Muy Divertido! (Very Entertaining) by RIBOT Y LOS CUBANOS POSTIZOS, MARC
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At first glance you might think: What's a Downtown New York Anglo hipster guitarist doing in an Afro-Cuban groove like this? Can he swing it? Not to worry. Marc Ribot--who's worked with John Lurie's Lounge Lizards
, the Jazz Passengers
, Elvis Costello
, Susana Baca
, and Franz Casseus from Haiti--blends his edgy, cuatro-sounding American guitar licks with organ, percussion, rhythm section, and Cuban clave. Although Santana laid the groundwork for such stuff decades ago, Ribot and his Los Cubanos Postizos add a touch of stateside humor to the spicy, aural sauce. Muy Divertido!
picks up where the band's 1998 Atlantic debut
left off, adapting the legendary compositions of Arsenio Rodriguez to the 21st century, especially "Dame Un Cachito Pa Huele," "Jaquey," and the festive "El Divorcio." Other Latin gems include Pedro Flores's "Obsesion" and "No Puedo Freinar," A.L. Torruellas's "Carmela Dame La Llave," and Israel Rodriguez's "Se Formo El Bochinche." Ribot's own tunes, such as "El Gaucho Rojo" and "Baile, Baile, Baile," throw some Wes Montgomery
chords into the pot, and the band proves that a party's a party from Havana outward. --Eugene Holley Jr.