NY Times features "La Rumba Me Llama Yo"

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Friday March 10, 2017

From New York Times

Daymé Arocena, ‘La Rumba Me Llama Yo’
By: Jon Pareles

Towering ambitions in Latin jazz take euphoric form on ‘Cubafonía,’ the new album by the Cuban singer Daymé Arocena. Age-old Afro-Cuban rhythms, brassy big-band dance music, modern jazz harmonies and hints of funk all show up in her songs, and her voice – low, rich, agile and irrepressible – ricochets off them all. Try ‘La Rumba Me Llamo Yo,’ an affirmation of Cuba’s deepest rumba traditions that somersaults across eras, from deep traditional guaguancó to hard-vamping rumba to meter-shifting horn arrangements – all of which eventually become a springboard for her exultant scat-singing. It’s just one tour de force on an album full of them.

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