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Soneando presents three songs each from four Cuban combos: Jelengue, Raisón, Turquino, and Sierra Maestra. Jelengue's midtempo numbers showcase the group's smooth vocal harmonies and include a good amount of trumpet; best is "Buscando Mi Felicidad," in which the band's principal vocalist emulates the rising and falling chords of a sunny acoustic guitar. Meanwhile, Grupo Raisón turns in the gorgeous, swaying ballad "La Confianza," and Turquino's approach to the son style is bright and sharp, with articulated percussion and bursts of horn (especially on "Son Para los Rumberos"). Youthful charanga band Sierra Maestra might deliver the majority of good ideas on Soneando -- the band's finale medley of different son melodies is particularly rewarding.

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