Manuel Jimenez / Manuel Jimenez Y Su Cuarteto

Manuel Jiminez Y Su Cuarteto: Siempre Alegres

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Jimenez was a major player in island and NYC quartet/trio music: founder of the leading Cuarteto Mayari in 1936 and played with Cuarteto Marcano and the Johnny Rodriguez Trio, both big names in the Gran Manzana before forming his own quartet in 1946. This charming 1959 recording shows that the group was tight, pretty, and very varied, with a range from prettiness to bounce to joviality. One cut is a deliciously silly take on rock & roll: fine unfamiliar stuff. Is the trio sound due for a comeback? That'd certainly be nice.