Manuel Pila

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  • 17 years ago | Music News

    The unrelenting glare of the hottest June on record pours through the clubhouse door framing the cloudless blue sky. It's still only morning, yet the temperature outside is nearly 90 degrees. So it's with irony that the somewhat unruly 19-piece bi...

  • 17 years ago | Music News

    The Cuban saxophonist with the trim, salt-and-pepper beard announces from the stage at O'Hara's on a recent Monday night that he is going to serenade his young wife. "I have played many arrangements of this song, but I'm going to play it for my wi...

  • 17 years ago | Music News

    The slinky, swingin' rockabilly of the Hep Cat Boo Daddies emerges from the open door of the Poor House in Fort Lauderdale on a recent Saturday night, drawing the attention of passersby. What is this mutant strain of full-throttle surf-blues? It s...

  • 17 years ago | Music News

    Robbie Robertson Contact From the Underworld of Redboy (Capitol Records) A haunting Native American song floats over a bed of tribal shakers and atmospheric keyboards. Sweet piano chords add harmonic dimensions to the simple melody. Then an abrupt...

  • 17 years ago | Music News

    The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Crystal Ball (NPG Records) "I've got grooves and grooves on the shelf," a cocky Prince boasted on 1990's best-selling Batman soundtrack. He wasn't kidding. Never a minimalist, His Royal Badness rarely seemed to ...

  • 17 years ago | Music News

    Various Artists Caribbean Island Music (Nonesuch) Various Artists The Real Bahamas (Nonesuch) The remarkable source recordings on Caribbean Island Music, as raw as unrefined sugar cane and just as sweet, are spontaneous performances recorded throu...