The belly dancer and reclining swami on the jacket belie the cha cha cha. "Asia Minor" was a hit for Roger King Mozian, thanks in large part to this album, no doubt. As is the case with Machito generally, every selection is very good, authentic within reason, but not revelatory or truly exceptional. The very strong (and loud!) horn and various vocal performances are top-flight, and selections include "El Bejuco (The Branch)" by Chano Pozo. Asia Minor also was released as Forum F-9043.
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AllMusic Review by Tony Wilds