CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2006 |
Cuban percussionist Miguel "Anga" Diaz, an acclaimed conga master who perfected a dazzling five-drum technique with a versatility that allowed him to span genres from progressive jazz to traditional Afro-Cuban standards, has died. He was 45. Diaz, who was also a composer and arranger, suffered a heart attack Wednesday at his home in San Sadurni d'Anoia, a small town east of Barcelona, where he had recently moved in search of a more serene lifestyle.
June 22, 2006 |
WITH his legs moving like a sprinter in slow motion and his hands thumping various parts of his body, Keith Terry starts the groove with a series of sharp heel clicks, chest thumps, foot stomps and thigh slaps. He's joined by Steve Hogan, the master human beat-boxer who ornaments the rhythm with a stuttering figure, then locks in on Terry's swinging syncopation.
May 16, 2003 |
It's probably a tossup whether drummer Bill Bruford is as well known to jazz fans as he is to followers of such British art-rock groups as King Crimson and Yes. Which is a bit hard to understand, since he has been leading the adventurous jazz ensemble Earthworks since the late '80s, receiving consistently laudatory reviews for both its live and recorded outings. "It's mystifying," says Bruford, who performs with Earthworks tonight through Sunday at Catalina Bar & Grill.
January 2, 2005 |
Call me irresponsible. At least that's the line from the song that came to my mind looking back at a full list of the jazz and world music albums released in 2004. But irresponsibility isn't the problem. The truth is that so many CDs are coming down the pike that it's virtually impossible to give equal attention to every deserving disc. So, in retrospect, here are a few that didn't make the original cut but should not be overlooked.
January 25, 2002 |
It's been an interesting, if somewhat enigmatic, week for jazz. Good news and bad news arrived in tandem. On the upside, SFJAZZ announced an impressive series of events for its spring season in San Francisco. In addition, an executive turntable shift at the Verve Group placed Ron Goldstein in the position of chief executive, with Tommy LiPuma continuing as group chairman.
May 13, 2001 |
It's time to take another look to the south--toward a steaming caldron of music that seems to produce an unlimited variety of jazz flavors. Cuba is at the epicenter, but ingredients come from around the Caribbean and beyond. Here are a few hot offerings: * *** Jess "Chucho" Valdes, "Solo--Live in New York," Blue Note.
July 25, 2002
General Categories Record of the year: "La Negra Tiene Tumbao," Celia Cruz (Sergio George, producer; Jon Fausty, engineer-mixer); "Mentira," La Ley (Humberto Gatica & Kenny O'Brien, producers; Humberto Gatica, Cristian Robles & Eric Shilling, engineers-mixers); "Se Me Olvido," Gian Marco (Emilio Estefan Jr.
June 26, 2005 |
If you come to Barcelona for its nightlife, jet lag will be your friend. At midnight when bands are tuning up, a traveler on L.A. time will be wide awake. And in the hours before dawn, when clubs crackle with pulsing electronica or inventive flamenco fusions, you'll feel as though the night's still young. In this city where the sun rises over the Mediterranean and Saturday night fever lasts all week, locals joke that if partygoers get home before 4 a.m., they probably didn't have a good time.
January 8, 2003
General Field Record of the Year: "A Thousand Miles," Vanessa Carlton (Ron Fair, producer; Tal Herzberg, Jack Joseph Puig and Michael C.