Ezra Gale

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  • 11 years ago | Reviews

    Bonga Kuenda, the politically outspoken Angolan athlete turned pop star, hasn't changed much since his music career began in the Seventies. His voice is still endearingly raspy, his lyrics still speak of the heartbreak his country continues to end...

  • 12 years ago | Reviews

    Although his name is not as heralded as Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, or Fort Apache Band founders Jerry and Andy Gonzalez, New York-based trombonist Papo Vazquez is as central to the development of Latin jazz as any of those legendary figures. The...

  • 12 years ago

    Fado, that singular strain of balladry that is to Portugal what samba is to Brazil and tango is to Argentina, isn't exactly mainstream music here in the United States. It is a centuries-old tradition marked by the delicate murmur of the twelve-str...

  • 13 years ago | Reviews

    Yusa's debut CD points to a Cuban singer/songwriter genre that doesn't fit snugly within either the romantic strains of the Buena Vista Social Club orbit or the confines of modern salsa. Juan Carlos Formell's last couple of albums pointed to this ...

  • 13 years ago | Reviews

    Miles Davis's electric period -- roughly from 1969 until 1975 and then from 1981 to his death in 1991 -- hasn't received the kindest treatment from the jazz cognoscenti. Ken Burns's lavish PBS documentary Jazz roundly dismissed Miles's later years...

  • 13 years ago | Reviews

    It's a sign of the times that Eddie Palmieri's new La Perfecta II is both a joyous return to the enormously influential format of his late 1960s band, La Perfecta, and an unfortunate reminder of how boring most of today's salsa really is. While mu...

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