Record Rack: Salsa De La Bahia, Mark Dresser Quintet, Fred Fried and Core

Of Body, Mind and Heart By Brian Arsenault Body  Salsa De La Bahia: (Patois Records) A Collection of SF Bay Area Salsa and Latin Jazz Maybe this remarkable album should be reviewed by a Spanish speaker. But maybe not. The music is universal even if you dance like an awkward gringo (present) or don’t dance… Read More Record Rack: Salsa De La Bahia, Mark Dresser Quintet, Fred Fried and Core

Live Jazz: The Alfredo Rodriguez Trio at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etcJ

By Don Heckman Alfredo Rodriguez returned to Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. Tuesday night, more than a year after he made his first memorable appearance at the Bel Air venue.  And the performance was an impressive display of how far he has come in that brief, intervening time. Reviewing that first performance in August, 2009, I praised… Read More Live Jazz: The Alfredo Rodriguez Trio at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etcJ

Latin Jazz CD: Issac Delgado’s “L.O.V.E.”

By Fernando Gonzalez Issac Delgado L-O-V-E (Calle 54) Well before the concept of “crossover” became a commonplace in music marketing, Nat “King” Cole and his Honduras-born, Spanish-speaking manager, Carlos Gastel made a bold move to expand Cole’s fan base by recording an album of songs from the Latin repertoire — in Spanish. Some of the… Read More Latin Jazz CD: Issac Delgado’s “L.O.V.E.”

Live Jazz: The Arturo Sandoval Big Band at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Tony Gieske Arturo Sandoval opened his second set at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. Tuesday night with an astonishing trumpet passage, his sound wider and deeper than the 90 miles of sea between his native Cuba and the littorals of Key West. He approached the melody notes of “The Man I Love” over a frothy path… Read More Live Jazz: The Arturo Sandoval Big Band at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.