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Snowboy & The Latin Section – New York Afternoon | Album Review | Top of the World

Posted on April 9th, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

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Words by Mark Sampson

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Proof that the Section rules Europe’s Afro-Cuban roost

Any momentary disquiet on hearing guest vocalist Marc Evans’ lounge-lizard take on the title-track was quickly dispelled by what follows. DJ and conguero Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove’s refined taste defines his 16th album and even this initial revival of the old jazz-dance classic grows more endearing with each listen.

It’s easy to see why his Latin Section is billed as Europe’s leading Afro-Cuban jazz group. This is authentic top-notch stuff: nine tracks divided nicely into three with Latin vocals (sung with real distinction by drummer and timbalero, Davide Giovannini); three with English vocals (including two by Bostonian singer-songwriter Jen Kearney, that sound remarkably like songs in the key of Stevie Wonder); and three instrumentals.

The band really stretches out on a stonking version of Edmundo Ros’ evergreen ‘Olé Mambo’ and an extended jam on the finale, ‘The Triple Bluff’, redolent of Eddie Palmieri’s great Nuyorican outfits of the 1960s and 70s. Indeed, with prominent organ, electric piano and big beefy baritone sax, there’s a lovely retro New York feel throughout. Above all, this outfit cooks like a band of Masterchef professionals. Snowboy’s first release on his own eponymous label serves up a very spicy salsa.

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Top of the World May 2016: The best new releases

Posted on April 1st, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the May (#117) issue.

Konono No 1 & Batida
Konono No 1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs)

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Five years since their last album, the innovative Grammy-winning group Konono No 1 are back and are joined by Portuguese-Angolan DJ Batida on this hypnotising collaborative effort.

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Snowboy & The Latin Section
New York Afternoon (Snowboy Records)


With an illustrious discography going back to the late 80s, conguero Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove and his group release their first album on his eponymous label.

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Astar (Breabach Records)

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Scottish group Breabach return with a new album packed full of global musical influences from their travels. A mix of original compositions and covers, Astar exhibits a new, exciting direction.

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La Yegros
Magnetismo (Soundway Records)

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Argentinian nu cumbia singer La Yegros is accompanied by some noteworthy guests on her commanding and rhythmical sophomore album.

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Michael Messer’s Mitra
Call of the Blues (Knife Edge Records)

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Michael Messer’s Mitra transform Mississippi blues songs with Hindustani sensitivities for a delightful project that was mostly recorded live.

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Kris Drever
If Wishes Were Horses (Reveal Records)


A solo album from Lau’s Kris Drever, this showcases what may be Drever’s best work yet, with insightful lyrics penned against a backdrop of warm instrumentation.

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Veretski Pass with Joel Rubin
Poyln: A Gilgul (Golden Horn Records)


Traditional Polish and Jewish music are brought together and masterfully executed on a memorable album by Veretski Pass and Joel Rubin.

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Group Ekanzam
Every Song Has its End: Sonic Dispatches from Traditional Mali (Glitterbeat)

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The diverse nature of Malian traditional music is showcased across 12 tracks gathered by Bamako-based producer Paul Richard Chandler.



Lakou Mizik
Wa Di Yo (Cumbancha)


Lakou Mizik’s debut is a passionate tribute to the people and culture of Haiti. Formed in the aftermath of the country’s 2010 earthquake, the collective deliver a project of celebration and hope.

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Full Attack Band
1001 (Full Attack Band)


Argentinian saxophonist Alejandro Toledo leads a new life in a new band, one that showcases a firm strength, fervour and clear experience in their musical arrangements.

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