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Jazz Latino a la Cubana

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Jazz Latino a Cubana is notable if only for its cover art, which features a bizarre humanoid figure with a conga drum for a head, blowing notes into his saxophone while floating on a cloud above the night sky. Musically, the set features low-key, often mushy jazz arrangements with a debt to the Latin tradition, but more so to the weak sound of early-'80s American fusion. Scattered busy guitar solos ("Tiembla Tierra," "Cristy"), lightly swinging horn charts over tinkling electric piano ("Esta Es Mi Mecanica"), and reverb-drenched horn experiments ("Carta de Estilo," "Las Margaritas") make the entirety of Jazz Latino a Cubana resemble a less than inspired dinner theater combo covering latter-period Miles Davis tunes.

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