Category: Latin

Glue Trip – Glue Trip

Glue Trip – Glue Trip       novomundo: ‘Experimental and psychedelic pop of Lucas and Felipe comes from João Pessoa, capital of the Paraíba state in the Northeast of Brazil. Eight titles alternately hallucinogenic, bright, clammy. Eight ” trips ” matured in the saving twilight of Lucas’ s Home-Studio, apartemento 307. Little by little […]

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Rodrigo & Gabriela – re-Foc

Rodrigo & Gabriela – re-Foc       Thom Jurek: ‘While Rodrigo y Gabriela’s self-titled third album is an utter and complete joy to listen to — actually, it’s more of a riotous celebration — it’s more than difficult to describe exactly what they do. This Mexican guitar duo met while in a heavy metal […]

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Diana Krall – Quiet Nights

Diana Krall – Quiet Nights       ‘Stephen Thomas Erlewine’ Bossa nova is not unfamiliar to Diana Krall, but 2009’s Quiet Nights is her first record devoted to the gently swaying rhythm. Teaming up again with arranger Claus Ogerman, who last worked with Krall on 2001’s The Look of Love and who also frequently collaborated […]

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Santana – Santana III

Santana – Santana III Santana is the third studio album by Santana. The band’s second self-titled album, it is often referred to as III to distinguish it from the band’s 1969 debut album. The album was also known as Man with an Outstretched Hand. It was the third and last album by the Woodstock-era lineup, […]

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Paco De Lucia – Entre Dos Aguas

Paco De Lucia – Entre Dos Aguas       This is one of Paco de Lucia most poplar albums among modern Spanish guitar listeners. It’s also a great place to start listening to De Lucia as the CD offers samples form both new and traditional Flamenco, plus other Spanish rhythms. Eight themes from De […]

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Shakira – Pies Descalzos

      Jose F. Promis: ‘Shakira’s 1996 debut album, Pies Descalzos set the stage for one of the international community’s most celebrated and exciting stars. The album took a while to gain momentum, but once it did, the young chanteuse ascended to dizzying commercial heights that were only magnified with her more electrifying later […]

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Astrud Gilberto – A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness

Astrud Gilberto – A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness AMG Review: In 1966, the bossa nova craze was at a peak, and A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness marked a collaboration between two of its biggest stars — vocalist Astrud Gilberto, brought to fame by her classic rendition of “The Girl from Ipanema,” and organist Walter […]

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Getz – Gilberto

Getz – Gilberto AMG Review: One of the biggest-selling jazz albums of all time, not to mention bossa nova’s finest moment, Getz – Gilberto trumped Jazz Samba by bringing two of bossa nova’s greatest innovators — guitarist/singer João Gilberto and composer/pianist Antonio Carlos Jobim — to New York to record with Stan Getz. The results […]

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Deodato – Prelude

Deodato – Prelude AMG review: Prior to Prelude, Eumir Deodato was primarily known, if at all, as a tasteful, lyrical, bossa nova-based sometime arranger for the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Frank Sinatra, Wes Montgomery, and others. Enter Creed Taylor, who gave Deodato a chance to step out on his own as a pianist/leader, doing a […]

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Caetano Veloso – Transa

 Caetano Veloso – Transa AMG Review: Released in 1972, Caetano Veloso – Transa was recorded by Caetano Veloso during his exile in London, England, shortly before his return to Brazil. The sound of ’70s electric rock predominates, fused with Brazilian rhythms and percussion, berimbau sounds, and his own violão playing. Several lyrics in English, and […]

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Milton Nascimento – Minas

Milton Nascimento – Minas        Alvaro Neder: ‘Milton Nascimento – Minas is another of the must-have classic albums by Milton Nascimento. This CD reissue of the LP released in 1975 had a digital remastering in Abbey Road studios, London. The album opens with the wonderful “Minas” (Novelli), a tribute to all sacred music […]

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Astrud Gilberto – Jazz ‘Round Midnight

Astrud Gilberto – Jazz ‘Round Midnight AMG Review: More thematically-programmed than many of Verve’s compilations, the Jazz ‘Round Midnight series focuses on the quiet, romantic side of the label’s artists. Astrud Gilberto is a perfect match for this series. Her simultaneously childlike and alluring voice defines the quiet, romantic elements of the bossa nova style […]

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Santana – Santana

Santana – Santana Santana – Santana is the debut studio album by the San Francisco chicano rock group Santana released in 1969. It is a release of largely instrumental music, recorded by what was originally a purely free-form jam band. At the suggestion of manager Bill Graham, the band took to writing more conventional songs […]

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Pink Martini – Hey Eugene !

Pink Martini – Hey Eugene ! Pink Martini – Hey Eugene ! is the third full-length album from the band Pink Martini. It was released on May 15, 2007 by Pink Martini’s own record label, Heinz Records. The album is named after the track “Hey Eugene”, a fan favorite at the band’s live concerts. Hey Eugene! […]

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Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club is a studio album by Cuban bandleader and musician Juan de Marcos González and American guitarist Ry Cooder with traditional Cuban musicians, released September 16, 1997 on World Circuit Records. The album was produced by Cooder who travelled to Cuba to record […]

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Mano Negra – Casa Babylon

Mano Negra – Casa Babylon AMG review: Manu Chao’s road to Clandestino and Proxima Estación: Esperanza begins here with Mano Negra’s swan song album. Conceptually, Mano Negra – Casa Babylonmarks the first use of radio and TV broadcast samples to create sound collages between tracks so the songs emerge like they would if you were station […]

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Manu Chao – Clandestino

Manu Chao – Clandestino AMG review: The first solo album released by the former frontman of Mano Negra, Manu Chao – Clandestino is an enchanting trip through Latin-flavored worldbeat rock, reliant on a potpourri of musical styles from traditional Latin and salsa to dub to rock & roll to French pop to experimental rock to techno. […]

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