• Jazz,  Latin

    Tjader’s Cuban Fantasy

    Here’s some mokin’ hot latin jazz from a virtuoso of the vibes, Cal Tjader. I wasn’t familiar with Tjader until I heard his live Cuban Fantasy album sometime last year, but the man was a vital component of the Bay…

  • Latin,  Prince

    Prince y Grupo Fantasma

    AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill This past weekend in Pasadena, the National Council of La Raza’s ALMA Awards took place. Our very active little purple man was there, performing with 11-man Latin juggernaut Grupo Fantasma from Austin, Texas. Things…

  • Jazz,  Latin

    Airto and Flora in Telluride

    I just returned from a much needed vacation in one of the most beautiful spots on earth: Telluride, Colorado. That pic above is the view from my parents’ place. Not bad, eh? I timed my trip to coincide with the…

  • Acoustic,  Country Rock,  Latin

    Sunday Grab Bag 2

    Another random sampling of some music I’ve been particularly enjoying of late. Though a ton of artists have recorded this Boudleaux Bryant classic, I first heard Nazareth’s version as a kid, then the Everly Brothers (who did the original in…

  • Ambient,  Latin,  World

    Laswell’s Rhythmic Stew

    Tonight it’s all about atmospherics. I only own one Bill Laswell album: ‘Imaginary Cuba’. On top of that, Nick from Jazz and Conversation posted a great sample / podcast of his work a while back. So obviously I need to…

  • Latin

    Sad News from Havana

    RIP Ibrahim Ferrer. My wife and I were lucky enough to see Ibrahim and his large Cuban band at Gammage Auditorium (ASU) back in 2003. To get a better understanding of this angelic-voiced, gentle man, rent/buy Buena Vista Social Club;…

  • Latin

    Mana’s Revolucion Starts Now

    Mana is a mega-popular Latin American rock band whose roots go back to Guadalajara, Mexico, where they started out in the 70’s and 80’s performing under the name Sombrero Verde. Their self-titled debut as Mana was released in 1987. My…

  • Latin

    those green eyes

    A perfect song for a late Saturday night… the lights are low, there’s a few drops of wine left in the bottle, your eyes meet. You slowly walk closer to her. You sense excitement in the air as you approach…