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Joe Craven: Django Latino

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Like David Grisman, his longtime associate, multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven has no use for the border patrol. Django Latino is testimony to his world view, inspired by Reinhardt’s compositions and recordings, distinguished by an extraordinarily colorful array of Latin textures, rhythms and instruments. Though it’s not a jazz album per se, and will likely leave some Djangophiles scratching their heads and clutching their 78s, Django Latino is nonetheless a vibrant celebration of musical romance languages-and yes, it swings.

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