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Various Artists: Swing Around the World

Putumayo’s latest global compilation suggests that swing music might not travel that well after all. Leastways many of the “world swing” songs that made the cut on this album don’t: The Zimbabwean hot jazz of the Cool Crooners of Bulawayo is polished to the point of being dull, the Italian saunter of Renzo Arbore’s interminable “Mamma Mi Piace il Ritmo” is more soporific than stirring and the technically accomplished Django-esque manouche of the French guitarist Romane is too tightly structured to ever really boogie.

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