I recently discovered this initial release (2004) by the Roberto Fonseca Afro-Cuban Jazz Project. Mr. Fonseca is a now-well-known jazz pianist hailing from Havana, Cuba. There are several standouts (“Igbae”, “Negra Mia”, and “De Regreso”) on this album including an interesting take on “Over the Rainbow”.
In a previous post I stated the Pandora Premium tier wasn’t what I was looking for as a supplement to Tidal and cancelled my subscription. However, it didn’t take long to find myself really missing all that Pandora brings to the table. Music discovery is what I value most with the service and their algorithms are unmatched in the streaming world. After years of “Thumbs Up/Down” I believe the service knows my taste all too well. Obviously, I could just use the free tier but it pales in comparison to the Premium niceties. So back to Pandora Premium it is.
Amazon Music Unlimited
Paid for the year ($79 for Prime Members) with no regrets. The service offers a massive catelogue like Spotify, Apple Music, & Tidal. It’s not so great for music discovery but you can’t beat the price if you’re in Amazon’s ecosystem. I’m happy with it.
In the meantime I’ve been rethinking my needs and wants. Without a doubt the sound quality of Tidal makes for a compelling option (especially for audiophiles), but here’s the thing .. I dislike the service. The price of $240/year for their premium quality tier still seems high to me. Of course, I could have down-graded to their lower quality tier for $120/year, but I didn’t (as stated, I dislike the service). Cancelled.
Maybe I’m not an audiophile after all.
I recently heard a song from this album by Darren Lyons on my Dave Peck Pandora station (yeah, another “Streaming Update” blog post is coming) and just had to give the album a listen. Glad I did .. good straight-ahead jazz. Check out his site for more info on this excellent drummer and what his bands (he has 2) are up to: