Ernesto Lechner
September 01, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mardi Gras Mambo

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Hannibal
genre
World

We gave it a B+

On ¡Cubanismo!, Cuban sabrosura fuses with Cajun soul on Mardi Gras Mambo, an exploration of missing links between Havana and New Orleans. R&B harmonies merge with son montuno piano lines in ”Marie Laveaux,” while the funky ”It Do Me Good” becomes a cheeky cha cha cha, complete with sweet flute acrobatics. Traditionalists might object to this coupling of genres, but open-minded listeners will succumb to the album’s hybrid charms. B+

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