8 March 2007
GRUPO AFRO CUBA HAVANA - AFRO CUBAN JAZZ
Grupo Afro Cuba Havana from 1979 produced in the Egrem Studios Havana and licensed to Plane Records Germany.
I picked this up from Paul Murphy's Soho record bunker in the early 80s and it's been a regular visitor to my turntable ever since.What a combination-big band jazz meshing perfectly with heavyweight afro cuban percussion and folkloric elements of Cuban music.This album is pretty unique-I'd never heard anything like it at the time and nothing comes close to it now over 20 years later.I guess the nearest thing for comparison would be Irakere but to be frank this just blows them out of the water.
Check "En Lloro Mi Nankwe" and "Mazamorra" to get the dancers spinning on their heads!!!
Easily into my all time top 5 - highly recommended.
Don't sleep on this one!