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1999 Stories by Ezra Gale

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  • Potaje

    published December 30, 1999

    While the linguistic and cultural legacies left by Spain in Cuba may be fairly obvious, the musical one is perhaps less so. Many of the complex... More >>

  • Rotations

    published December 23, 1999

    Tommy McCook Tribute to Tommy (Heartbeat) When Tommy McCook passed away in early 1998, so did the heart and soul... More >>

  • Pull Up the Roots

    published December 16, 1999

    "I'm moving to Europe because I want to be close to Africa," says pianist Omar Sosa over the phone from a Paris hotel room. The Cuban-born Sosa is... More >>

  • Rotations

    published December 16, 1999

    Frank Emilio Ancestral Reflections (Metro Blue/Blue Note) While Cuban pianist Frank Emilio hasn't benefited so far... More >>

  • Rotations

    published December 9, 1999

    Beck Golden Feelings (Sonic Enemy) Midnite Vultures (DGC) While the hype already has begun on Midnite... More >>

  • Bill Laswell

    published December 9, 1999

    Bill Laswell Imaginary Cuba (Wicklow) Your taste for Bill Laswell's collection and "reconstruction" of various Cuban... More >>

  • Rotations

    published December 2, 1999

    Various Artists Viva CuBop! Jazz the Afro-Cuban Way (CuBop) The fact that CuBop, the Latin jazz arm of the independent... More >>

  • Rotations

    published November 18, 1999

    Sizzla Be I Strong (VP) That Sizzla can lick a riddim like no one else was evident as early as 1994's Black... More >>

  • Rotations

    published October 14, 1999

    Zap Mama A Ma Zone (Luaka Bop/Virgin) Afro-European group Zap Mama has always refused to submit to the control of... More >>

  • Tropicalista Troubadour

    published September 23, 1999

    Ever since jazz saxophonist Stan Getz journeyed to Rio de Janeiro in 1963 to record with some then-little-known Brazilian musicians named Antonio... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published September 23, 1999

    On paper at least, Onda Sonora -- Red Hot + Lisbon, the latest Red Hot release to donate its proceeds to fund AIDS research, is a shaky... More >>

  • Rotations

    published September 2, 1999

    Cuban Roots Cuban Roots Revisited (Cubop) If Cuban Roots Revisited were simply a tip of the hat to an influential... More >>

  • Cuban Roots

    published September 2, 1999

    Cuban Roots Cuban Roots Revisited (Cubop) If Cuban Roots Revisited were simply a tip of the hat to an influential... More >>

  • Rotations

    published August 12, 1999

    Holy Modal Rounders Too Much Fun (Rounder) Some words of warning: If your idea of great '60s folk music is Peter, Paul,... More >>

  • Rotations

    published August 5, 1999

    Salif Keita Mama (Metro Blue) If you wanted to oversimplify the short history of Afro-pop into neat categories, it... More >>

  • Salif Keita

    published August 5, 1999

    Salif Keita Mama (Metro Blue) If you wanted to oversimplify the short history of Afro-pop into neat categories, it... More >>

  • Mocean Worker

    published July 22, 1999

    Drum and bass is a genre notable for its rhythmic innovation and an ever-changing cutting edge that seems to mutate with the week's latest... More >>

  • Rotations

    published July 15, 1999

    Eliades Ochoa y el Cuarteto Patria Sublime Illusion (Higher Octave Music) It isn't hard to find a silver lining in Buena Vista... More >>

  • Sworn to the Drum

    published June 24, 1999

    Percussionist Francisco Aguabella is emphatic when asked whether anyone else can perform the types of rhythms he has been playing since he came to... More >>

  • Rotations

    published June 10, 1999

    Vinicius Cantuaria Tucumo (Verve) Maybe Brazilians are just musically superior to the rest of us. It's food for thought not only... More >>

  • Rotations

    published June 3, 1999

    Carlinhos Brown Omelete Man (Metro Blue) Omelete Man, the wide-ranging new album by Brazilian singer and multi-instrumentalist... More >>

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