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2007 Stories by Ernest Barteldes

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  • Cyrus Chestnut

    published December 20, 2007

    It's hard to find anyone with a subtler touch on the keys than Maryland-born Cyrus Chestnut, who draws from both modern and traditional... More >>

  • Kurt Elling

    published November 29, 2007

    "Vocalese" is a jazz technique in which lyrics are added to instrumental tunes to convey a certain idea or feeling. Its origins can be... More >>

  • Caetano Veloso

    published November 22, 2007

    Throughout his four-decade career, Caetano Veloso has had a taste for musical innovation, keeping a keen eye on new sounds and tendencies while... More >>

  • Os Mutantes

    published November 22, 2007

    Though over the years there had been much speculation about an Os Mutantes reunion concert, such an event would not happen until almost 30... More >>

  • Chuck Loeb and Eric Marienthal

    published November 8, 2007

    This weekend, jazz fans who head out to Sandoval's will have a unique opportunity. Instead of listening to a sole bandleader doing his thing,... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published November 1, 2007

    On this mostly pan-Latin compilation, DJ Raul Campos, the host of Nocturna, a popular program on Santa Monica's KCRW-FM radio station,... More >>

  • Bubbling Over

    published October 25, 2007

    In the video for Barcelona-born Dani "Macaco" Carbonell's song "Sideral," a quote by Polish philosopher Stanislaw Jerzy Lec scrolls across the... More >>

  • Diane Schuur

    published October 18, 2007

    Once considered by saxophonist Stan Getz as the natural successor to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, the Tacoma, Washington-born singer... More >>

  • Puerto Plata

    published October 18, 2007

    Though the music on Mujer de Cabaret is arguably reminiscent of the Cuban Buena Vista Social Club, there are also clear elements... More >>

  • Yellowjackets

    published October 4, 2007

    "We enjoy each other as people; we get along and play music we love," Yellowjackets bassist and cofounder Jimmy Haslip says about the band's... More >>

  • Manu Chao

    published September 13, 2007

    Trying to define the work of Manu Chao — who has finally followed up on his 2001 disc, Próxima Estación: Esperanza,... More >>

  • The Cuban Cowboys

    published August 23, 2007

    This self-labeled "Cuban surf-rock" band has a curious history. A few years ago, Miami-born founder Jorge Navarro conducted academic research... More >>

  • Latin in Manhattan

    published July 26, 2007

    Once a year Latin alternative musicians — that is, those who don't play salsa, tango, bolero, or other regional beats — come... More >>

  • Arturo Sandoval

    published June 21, 2007

    After a number of adventuresome jazz albums on Blue Note, the Miami-based trumpeter returns to his pre-Irakere roots on this disc. These original... More >>

  • Samba School

    published June 7, 2007

    A jeep bumps along a desolate dirt road in the arid countryside of Pernambuco, Brazil. The dry landscape, part of the nation's poorest region, is... More >>

  • Bollywood Gold - Various Artists

    published May 17, 2007

    Although standout actress Aishwaria Rai's pretty face adorns the cover of the newly released Rough Guide to Bollywood Gold, the music... More >>

  • Bebel Gilberto

    published May 17, 2007

    Bebel Gilberto fans know better than to expect the sort of bossa nova plied by her father, Brazilian guitarist and singer João Gilberto.... More >>

  • Dulce Pontes

    published May 10, 2007

    Dulce Pontes An oral tradition that is passed on in the taverns and streets of Lisbon, Portugal, fado... More >>

  • Martirio

    published May 3, 2007

    Spanish-born Maria Quiñones created the persona of Martirio (which translates as "martyr") as an onstage alter ego, one who wears dark... More >>

  • Joe Chambers

    published April 19, 2007

    At age 63, Joe Chambers ranks as one of the most notable drummers and percussionists of his generation, and a staple of the venerable (and... More >>

  • Marion Meadows

    published April 12, 2007

    "A lot of people have found their way into learning about music through smooth jazz," saxophonist Marion Meadows observes of his chosen genre. "It... More >>

  • Francesca Ancarola

    published April 5, 2007

    Victor Jara was one of Chile's top folk composers, educators, and political activists until the time of his murder in 1973 during a military coup.... More >>

  • Brazilian Wax

    published March 29, 2007

    There must be something in the water of Brazil — the country produces a seemingly endless stream of innovative musicians. Maybe it has more... More >>

  • Gilberto Gil

    published March 29, 2007

    Forget the fiery performances that this Brazilian legend has staged in the past, backed by a big band playing reggae and samba. This time around,... More >>

  • Andy Narell

    published March 22, 2007

    There are certain instruments folks wouldn't ordinarily associate with jazz music, and the steel pan (used in soca and calypso) is on that list.... More >>

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