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Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Cuba: The Conversation Continues

Read "Cuba: The Conversation Continues" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

“I believe that there is no country in the world including any and all the countries under colonial domination, where economic colonization, humiliation and exploitation were worse than in Cuba...in part owing to my country's policies..." --President John F. Kennedy, October 1963 Revolution and musical genres share the characteristic of having an embryonic state. While the United States and Russia bore witness to the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall and the symbolic end of the Cold War, ...

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Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: The Offense Of The Drum

Read "The Offense Of The Drum" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Offense Of The Drum may be the least cohesive record in Arturo O'Farrill's discography, but that's largely by design. Here, O'Farrill firmly adheres to his stated “artistic vision"--"to bend what the world knows as Afro Latin jazz over the acoustic horizon"--better than anywhere else in his discography. Guests galore and a belief in Afro Latin camaraderie help him realize that goal, resulting in the most intriguing and expansive offering that he's ever released. In some ways ...


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