A little while ago I wrote an article for the Vinyl Factory, picking out some of my favourite Latin Jazz albums, which has just gone live. This one got a little controversy on the Vinyl Factory Facebook page as some felt that Latin jazz should be limited to jazz focused on Afro-Cuban rhythms. This seems a bit restrictive to me, as it excludes all jazz made from across Latin America that takes its cues from elsewhere. Clearly, there is also an established genre of Brazilian jazz, which could have been excluded from this list, but again, by very definition, Brazilian jazz should be included within the genre as it’s jazz that takes inspiration or has its roots in Latin rhythms and instrumentation.
See what I chose below: