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Roswell Rudd & Yomo Toro [extended]

  • Funky Jibaro [Antilles, 1988] B+
  • Roswell Rudd's Malicool With Toumani Diabate [Sunnyside, 2003] **
  • Blue Mongol [Soundscape, 2006] *
  • El Espìrito Jìbaro [Soundscape, 2007] **

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Yomo Toro: Funky Jibaro [Antilles, 1988]
Since there's more "world music" than anybody can hear, not to mention enjoy, often preferences are arbitrary. No aficionado of Spanish romanticism, I've never gotten into salsa, but I happened to go see Toro at S.O.B.'s, where I was won over by his unassuming fingerpicked mastery of the cuatro (kind of a large 10-string mandolin), as well as the unassuming cornball showmanship of his group. Maybe that's why I like his sweet mountain record better than, say, Daniel Ponce's hot city record or Nana Vasconcelos's big ethnomusicological record on the same label, or maybe it's because I've always resisted horny bands while favoring the simple charanga this vaguely recalls. A salsa trumpeter I know says he likes it too--sound reminds him of Penguin Cafe Orchestra. B+

Roswell Rudd's Malicool With Toumani Diabate: Roswell Rudd's Malicool With Toumani Diabate [Sunnyside, 2003]
Trombone learns Sahel ("Bamako," "Johanna") **

Roswell Rudd & the Mongolian Buryat Band: Blue Mongol [Soundscape, 2006]
Weird trombone vocalism, weird Tuvan vocalism, Arctic ingenue ("Gathering Light," "Four Mountains"). *

El Espìrito Jìbaro [Soundscape, 2007]
Not "Latin jazz," Latin plus jazz, with which guys this friendly equals fun ("Pouchie & the Bird," "Mayor G"). **