Jazz With An Accent: Drummin’ Back Out Into the World — CDs by Arturo O’Farrill and Ginger Baker

By Fernando Gonzalez Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra The Offense of the Drum (Motema) Maestro Mario Bauzá — trumpeter, saxophonist and music director of Machito and His Afro- Cubans, direct link between Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo and a key figure in blending jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms — scoffed at the label Latin… Read More Jazz With An Accent: Drummin’ Back Out Into the World — CDs by Arturo O’Farrill and Ginger Baker

Here, There and Everywhere: The Jazz Grammy Nominations

by Don Heckman Well, they’re in, and they’re unlikely to excite anyone other than the folks who have received the nominations.  If this year’s round-up carries any overall message, it’s that jazz, at the moment, is seriously lacking a prophet.  Everything on this list is competent, professional, well-done and even, in some cases, a little… Read More Here, There and Everywhere: The Jazz Grammy Nominations