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Muy Divertido!
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Tracks

1. Dame Un Cachito Pa'huele

2. Las Lomas De New Jersey

3. El Gaucho Rojo

4. Obsesion

5. El Divorcio

6. Se Formo El Bochinche

7. Baile Baile Baile

8. No Puedo Frenar

9. Jaguey

10. Carmela Dame LA Llave

Performer Notes
  • Full performer name: Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos.
  • Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos: Marc Ribot (vocals, guitar); E.J. Rodriguez (vocals, percussion); Brad Jones (12-string guitar, bass); John Medeski (organ); Anthony Coleman (keyboards); Roberto Rodriguez (drums, percussion).
  • Additional personnel: Frankie Vasquez (vocals, percussion); Eszter Balint (vocals); Riley Osborne (organ); Andy Taub, Steve Nieve (keyboards); JD Foster (bass).
  • Recorded at The Magic Shop, New York, New York.
  • Personnel: Marc Ribot (vocals, guitar); E.J. Rodriguez (vocals, congas, percussion); Eszter Balint (vocals, background vocals); Brad Jones (12-string guitar); Marcus Rojas (tuba); Riley Osborne, Steve Nieve (organ); Andy Taub, Anthony Coleman (keyboards); Robert Rodriguez (drums, timbales, timpani, percussion).
  • Audio Mixer: Andy Taub.
  • Recording information: The Magic Shop, New York, NY.
  • Photographer: Lisa Rinzler.
  • Regrouping his Latin backing band Los Cubanos Postizos, Marc Ribot offers a sequel to his 1998 Arsenio Rodriguez tribute The Prosthetic Cubans in Muy Divertido! ("very entertaining"). While there are once again a few songs penned by Rodriguez, there's also a greater variety of composers represented, including three Ribot originals. Ribot's angular, visceral guitar style adds rock drive and avant-garde edge to these deep Latin grooves, and Anthony Coleman's spacy organ work adds a playfully strange texture to some tracks. Overall, it's a worthy follow-up for anyone who enjoyed the first installment. ~ Steve Huey
Professional Reviews
Spin (7/00, p.153) - 8 out of 10 - "...Cuban music that upholds tradition at the same instant it lampoons the overwrought sentimentality of Batista-era balladeering....Just when he's digging a relaxed rumba, [Ribot] kicks out the skronk, sending his rhythm section into a clattering freakout..."

Entertainment Weekly (5/12/00, pp.78-9) - "...There's nothing phony about the stellar musicianship on display....Imagine a hipster Buena Vista Social Club at a packed SoHo basement party..." - Rating: B+

Q (8/00, p.105) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...It works a treat, Ribot's endlessly inventive fingers using the slinky rhythms like a trampoline to bounce playfully all over the shop....worth it for the scorching 'Baile Baile Baile' alone."

CMJ (4/24/00, p.24) - "...Shake-shake-shakes the Afro-Cuban pop....Working vicariously through the apple-eyed spirit [Arsenio] Rodriguez, while bringing more of Ribot's seamless, improvisational style to the cha-cha line....Very entertaining."

Down Beat (6/00, p.60) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...[The group] fully hit their stride....It's crazed and concise, a chops disc that banks on songs and it driven by a performance that effectively matches sound and attitude. It's also the first great pop-jazz album of the year..."

Mojo (Publisher) (5/00, p.98) - "...Wry pseudo mambos: songs sounding like Arsenio Rodriguez originals put through a psychotic blender....it's not for purists, just for people who like to smile."
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