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Hilario Duran Cuban All Stars: Killer Tumbao

Havana is one big jam of all the music (pop, jazz, salsa, classical, folk) with no industrial divisiveness and labeling. Hilario Durßn is a superb pianist of many beautifully dovetailed parts: he may reign upon the stool with top-flight horns and the seasoned rhythm section of Chucho Valdes’ Irakere (as he does here), lead the searing, post-pop bop-fusion band Perspectiva (a spin-off from his musical directorship for Arturo Sandoval, as he did tellingly at the 1996 Havana Jazz Festival), and delve into Afro-Cuban folk traditions to assimilate them into pop and jazz with ease and understanding.

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