Album: Various artists, Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura (Brownswood)

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An odd one this: CD one is a bunch of new recordings featuring the Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, produced by Peterson, while CD two features the global DJ's current favourite Cuban grooves.

Is this compromised release (as far as Fonseca may be concerned) merely further evidence of the ascendance of DJs in relation to artists? Possibly, but most of the material is powerfully and robustly contemporary, so if you think music from Havana begins and ends with the Buena Vista Social Club, you should investigate.