Words cannot proxy for the experience of knowingof seeing and hearing.
The loft that propels Afro-Cuban musica loping vibe buoying the percussive components, facetted choruses, and elegant ferocity of piano and horns that front an ensemblederives from the bass lines.
Celia Cruz, affectionately known as La Reina de Salsa, was a force of nature, an irreplaceable, once-in-a-generation female singer whose life and music echoed for over sixty years the trajectory of the Cuban Diasporas effect on Latin American and world culture.
Theres a strange magic about the years of toil, heartbreak, and humiliationbut only when you can look back on it all from higher ground.
Let me start off by saying in this, my second attempt at writing a column, that I have many friends and acquaintances who consider themselves jazz journalists or music critics, and that Im not one of them.
Portland, Oregon, may be crawling with bands lately, but at least there's usually an extra musician floating around when you need one. For former Pavement leader Stephen Malkmus, changing drummers in his current band, the Jicks, may have been the key to making their outstanding new album Real Emotional Trash.