Cubanismo!: Mardi Gras Mambo

Trumpeter Jesus Alemany brought his chart-topping Cuban dance band to New Orleans to create this fascinating fusion of Afro-Cuban and New Orleans sounds. The all-stars of Cubanismo! were joined in the studio by such New Orleans favorites as pianist Glenn Patscha of the Yockamo All-Stars, and singer John Boutte. They created a CD of irresistible dance tunes that’s also a study in the roots of contemporary popular music.
Mardi Gras Mambo
Released: 8/22/2000
Label: Hannibal
Genre: Latin
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