Nelson Enriquez

Venezuela 74

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A tight little conjunto with a classic Cuban lineup (trumpets, piano, bass, percussion) plays porros and other Venezuelan, Colombian and Cuban rhythms in a style both gentle and punchy. There's something very special about this stuff; though the Cubanisms are rampant (notably in the piano), it's less driving and more mellow than salsa, even the Colombian version of musicians like Arroya. That's partly a question of period, but also of different national approaches.