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Friday November 04, 2016

From The Financial Times

Roberto Fonseca: ABUC — review
The pianist reimmerses in the musical history of his native Cuba and recreates 1940s big bands
By: David Honigmann

Roberto Fonseca has recently delivered sparkling collaborations with the Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara; this new record reimmerses the pianist in the musical history of his native Cuba.

It opens with Ray Bryant’s “Cubano Chant” (best-known in the version by Art Blakey), with Trombone Shorty adding New Orleans brassiness; then switchbacks through the years, recreating the big bands of the 1940s on “Afro Mambo” and “Tumbao de la Unidad”, the latter featuring vocals from Eliades Ochoa recorded as if via time machine.

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