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

Latin Jazz CDs: Paquito D’Rivera and Tito Puente

By Fernando Gonzalez Paquito D’Rivera and the Pablo Aslan Ensemble Tango Jazz Live At The Lincoln Center (Paquito Records) Cuban reedman Paquito D’Rivera has been a leader in exploring the possibilities of Latin American styles in a jazz context. He had already whetted his appetite for some kind of jazz tango fusion in his 2007… Read More Latin Jazz CDs: Paquito D’Rivera and Tito Puente

Live World Music: Maria Volonte at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc

By Don Heckman Maria Volonte’s name may not be immediately familiar, even though she has received a Latin Grammy nomination, won a Carlos Gardel Prize and released six CDs.  Fortunately, the Argentine singer/songwriter/guitarist’s move to the Bay area two years ago has brought more attention to her intriguing style.  But she still has far lower… Read More Live World Music: Maria Volonte at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc