Album Review

Cuba: Music & Revolution (Culture Clash In Havana Cuba: Experiments In Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 1) [coll.] [Soul Jazz]

aarbor   9/28/2022   A Library

DJ Gilles Peterson and Soul Jazz Records founder Stuart Baker compiled this collection of fine Cuban tracks made “after the revolution”. Before Fidel Castro and Communism in Cuba it was where all the major dance crazes came from: mambo, rumba, cha cha, bugalu… Communism restricted some of the innovation in Cuban music, although bands like Los Van Van and Irakere (both on this album) are known outside Cuba. This compilation uncovers many other gems. Some are pre-revolutionary artists whose careers were given a funky reboot in the 1980s. It’s not just an Afro-Cuban or Latin Jazz sound. There’s also unusual time signatures, heavy-duty psychedelic organ solos, FX-laden guitars and touches of atonalism, along with spiky horns, squeaky Farfisa organs and occasional American funk. AArbor

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