Picks and Pans Review: Imuy Divertido!

UPDATED 05/22/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/22/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

Marc Ribot y los Cubanos Postizos

From Elián González to the Oscar-nominated documentary Buena Vista Social Club, Americans seem intrigued by all things Cuban—especially that island nation's music. If the Buena Vista master musicians whetted your appetite for Cuban rhythms, you might be ready to sample the more eclectic fare served up by Marc Ribot, a noted session guitarist for Tom Waits and Elvis Costello. Ribot and his cutting-edge jazz group add a sharp if slightly off-kilter twist to standard Cuban songs such as "Dame un Cachito Pa'Huele" and "Jacquey," as well as serving up a few skewed originals. Incorporating tasty guitar licks and inventive arrangements, Ribot and crew pay homage to Cuban music with their tongues firmly in cheek and their amps turned all the way up. Playful, freewheeling and intoxicating, Muy Divertido is, as the title translates from the Spanish, very entertaining.

Bottom Line: A delight for progressives and purists alike

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