Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Listen

updated 10/02/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/02/2000 01:00AM

>MARDI GRAS MAMBO ¡Cubanismo! (Hannibal) No need to wait for Fat Tuesday to start dancing in the streets. This band of Havana all-star musicians blend their soulful Latin son and guajiro styles with rootsy New Orleans swamp grooves to create a sumptuous world-music gumbo.

THE BEST OF MARSHALL CRENSHAW: THIS IS EASY Marshall Crenshaw (Rhino) A grad of the Beatle-mania stage show, Crenshaw became a marvelous but little-appreciated pop composer and performer. The proof is in these 22 rockin' tracks.

DOUG SAHM: THE RETURN OF WAYNE DOUGLAS Doug Sahm (Toronado) Posthumous cuts from the late Sahm who, after a flirtation with '60s rock stardom, disbanded his Sir Douglas Quintet ("She's About a Mover") and pioneered today's so-called alt-country rock.

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