Review of the Recording "Joy"

Raul da Gama makes an astute observation about what makes Ann Reynolds’ Cuban music unique.

Afro-Cuban forms such as “son cubano” danzón” and “guaguancó” are worked into this sublime music as if they were written by a native of the region. And while, on the surface, that may seem possible today with all of the sophisticated teaching that goes on in modern academies around the world, in truth, the “feel” comes only to those who don’t simply inhabit the art, but embrace it as one does a member of the family; not simply a loved one, but one who is “especially” loved”. This is what Ann Reynolds brings to her music.

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