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Review of Viento y Tiempo: Live at Blue Note Tokyo

Viento y Tiempo: Live at Blue Note Tokyo

Gonzalo Rubalcaba | Aymée Nuviola

Top Stop Music

Rating: ★★★★

In August 2019 the award-winning Cuban artists Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Aymée Nuviola teamed up to play six sold-out nights at...

Reviewed by Jane Cornwell in issue: November/2020

Review of Song to a Refugee

Song to a Refugee

Diana Jones

Proper Records

Rating: ★★★★

After five fine albums of Appalachian-tinged folk songs, Diana Jones felt too devastated by the horror of Trump’s election to...

Reviewed by Nigel Williamson in issue: November/2020

Review of Oye Mujer

Oye Mujer

Ladama

Top of the World

Six Degrees Records

Rating: ★★★★

Pan-American musicians have got more chance of creating peace and prosperity than the region’s politicians. Perhaps the latter can call...

Reviewed by Chris Moss in issue: November/2020

Review of Mente

Mente

Thiago Nassif

Gearbox

Rating: ★★★★

The Brazilian multi­instrumentalist Thiago Nassif has been active for around a decade, switching scenes from São Paulo to Rio de...

Reviewed by Martin Longley in issue: November/2020

Review of En Español

En Español

The Mavericks

Mono Mundo

Rating: ★★★

In the US, the Mavericks are packaged to the mainstream as a country band. They can play anything, from rockabilly...

Reviewed by Chris Moss in issue: November/2020

Review of Bichos

Bichos

Raúl Monsalve y los Forajidos

Top of the World

Olindo Records

Rating: ★★★★

In recent years a diasporic Venezuelan sound has reverberated around the world, thanks to artists such as Family Atlantica, Betsayda...

Reviewed by Russ Slater in issue: November/2020

Review of Fiddler’s Pastime

Fiddler’s Pastime

Bronwyn Keith-Hynes

Sugar Petunia Records

Rating: ★★★

The solo debut from award-winning bluegrass fiddler Keith-Hynes of Mile Twelve is not merely a showcase for her own prodigious...

Reviewed by Kevin Bourke in issue: November/2020

Review of Long Time Passing: Kronos Quartet and Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger

Long Time Passing: Kronos Quartet and Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger

Kronos Quartet

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Rating: ★★★

Three years ago Kronos Quartet released an album titled Folk Songs, a journey into Appalachian tradition featuring guest singers Sam...

Reviewed by Nigel Williamson in issue: November/2020

Review of I Like it Like That (A Mi Me Gusta Asi)

I Like it Like That (A Mi Me Gusta Asi)

Pete Rodriguez

Craft Latino

Rating: ★★★★

Pianist Pete Rodriguez is one of the pioneers of Nuyorican music – Puerto Rican musicians in New York City –...

Reviewed by Garth Cartwright in issue: November/2020

Review of Un Canto por México, Vol 1

Un Canto por México, Vol 1

Natalia Lafourcade

Top of the World

Sony Music Entertainment México

Rating: ★★★★

Mexican singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade is one of those superstars who makes the rest of us feel idle and talentless. She...

Reviewed by Chris Moss in issue: November/2020

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