Author: George W. Harris

Benji Kaplan: Uai So

Brazilian composer Benji Kaplan presents 12 of his pieces with full arrangements in bands of various sizes. He sings and plays guitar as well, and Ben Kono’s conduction of the band makes for some rich textures and atmospheres. Lots of…

Livio Almeida: Action & Reaction

Tenor saxist Livio Almeida leads a post bop band of Vitor Goncalves/p, Eduardo Belo/b and Zack O’Farrill/dr through a collection of his well conceived originals. He’s got a thick tone, and uses it well on the Latin cooker “Sambasus” as…

Manu Katche’: Unstatic

Drummer Manu Katche’ must have wanted to be a brick layer in his youth, as he knows how to create a solid foundation on this collection of soulful and funky jazz pieces. The core band of Ellen Andrea Wang/b, Jim…

Bareto: Impredicle

Hailing from Peru, the band Bareto mixes Modern Indie sounds with electronics, ska,  reggae and pop.The members, Joaquín Mariátegui, Rolo Gallardo, Jorge Giraldo, Sergio Sarria, Jorge Olazo, Mauricio Mesones and  Miguel Ginocchio create exciting and electric sounds as they roll…