A Look Back at

Laura Fernandez
Top CDs For 2008

Momentos Cubanos Luis Mario Ochoa
A fabulous collection of original compositions and traditional Cuban songs. Luis Mario’s arrangements and his incredible voice are sumptuous and sensual. His rendition of "Canto Siboney" is the most emotional and passionate I have ever heard! Features his new quintet, a fantastic team of great musicians including Hilario Duran and David Virelles, on piano, José Luis Torres on congas, Paco Luviano on bass and Luis Orbegoso on drums, timbales and background vocals!

The Latin Side Of Wayne Shorter Conrad Herwig
This is trombonist, arranger Conrad Herwig’s third installment in his Latin Side Series following interpretations of John Coltrane and Miles Davis. The Wayne Shorter original compositions are played beautifully and are very respectful to Wayne Shorter’s work. Recorded live at the Blue Note it features the brilliant talents of Eddie Palmieri on piano and Bryan Lynch on trumpet as well as Robby Ameen on drums and Ronnie Cuber on baritone sax.

Live at Carnegie Hall Buena Vista Social Club
Features the Buena Vista Social Club lineup including the gigantic piano talents of Ruben Gonzalez and the velvet voice of Ibrahim Ferrer and the charismatic Compay Segundo who composed the opening track "Chan Chan". This is not a regurgitation of the original CD but is a wonderful historical document that captures the spirit, passion and excitement that made the Buena Vista Social club such an important part of music history.

Live at the The Village Vanguard Bebo Valdes and Javier Colina
Another great live album featuring the elegant, lush and beautifully simple piano performance of one of the greatest pianists alive and his favorite bassist Javier Colina. Without even a rhythm section they create magic!

Parkdale Elizabeth Shepherd
Pianist Elizabeth Shepherd really shines here. Beautiful in the openness of the lyrics and the intimate piano treatments. Also features Scott Kemp on bass, Colin Kingsmore on drums, Roman Tome on percussion and William Sperandei on trumpet.

Encanto Sergio Mendes
Sergio Mendes in collaboration with Fergie, Will I Am , Herp Alpert and Natalie Cole. A very current, very contagious little offering!

Banda Larga Cordel Gilberto Gil
Fun, whimsical and very cool! Brazil’s former Minister of Culture and Grammy Award winner recently resigned to get back to his illustrious music career. This CD reflects his love affair with technology, electronics and new musical forms. A very catchy collection of tunes.

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