Heritage - (Independent Release) Released 2012.03.28

Angel d'Cuba sang with a few groups including Mezcla back in Cuba. This is his debut solo album in the United States featuring mostly his own compositions and an eclectic variety of styles including a Funk Mozambique version of Can't Hide Love.

03/25/2012 Bill Tilford
CD Dafnis Prieto Big Band Dpbb_coversmall Back to the Sunset - (Independent) - Released 2017

ENGLISH: Dafnis Prieto's new project, the Dafnis Prieto Big Band, proves that all those who keep trying to write the obituary for new, creative big band music need to throw their crayons in the trash, shut up, and listen. Big bands live, and they are still doing new and exciting things.
ESPAÑOL: El nuevo proyecto de Dafnis Prieto, el Dafnis Prieto Big Band, muestra que todos los que intentan escribir el obituario de la música nueva y creativa de big band deben tirar sus lápices de colores en la basura, callarse y escuchar. Las grandes bandas todavía viven, y todavía hacen cosas nuevas y emocionantes.

06/30/2018 Bill Tilford