The first six months of the year have flown by, leaving us half way through another year of great music. We’ve been blessed with a large number of inspiring releases so far, with much more sitting in the horizon. Diversity has been a common thread throughout the first half of 2010 – we’ve heard recordings from masters and young artists alike, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian Jazz albums, Tango Jazz releases, and much more. That’s just accounting for the albums that have been reviewed here at LJC so far; recordings that deserve more attention from percussionist Annette Aguilar, mandolin player Hamilton de Holanda, pianist Aruán Ortiz, and much more are still sitting in the wings. In the near future, we’ll get access to even more new Latin Jazz from artists like trombonist Chris Washburne, drummer Craig Russo, trumpet player Gabriel Alegria, and more. 2010 has started off the second decade of the twenty-first century with a bang, giving hope that Latin Jazz will continue to thrive in the future.
With so much great music spinning around us lately, I’ve taken a moment to reflect upon 2010 Latin Jazz releases. These recordings represent the cream of the crop in the first half of 2010; they’re all worth a serious listen. If there’s something missing, leave it in the comments below, I’d love to hear what your favorites have been in 2010. Remember, this isn’t the end of the story either – we’ve still got six more months of inspiring Latin Jazz, so stay tuned and catch up with the latest and greatest here at LJC!
Rhythms And Reeds . . . A Tribute To The Master Duke Ellington, Henry Brun & The Latin Playerz
De La Habana A Nueva York, Bobby Carcassés
Second Chance, Hector Martignon
I’ll See You In Cuba, Pablo Menéndez & Mezcla
The Movement, El Movimiento
El Puente (The Bridge), Steve Pouchie
New York Encounter, Michael Simon
Timbasa, Mark Weinstein
Artists Incorporating Unique Influences From South America, Central America, and Spain
Tango Grill, Pablo Aslan
Oscar e Familia, Oscar Feldman
Dos Amantes, Kat Parra & The Sephardic Music Experience
Bien Sur!, Emilio Solla & The Tango Jazz Conspiracy
Yaoundé, Samuel Torres