pure magic I found at the library. when I checked on Amazon of course it is out of print. having returned the disc a long time ago, and not finding much information online, all I'm pretty certain is that a lot or all of this is Cuban in origin, and recorded sometime in the early 1930s.
the collection starts off nice enough, with a couple of straight dance numbers, but soon a special sound emerges, where the mood, although on the surface the same kind of easy-going atmosphere, becomes more complex... and like all great party music, a lot more is carefully molded into the music than a simple good time. I point you to track 5, "Tabou" by the Leguona Cuban Boys - what is going on here? a particular sense of melody and rhythm that I've never heard anywhere else... many gems are hidden in the rest of the album, and there is a mysterious mood which pervades through out... I wrote some stuff but deleted it, because my words are awkward, entirely insufficient, and I do not wish to impose my subjective interpretation of these tunes and this sound onto you. enjoy.