Various Artists

Sextetos Cubanos: Sones, Vol. 2

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These early records from four sextetos range from the illustrious Nacional and Boloña to the equally fine but less known Matancero (led by the great Isaac Oviedo), and Occidente -- a rarity in that one of its lead singers was a woman. All are prime, though Occidente is a little weaker than the rest, but more important all have the tart and delicate drive of one of the classic 20th-century sounds.

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