Following in the footsteps of Ramón Montoya and Paco de Lucía, Catalan guitarist Juan Gómez "Chicuelo" is undoubtedly one of the best of his generation.
Celebrating the iconic composer, arranger, bandleader, pianist Carla Bley, the trio album Around Again fascinates as a quiet beauty of playful mystery and soulful contemplation.
Once again, we are left to measure just how resistant these superb melodies are to experimentation.
Everything Bassekou Kouyaté does celebrates Mother Earth. On the four strings of his n'goni, the ancestral lute of the griots (bards), the musician uses his new album Miri to write the dream of a reconciled Mali – dedicating the result to the late Kassé Mady Diabaté.