The best big band that you might have heard in Havana in the years preceding and, briefly, following the Revolution, was arguably Bebo's. Born in 1918, he's lived in Sweden since the mid '60s, but in Havana he was the king of the Tropicana and of the recording studio. (He played piano when Nat “King” Cole came to Havana to record.) He was one of the inventors of the mambo. And, though there are many contenders, one of the best Cuban orchestrators ever. The quality — both the playing and the recording — of this album is astounding.
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