The latest offering from the Buena Vista Social Club circuit—courtesy of bassist Orlando Cachaíto López (his uncle is Miami-based bassist Israel "Cachao" López)—is r

The latest offering from the Buena Vista Social Club circuit—courtesy of bassist Orlando Cachaíto López (his uncle is Miami-based bassist Israel "Cachao" López)—is remarkable in that it's the first in the series to mark a departure from the musical line set by the group. Instead of old Cuban son, Cachaíto delivers sophisticated Latin jazz, with Afro-Cuban beats becoming but one element that intertwines with—of all things—a Hammond organ (played by Jamaican Bigga Morrison) and electric guitar (Manuel Galván, arranger of Los Zafiros). Cachaíto remains traditional in the first couple of tracks, flute-laced charangas evocative of standard Buena Vista. But as soon as listeners get comfy, the album goes into decidedly experimental territory, with percussion descargas getting an almost Middle Eastern sound thanks to organ and guitar wailings and, later, turntable scratches (DJ Nee Nasty is also a guest). Dub it the Buena Vista evolution.—LC

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