Playing tracks by
Poncho Sanchez,Terence Blanchard, Harold Lopez Nussa , Roberto Fonseca, Jerry Gonzalez y Commando de la Clave, Omara Portuondo y Chucho Valdes and more.
Just when the Recording Academy has nixed the Latin Jazz category at the Grammys, or maybe in spite of it, there are a bunch of new albums that fall into that category that deserve the kind of attention the Grammys potentially bring. The release of very personal, electric and often exquisite music makes a fierce rallying cry for the far-reaching genre of Latin jazz.
It’s just the right moment for veteran Poncho Sanchez and trumpeter Terence Blanchard to release their album “Chano y Dizzy” (Concord Picante), the recording celebrates the original “perfect combination”, the historic pairing of Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo.
Also in this mix: Cuban pianist Harold Lopez Nussa, Michel Camilo “Mano a Mano” with Charles Flores and Giovanni Hidalgo, Roberto Fonseca, flute player Orlando “Maraca” Valle and his Latin Jazz Allstars, Sammy Figueroa, and the classy pairing of Omara Portuondo and Chucho Valdes.
Hot off the platter: Latin Jazz lives!