Various Artists

Buena Vista: The Next Generation

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As gimmicks go, this is not a bad one -- put together the younger relatives of the Buena Vista Social Club stars (well, they could hardly be the older relations, could they?), add a few relatives of various other Cuban music luminaries, and make an album. But putting any assorted group together is a dangerous undertaking -- will they have the chemistry? In this case, it appears they do, as the whole disc bristles with energy, not least on the relatively daring opener, "Los Herederos Intro," a duet for two trombones, before exploding into the wild, percussive "Los Herederos." But it's the percussionists who provide the groove throughout the album, boundless in their enthusiasm and vitality. The music (mostly from the talented pen of Elsa Torres) mixes up Cuban styles, offering almost a guided tour through the island's heritage of son, rhumba, and so on. The only cover is a version of Compay Segundo's classic "Chan Chan" featuring Segundo's grandsons (and the trombone of Juan Pablo Torres), and its familiar chords sound like a beacon. At the same time, it doesn't offer either the smoothness of the original or the vitality of the rest of this disc, and ends up like an odd duck, somewhere in the middle and a little lost. That apart, the rest of this album has a lot going for it, not least the keyboard talent of Ruben Gonzaelz Jr., who has obviously learned well from his father. The title and the concept might be cashing in on fame, but the music actually speaks for itself.

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