Latin Jazz Corner 003: Little Johnny Rivero Interview (Part 1), Rachel Therrien, Greg Diamond

by chipboaz on November 28, 2016

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Welcome to Episode #3 of the Latin Jazz Corner Podcast! We’ve had some amazing things happening over the past couple of weeks in the Latin Jazz world. I’ve started out the show this time around talking about some news. I did want to highlight one news item here – the Latin Jazz Corner site is back online! I’ve got some new content on there and I’m working on bringing much of the classic content from the past. I encourage you to visit the site regularly to check out the latest from the Latin Jazz world! You can find the site HERE.

Our featured track this week comes from the latest album by trumpet player Rachel Therrien, Pensamiento: Proyecto Colombia. Therrien hails from Canada, where she has established a strong career around jazz, with a deep connection to Latin music. Previously to releasing Pensamiento, Therrien has two fantastic albums that are worth checking out – Home Inspiration and On Track. For Pensamiento, Therrien collaborated with a collection of musicians from Colombia. Her work led to a wonderful combination of jazz and Colombian music; this is a direction that hasn’t been explored extensively, so it’s very intriguing. It’s also done very well – the musicianship is inspiring. We listen to “La Guagua,” an inspiring track that combines the two elements strongly.

You can find more information about Rachel Therrien at:
Her website

Are you a Latin Jazz musician with a new release? Want to share a track on the podcast? Send me a message and let me know!

In the spotlight segment of the show, I talk through my review of guitarist Greg Diamond’s outstanding new release Avenida Graham. There’s a lot of things I love about this album; it’s a mature statement across both Diamond’s composition and playing. I’ve been listening to Diamond since his 2008 release Dançando Com Ale, so it’s exciting to see his evolution. There’s a fine balance between risk taking by blending of stylistic norms and respect for tradition that emanates vividly throughout the album. We take some time to talk through many of the songs on the album, taking a listen to specific points in the music. It’s a nice taste of the excellent musicianship that you’ll hear on Avenida Graham. This is another fantastic release from Diamond, I highly recommend checking it out!

You can find out more about Greg Diamond at:
His Website

Have you listened to Avenida Graham? Or maybe you have some thoughts on another new release? Send me your opinions about the Latin Jazz that you’ve been listening to and I’ll share them on the next episode!

Our feature segment features part one of my interview with percussionist and bandleader Little Johnny Rivero, who recently released the fantastic album Music in Me on Truth Revolution Records. We spend time today digging into Rivero’s development as a percussionist, his first professional work on the New York salsa scene, and his time with Sonora Ponceña. It’s a great look at an important musician that has spent his early years supporting some of the greats from New York, Puerto Rico, and beyond.

You can get more information about Little Johnny Rivero at:
Little Johnny Rivero’s Website

Check out all of the albums from Little Johnny Rivero:

Music in Me

Vengo Echando Candela

I hope that you enjoyed the third episode of the podcast. I’ll be back soon with episode #4 which will feature part two of my interview with Little Johnny Rivero. Take this opportunity to pick up Music in Me, it’s a wonderful Latin Jazz album.

In the meantime, it would be great if you could take a minute to write a review of the podcast on iTunes. It makes a big difference in the visibility of the show, and ultimately, how much I can support Latin Jazz! You can write a review HERE.

As always, the most important thing to me is to create a resource that will support the musicians and fans around the world that keep Latin Jazz alive – if you’ve ideas, suggestions, or even compliments, send them my way! Thanks so much for listening, enjoy the show!

Check Out Recent LJC Podcasts:
Latin Jazz Corner Podcast 002: Brian Andres (Part 2), Will Jarvis, Mario Bauza
Latin Jazz Corner Podcast 001: Brian Andres (Part 1), Bill O’Connell, Chocolate

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