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Gustavo Santaolalla: RonRoco

Over the last few decades, Argentine musician-producer Gustavo Santaolalla has established his reputation as a musical paradox-a progressive traditionalist who fuses influences from around the world while bringing it all home. On his beguiling album RonRoco (Nonesuch 79461; 41:41), Santaolalla seems to seamlessly bridge stylistic worlds, with a vocabulary that evokes the spirit of his homeland, the rolling spirit of Portuguese fado, and qualities of Eastern European and Japanese music-and it was recorded in the port of Los Angeles.

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