Various Artists

Early Cuban Danzon Orchestras 1916-1920

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Compiling any number of ultra-rare sides, Early Cuban Danzon Orchestras 1916-20 offers a revelatory look at an influential but often overlooked era in Cuban music; with the benefit of hindsight, it seems a likely proposition that the danzon ensembles served as a key inspiration behind the evolution of early New Orleans jazz -- compared side by side, the textures and rhythms of the two sound remarkably similar.

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