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Gregorio Uribe Big Band, Cumbia Universal (Zoho Records)
CD Reviews: February 11, 2016

02/11/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



After way too long, I finally got around to checking my Haulix reviewer account for something interesting. I’d forgotten the dangers of that stuff — this week’s space almost got filled with a review of some girl-fronted Austrian hard rock band named Rocquette (I did all the prep work for it, but man, it was just terrible, like a random attempt at AC/DC meets Avril Lavigne done by a covers band that should have retired in 2002). I only mention this because it was such an awful experience that I nearly baked myself in a pie and ended it all — the rock n roll era is definitely over. It just is. What isn’t over is innovative, authentic world music, such as this Latin record here, funded through Kickstarter by accordion-playing bandleader Uribe, whose band is a monthly fixture at Manhattan’s Zinc Bar. These guys generate an upbeat, vibrant, earthy blend of Colombian cumbia and chandé rhythms, stuff you might hear at a Miami club where there are no velvet ropes — you know, the real deal, NPR late-night vibes, not a bunch of shrill Vegas exercises. Little bit of funk and whatnot here and there, along with a samba-sounding cover of “Come Together.” A






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