21 Jan '14, 7am

is a review of Rebel Tumbao, best political album now, and def best jazz-reggae-salsa album I've heard well, ever.

is a review of Rebel Tumbao, best political album now, and def best jazz-reggae-salsa album I've heard well, ever.

Rebel Tumbao is a revelation. It is many things: it is perhaps the most successful album meshing Afro-Cuban and Reggae music to date; it is an exceptional example of deeply felt spiritual and political lyrics; and, in the tradition of Gil Scott-Heron, it has jazz roots and scorching spoken word. Did I mention consistent improvisational mastery and state-of-the-art recording technique? I’d like to hold forth for a minute about this album that has changed so much in my listening and thinking about Caribbean music. The album is co-produced by José Claussell, timbalero for Eddie Palmieri for 24 years. Claussell solos a modest amount, but his percussive leadership is evident throughout. José Claussell on the mic, Matt Jensen at left - photo by Tom Ehrlich Also co-producing is Matt Jensen, a keyboardist who teaches Bob Marley’s life and music at Berklee College of Music. Many of...

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