21 Songs From 2016 That Nearly Got Away

21 Songs From 2016 That Nearly Got Away


The Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca‘s 2016 album, “ABUC,” put vintage Cuban styles through assorted time warps. “Family,” with its genre billed as “Doo-wop/Electro Aragón,” is the nuttiest of them. Mr. Fonseca takes frisky solos on organ, and the tune layers the kind of rock that might have shown up in a mid-1960s TV theme with a raucous New Orleans horn section, vocals from members of the Cuban institution Orquesta Aragón a bridge that down-shifts into a slow cha-cha and a street-parade coda. It ends up somewhere between Santana and Buena Vista Social Club, and a long way from tradition. A live version on YouTube is fun, too. By Jon Pareles at The New York Times.

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