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Luis Mario Ochoa and Friends: Cimarron

This Latin jazz session, led by Havana native and guitarist-singer-arranger Luis Mario Ochoa, is full of fire, finesse and authenticity. He contributes some tasty nylon-string guitar work on Paquito D’Rivera’s samba “To Brenda With Love” (which features the composer playing a sizzling clarinet solo) and blows a fluent and jazzy solo on his spirited guajira-bembe “Afro-Cuban Chant,” which is reminiscent of Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro Blue.” Ochoa also plays a passionate nylon-string guitar solo on the percolating son “Mestizos” and summons up a lovely, lyrical, warm-toned electric guitar solo on his slow mambo “Bacuranao.”

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