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A one-of-a-kind trip through the history of music
on October 7, 1998
The first half of this album is an incredibly authentic-feeling, as well as truly entertaining, exploration of the development of jazz. It starts with hypnotic tribal chanting, then moves into ritualistic drumming and talking drums, and eventually ends up in a wild, Afro-Cuban big band jam. If this sounds academic at all, forget it. This album swings from beginning to end. I've had the album for 35 years, and I still look forward to hearing it. The second half is typical Perez Prado; hard-swinging Afro-Cuban big band mambo madness.