Mambo Sinuendo

Ry Cooder and Manuel Galbán. | Nonesuch/Perro Verde.

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Continuing the Cuban music odyssey he began to great acclaim on Buena Vista Social Club, Ry Cooder teams with fellow guitarist Manuel Galbán for the delightful Mambo Sinuendo. The stew of influences includes the twang of Duane Eddy, the orchestral drama of Henry Mancini, and the snazzy pop jazz of Perez Prado, whose 1958 hit, “Patricia,” receives an elegant reading. In the spirit of Mexico’s Esquivel, though less goofy, Cooder and Galbán create mood music that refuses to stay in the background. From the seductive “La Luna en Tu Mirada” to the caffeinated “Los Twangueros,” this is delicious fare.

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