Baile Con Machito Y Sus Afro Cubans (This Is Machito & His Afro-Cubans)

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The Latin budget label Seeco turns out all sorts of early demos, outtakes, and forsaken sessions. "Machito and his Afro-Cubans" is slightly misleading, for this is not the seminal jazz group usually associated with the name. It is the subsequent orchestra with Graciela singing, Rene Hernandez on piano, and Mario Bauza on trumpet. The material is all cha cha cha and mambo, nothing outstanding and not Machito's strong suit. But it is obvious that fun is being had, from "Bananas" and "Feedin' the Chickens" to a mambo version of the "Dragnet" theme. Predictably, the Seeco album offers a view of the artist not found in most of the superior Tico recordings: the second-rate view.

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