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Luis Mario Ochoa Quintet: Momentos Cubanos

Read "Momentos Cubanos" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Guitarist/vocalist Luis Mario Ochoa showcases his new acoustic quintet on his fourth recording. It's a departure from Cimarron, the nine-piece ensemble he calls a Cuban dance band with a jazz sound. Ochoa continues to find the groove as a composer and arranger as he mines Cuban and Peruvian music with all their attributes for thoroughly enjoyable listening.

Ochoa sets the mood with the sparkling “Simbiosis." The melody is catchy and Ochoa rides it on the guitar with round, ...

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Luis Mario Ochoa & Friends: Cimarron

Read "Cimarron" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

Cimarrón (meaning “free spirit") is the nonet that Havana-born guitarist and composer Luis Mario Ochoa assembled shortly after moving to Canada back in 1990. This eponymous release is not just the ensemble's third album, but also a celebration of its fifteen years of happy existence. Musical guests such as Paquito D'Rivera, Guido Basso, and Ochoa's father, Luis Ochoa, Sr., were invited to take part in the fiesta.

And what a free spirited celebration it is. “Como Penélope," a song about ...


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