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Bahama Soul Club : Havana 58

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UK release date 19.11.2016

German-based Bahama Soul Club come up trumps with this their now fourth studio album.You may remember we reviewed sometime back the excellent 'Cuban Tapes' and now,again high standards have been once more achieved with the latest offering. Havana 58 is a reference to when Cuba was a tropical playground for socialites and celebs like Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra,Ernest Hemingway,Marlon Brando and american mobsters who came to play in the cuban paradise. The lush latin jazz cuts are the perfect antedote to the cold winter we are experiencing luxuriate yourself in their sophisticated sounds,after all they are one the finest purveyors of modern lounge around!

Guest vocalists are what this outfit are all about and there are plenty.The American Jazz and Soul singer BRENDA BOYKIN from the mighty Club Des Belugas with the mesmeric,piano grooving and St Germain sounding "No Words" and the perky Afro-Cuban Jazziness of "Dizzy's Bounce".Sheer class and tight grooves sway heavy throughout and Cuba's leading vocal quartet SEXTO SENTIDO, the vivacious OLVIDO RUIZ, singer in the Bahama Soul Club Live band, and again the arresting AREMA AREGA make appearances too. What's not to like? BSC have gone one better than their previous album and that was mighty fine too-banish the winter blues with this bright burst of sunshine,highly enjoyable stuff!
Words Emrys Baird

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