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Ry Cooder/Manuel Galbán

  • Mambo Sinuendo [Nonesuch/Perro Verde, 2003] B-

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Mambo Sinuendo [Nonesuch/Perro Verde, 2003]
Before deciding whether you really want the new Ry Cooder album, try an easier question--do you really want the new Manuel Galbán album? That is, the solo debut (well, duo debut) by the guitarist-arranger of the "great" (I keep reading but not hearing) old Cuban doowop group Los Zafiros. Unless you're one of those guys who keeps up with Dick Dale, probably not. Which clears up the Ry question without even referencing clunky drummer Joachim Cooder, who should never be allowed to back one of his father's discoveries again for as long as he lives. B-