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by C. Michael Bailey
Well, there is a word for it. tumbao. The Urban Dictionary defines, tumbao, as An Afro-Puerto Rican word (or African Caribbean...), which means an indescribable African sexiness or swing." I have always wanted to know what that thing in Latin jazz is: that certain attitude and approach that runs through the body when this music is heard. It is appropriate that this thing" be defined as, and prove as elusive as, the concept of swing" in the mainstream jazz vernacular. ...read more