CD Jazz Review: “Frankly” by Paquito Hechavarria

Paquito Hechavarría Frankly (Calle54/Sony Music) By Fernando Gonzalez You may not know who he is, but you have heard Miami-based Cuban pianist Francisco “Paquito” Hechavarría. He´s the one who played the exacting, driving tumbao (a repeated  pattern) in Gloria Estefan’s monster hit “Conga.” And well before that he played on Mongo Santamaría´s classic Our Man… Read More CD Jazz Review: “Frankly” by Paquito Hechavarria

Jazz Live: The Bob Sheppard Quartet Upstairs at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman When saxophonist Bob Sheppard was offered a gig at Vitello’s upstairs room in Studio City Wednesday night, his first reaction was to pass on it.  “Who shows up at a jazz supper club a couple of nights before Christmas?” he thought.  But he took the gig anyhow, and was pleasantly surprised –… Read More Jazz Live: The Bob Sheppard Quartet Upstairs at Vitello’s

CDs: More Songs of the Holidays

By Don Heckman Blackmore’s Night “Winter Carols” (Minstrelhall Music) Richie Blackmore of Deep Purple, along with his partner, singer Candice Night, have created a rich, colorful holiday portrait, using electric guitar, period instruments, soaring vocals and multi-layered instrumental textures.  The songs range from classic carols to a new song, “Christmas Eve,” and the Rednex’ “Wish… Read More CDs: More Songs of the Holidays