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The Original Mambo Kings: An Introduction to Afro-Cubop 1948-1954

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An essential repackage, not so much for Dizzy Gillespie’s 17-minute ”Manteca Suite” as for the wealth of tracks featuring the Cuban singer-bandleader Machito and his composer-trumpeter-devil’s advocate, the late Mario Bauza. The Original Mambo Kings‘ incredible 1949 ”Tanga” feels like a rock & roll freight train slamming into the station eight years ahead of schedule. A

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