New CD Review: Luis Muňoz “VOZ” (Pelin Music)

By Devon Wendell Costa Rican composer and percussionist Luis Muňoz is one of the most vibrant and dedicated Latin jazz artists on the scene today. His new album VOZ is an obvious labor of love which fuses Brazilian jazz, and “crossover” pop. But there’s a refreshing purity about VOZ. Muňoz is joined by special guests:… Read More New CD Review: Luis Muňoz “VOZ” (Pelin Music)

Jazz With An Accent: CDs by The Dino Saluzzi Group, Carlos Franzetti and Ruben Blades

By Fernando Gonzalez The Dino Saluzzi Group El Valle de la Infancia (ECM) The bandoneón, a button squeezebox, might have been born in Germany as a poor man’s harmonium for religious services, but found its calling, and reached global recognition, in tango, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, half a world away. But bandoneonist Dino Saluzzi was… Read More Jazz With An Accent: CDs by The Dino Saluzzi Group, Carlos Franzetti and Ruben Blades

Christmas CDs: Tim Warfield, New York Voices, Jonathan Butler, Karrin Allyson

Of Spirits Bright  By Brian Arsenault The feast of Holiday music this year is as abundant as Tiny Tim’s Christmas table. After Scrooge woke up and saw the light, of course. Here are four shining stars to guide us home to Christmas. Tim Warfield Tim Warfield’s Jazzy Christmas (Undaunted Music) Tim and a whole bunch… Read More Christmas CDs: Tim Warfield, New York Voices, Jonathan Butler, Karrin Allyson

CD Review: TriBeCaStan’s “New Songs From the Old Country”

TriBeCaStan New Songs From the Old Country (Evergreene Music) By Brian Arsenault I’m a bit late getting to this gem and it is one. A rare gem that perhaps could only come out of New York — especially the “TriangleBelowCanalSt.” — where there is as much diversity as just about anywhere in the world. Diversity… Read More CD Review: TriBeCaStan’s “New Songs From the Old Country”

Brian Arsenault’s Short Takes: CDs by Lunasa and Olivia Foschi

Of Music Beyond Ireland and Back to Italy By Brian Arsenault LÚNASA  Lúnasa with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (Lúnasa Records) Up the Irish. Up the rebels. I always used to like my cousin’s husband bellowing those calls to rising first thing in the morning. To get your dose of real Irish instrumental music with St.… Read More Brian Arsenault’s Short Takes: CDs by Lunasa and Olivia Foschi