Sonido Isleño

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Sonido Isleño were founded in 1998 and are based in New York. The group effectively mixes together Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican music with jazz. While the title cut has a poem spoken in Spanish and is of little interest to those who do not speak Spanish, other selections are more jazz-oriented, including "Taino," which utilizes the chord changes of "Cherokee." It is particularly interesting hearing leader Benjamin Lapidus play the tres (a traditional Spanish guitar) on some beboppish material; it works well. The rhythm section is excellent, tenor saxophonist Paul Carlon makes his presence felt, and Lapidus is also a talented guitarist. Sonido Isleño's brand of Afro-Cuban/Latin jazz is quite appealing and worth checking out.

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