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The Latin Jazz genre at JMA is a catch all genre for jazz bands that use Latin rhythms, but do not fit our Bossa Nova or Afro Cuban genres. Many of the bands listed here mix rhythms from Brazil, Cuba, Central America and Africa in ways that are not always easy to categorize or define.

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ASTOR PIAZZOLLA Tango: Zero Hour / Nuevo Tango: Hora Zero Album Cover Tango: Zero Hour / Nuevo Tango: Hora Zero
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MILTON NASCIMENTO Minas Album Cover Minas
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MILTON NASCIMENTO Milton Nascimento & Som Imaginario ‎: Milagre Dos Peixes (Gravado Ao Vivo) Album Cover Milton Nascimento & Som Imaginario ‎: Milagre Dos Peixes (Gravado Ao Vivo)
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MILTON NASCIMENTO Courage Album Cover Courage
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CAL TJADER Cal Tjader-Stan Getz Sextet Album Cover Cal Tjader-Stan Getz Sextet
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CAL TJADER La Onda Va Bien Album Cover La Onda Va Bien
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GATO BARBIERI Chapter Four: Alive in New York Album Cover Chapter Four: Alive in New York
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CAL TJADER Cal Tjader's Latin Concert Album Cover Cal Tjader's Latin Concert
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TAIGUARA Canções De Amor E Liberdade

Album · 1983 · Latin Jazz
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There is a reason why I have a great admiration for Taiguara. The past albums are great, and he is a superb musician, but its in his last two works that his political voice gain more sound and reverberation.

"Canções de Amor e Liberdade" (Songs of Love and Freedom), is the kind of album that shows an ageing musician dealing with themes new and old, in a new way. He gave attention both to more traditional tecniques as to a great bit of improvisation and experimentation. The whole album is filled with a communist reading of brazilian and latinamerican reality, as Taiguara were, by 1983, already in touch with Karl Marx and Lenin works, besides becoming a comrade of the communist leader Luiz Carlos Prestes.

The interesting is that his music is not "affected" by his politics: its accesible yet bold; popular yet scholar. As great music should be.

TAIGUARA Imyra, Tayra, Ipy - Taiguara

Album · 1976 · Latin Jazz
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Contextualization is necessary: ​​in the late sixties, Taiguara was seen as one of the biggest names in Brazilian popular music. He have won festivals, their albums sold well, their songs were reproduced constantly in the radios. Over time, Taiguara was fond of singing more freely, allowing himself to make small comments about the military dictatorship and the dreams of a new society - all in metaphors and innuendos. In 1971, in the album "Carne e Osso", there was a song dedicated to Cuba. The Brazilian censorship never left Taiguara rest for then on. In the following years, more than 60 songs would be prohibited, censored, or prevented from being reproduced in radio and concerts. His shows were constantly attacked by police forces. Taiguara decided to go on exile. In England, he records an album with Michel Legrand and the London Symphonic Orchestra. The album is banned from being released in England by the Brazilian government - today the original tapes have not yet been found. In 1975 he was allowed to return to Brazil and record a new album.

How? How to express his indigenous roots, his displeasure with censorship and dictatorship and his dream for another society without censorship attacking him? "Imyra, Tayra Ipy" is born.

With Wagner Tiso, Hermeto Pascoal and more than 80 musicians, "Imyra, Tayra Ipy" becomes a lavish album, absurdly complex, with thematic and concept from start to finish. The arrival in Brazil, his feeling of belonging to a land whose birds do not sing anymore; its indigenous, African and Spanish roots sung, while more than 3 musicians solo at the same time. "Imyra, Tayra Ipy" is a landmark of both the artist and Brazilian music. Albums like this were not usually recorded in Brazil: by technical and financial condition to gather all the attributes. "Imyra, Tayra Ipy" grandeur comes, often in the album, in its ability to completely subvert brazilian songs and themes in something completly different. One of the best example is his reading of "Aquarela do Brasil" in the track "Aquarela de um país na lua".

The result? Three days later, the Brazilian police collected the album form the shelves of the stores and destroyed the copies. Taiguara went into exile in Europe and Africa and would record again only almost ten years later.

But no matter, the song has come to us, we have the opportunity to see an artist who used the music to take revenge on a system, whith strings, drums and highly dreamy lyrics.

The Taiguara of the following decades would be extremely bold and would definitely drop the metaphors to reach his political ideas in a direct form.

ROGER DAVIDSON Oração Para Amanhã (Prayer For Tomorrow)

Live album · 2017 · Latin Jazz
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Frenchman Roger Davidson (piano) and his trio of Eduardo Belos (bass) and Adriano Santos (drums), have been joined on this release by Hendrik Meurkens who provides two quite different musical embellishments by providing harmonica and vibraphone. Recorded live at the Zinc Bar in NYC last year, this collection of twelve new songs shows Roger combining his love of both jazz and Brazilian music, in a way that is both fresh and interesting. When someone has been so involved in these cultures for as many years as Roger, it perhaps isn’t surprising that the joining together of the two is seamless and faultless. He has a deft touch on the piano, and given that he has studied both orchestral and choral conducting it is also of no great shock that the arrangements are perfect for the occasion.

This is music that is living and breathing, each musician providing the others with the room they need to provide support to the main theme or to solo and improvise, whatever is right for the moment. It is laid back and reflective, music to get lost inside of, but even though the tempo may be often languid and the notes and chords meandering gently through the sun-kissed meadow, it is always something to be immersed in and never something that is boring. Beautiful and delicate, a joy from start to finish with South American inflections and tones that set this style of jazz apart.

SOCRATES GARCIA Back Home

Album · 2016 · Latin Jazz
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Socrates Garcia is the Director of Music Technology at the University of Northern Colorado, and a long time participant in the music industry as a composer, arranger, keyboardist and guitarist. Despite a lengthy and successful career, Garcia has released only a couple of albums; a fusion album in 2005 called “Suenos”, and this year’s Latin big band extravaganza, “Back Home”. For someone who does not put out many records, Garcia certainly decided to aim high on “Back Home”. Ambitious to say the least, this CD seeks to incorporate rhythms from Garcia’s native Dominican Republic into massive big band charts that include a multi-movement three part suite. Big bands that utilize Afro-Cuban rhythms are somewhat common, but big bands working with Dominican forms are far less common. The Cuban influence can be felt here, especially in the montuno style figures in the piano and horn charts, but the base rhythms are mostly based on Dominican styles, such as the steady thump of the merengue, and the more syncopated bachata.

It’s a stellar band that Garcia has assembled here, with many of the musicians, particularly the percussionists, hailing from the Dominican Republic. Garcia’s complex arrangements tend to dominate the proceedings, but there is still room for some hot solos. One of the best solos appears on the opening track on which pianist Manuel Tejada unleashes a jaggedy Eddie Palmieri influenced assault on the ivories. Unfortunately this is Tejada’s only lengthy solo, it would have been nice to hear more from him. Other hot spots include Brad Goode’s screaming trumpet on “Bachata for Two”, Goode is definitely comfortable in the upper registers, and Wil Swindler’s high speed turn on the soprano sax on the album closer. Another album highlight happens on “Homage to Tavito”, on which classic bebop horn arrangements dance on top of a driving merengue beat, a fusion that really clicks.

Much of this album represents Garcia’s attempts to recollect musical fragments based on childhood memories of Dominican culture. “Back Home” presents a long journey and a lifetime labor of love for Garcia, and the amount of work he put into the arrangements reflects that respect and devotion. The icing on the cake is the sound and production, this album sparkles like a big shiny new automobile, everything is crystal clear and larger than life.

PAQUITO D'RIVERA Tico! Tico!

Album · 1989 · Latin Jazz
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Ever since defecting from his native Cuba in 1968 due to the musical constraints placed upon him, PAQUITO D’RIVERA has been dazzling the world with his unique clarinet and saxophone playing thus winning all kinds of awards including a dozen Grammy’s and has taken the Latin jazz world by storm. It wasn’t until i was exposed to a Chesky Records Jazz sampler that i was personally introduced to his talents. The effervescent and upbeat swinging Cuban grooves of the track TICO TICO that was from the album of the same name blew all the other tracks on the sampler away and i was an instant fan which inevitably led me to find the album from which the track was lifted. TICO TICO was D’RIVERA’s debut release for Chesky Records and would launch his career into the ears of a Latin music starved public eager to consume the tropical musical fruits of the warm Caribbean isle separated from most of the world since the revolution of 1959.

Lo and behold, the album TICO TICO (the word ‘tico’ in Spanish refers to a Costa Rican) came into my hands when i was finding a new appreciation for pure Latin jazz outside the parameters of the rock fusion efforts of Santana and others. While i was expecting an album of similar upbeat and jovial exuberance that is heard on the title track, i was pretty much treated to a much more diverse array of Latin jazz gems that ran the gamut of Spanish classical guitar, Afro-Latin swing, salsa, funk and hard bop all interspersed with Western classical touches of sophistication. Right from the get go on the beginning track “Danza Caracteristica” (Typical Dance) we are blown away by a classical guitar workout that would make Segovia proud followed by a magical cauldron of a hard bop drive, New Orleans style clarinet gymnastics and Latin jazz sprightliness intermingled with creative and ear-pleasing melodies.

On board is a team of 10 musicians trading off their retrospective contributions on various tracks lending a totally diverse feel to the album as the caffeinated energy-fueled workouts cede to more contemplative and subdued ballads as heard on tracks like “Añorado Encuentro” (Yearned-for Meeting” with sultry sax solos accompanying bebopping bass lines, Latin percussion and the tinkling keys of the piano. D’RIVERA’s virtuosity on both the clarinet and tenor sax guarantees a richness devoid of many a Latin jazz album that more often than not fall into the one-dimensional zones of traditional Cuban sons, rumbas, mambos or boleros. While upon first listening to this overlap of styles and genres, it completely threw me off as i was not expecting the seamless fusionist approach of integrating Western classical with American jazz and Latin traditionals and i was in the end humbled by the fact that it works so well together, a true cocktail of conquest that triumphantly declares independence from any of the individual genres upon which this type of music could be pigeon-holed into the ranks of.

As the listener soaks in the tropical delights dished out by guitarists Fareed Haque and Romero Lubambo effortlessly weaving their textured timbres into the wind virtuosity of D’RIVERO and piano sensations of Danilo Perez, which create a musical tension, it is gracefully kept in balance by a steadfast percussive and rhythmic drive. Bassist David Fink in cahoots with the drumming skills of Mark Waller and Portinho tame the wilder aspects of the music which sometimes feel like horses chomping at the bit to run around the track leaving the rest of the band in the dust. As the music can prove a little disorienting upon first listen as the musicians somehow wend and wind their respective parts into a greater whole that places firm emphasis on an overall melodic arc that is composed of stunning bits and pieces of musical maestrohood, they redeem themselves by keeping it all together in total harmony like a flock of birds flying together in perfect unison. As many pleasantries can be gleaned from TICO TICO, it still seems a tad bloated as a whole and could have used a bit of trimming in the editing department as the tracks near the end offer hints of redundancy that may have been better nixed in the editing room. Nitpicking aside, TICO TICO remains an outstanding example of Latin jazz all gussied up with all kinds of musical jewels awaiting a night on the town for a rip roaring musical fête du jour that leaves the listener intoxicated and wanting more. Good stuff.

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