Various Artists

Merengue: Dominican Music and Dominican Identity

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Merengue: Dominican Music and Dominican Identity Review

by Tom Schulte

Merengue: Dominican Music & Identity is a mate to ethnomusicologist Paul Austerlitz' book of the same title (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996). The CD is as varied in style as quality. Providing a fascinating look at the music of Dominica (Latin jazz, proto-Cajun, semi-Calypso, etc.) it is also challenging. Some tracks have the poor quality of a field recording. This is more than made up by the bulk of the tracks, which are hopping! Also, the liner notes are extensive in their description of the music in general, instrumentology and notes on each track.

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