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Sunlightsquare Latin Combo: Havana Central (UK Sunlightsquare)

SUNLIGHTSQUARE LATIN COMBO: HAVANA CENTRAL (UK SUNLIGHTSQUARE)

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UK release date 26.04.2010

Claudio Passavanti’s talented Latin-jazz fusionist troupe presents a highly charged, highly impressive homage to Cuba, with an album that was actually recorded in Cuba’s legendary Radio Rebelde building – set up in 1958 by Che Guevara.

The music on offer sounds even more impressive when you realise that it was recorded through the big hurricanes Gustav, Hannah and Ike; the Combo lost lighting on several occasions and had to record by the glow of candles. Expect a mix of feel good salsa, chaotic jazz and laidback Latino ramble here; at all times the percussive, horn and key sections sound superb. Really, really fantastic work.
Words BEN LOVETT

From Jazz Funk & Fusion To Acid Jazz

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