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Mambo! Afro-Cuban Takes On Jazz Classics

Feb 22, 2010

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Jazz musicians have long mined Broadway, the Great American Songbook, and even pop music for material. Here are five Latin interpretations of songs written by jazz musicians, a process that isn't as easy as playing the chords of a jazz composition over a mambo rhythm. The real gold in the Latin jazz library comes from clever interpretations of songs that lend themselves to the intricate meter of Afro-Cuban music.

This article originally ran Sept. 30, 2008.

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