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Latin Jazz Orchestra: Havana Blues

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Havana Blues pairs veteran composer/conductor/arranger Chico O’Farrill with the Rodríguez-Rendún Latin Jazz Orchestra for a second recording of vintage Latin jazz. While there are no surprises, this cd reveals big band Latin jazz at its most exuberant. Armando Rodríguez and Victor Rendún met at the University of North Texas in the ’70s, and put the band together in New York City after each spent a decade as sidemen. Included in the lineup are some of the New York latin scene’s most celebrated players, such as bassist Andy Gonzalez and trumpeter Victor Paz.

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