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Maraca: ?Descarga Total!

With his superb fourth album, ?Descarga Total!, Cuban flute prodigy and former Irakere member Orlando “Maraca” Valle continues to downplay his stunning virtuosity in favor of drum-tight ensemble precision. Retreating from his Latin-jazz past to embrace an infectious, rhythmically diverse strain of traditional Afro-Cuban dance music a la Cubanismo, Maraca’s giddy solo flights arrive more as succinct, expert punctuations than grand statements.

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