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Luis Conte is one of the world’s most ac­com­plished Cuban per­cus­sion­ists, hav­ing worked with the likes of James Tay­lor, Al DiMe­ola, Phil Collins, Pat Metheny and more. Pete Lock­ett should need no in­tro­duc­tion to the read­ers of Rhythm of course; one of the UK’s top per­cus­sion­ists, Pete has worked with a stel­lar ar­ray of mu­si­cal stars from Macca to Gabriel, the cream of In­dia’s mu­si­cians and on count­less big movie sound­tracks. So nat­u­rally a col­lab­o­ra­tive al­bum be­tween these two stars is go­ing to be some­thing spe­cial.

Recorded in LA, Lon­don, Pak­istan and In­dia, the record draws on the rich mu­si­cal her­itage of Cuba, In­dia, Amer­ica, Europe and, well, ev­ery­where. ‘Ev­ery­body’s Got One’ (which would be a more apt ti­tle for a ca­jon piece) is a per­cus­sive de­light rooted in the vi­brancy of In­dian mu­sic and cul­ture; then it’s west to Cuba for ‘Oyela’ and, while you might ex­pect ‘Festejo’ to turn south to Peru, it’s ac­tu­ally more a fu­sion of Latin and In­dian sounds; sim­i­larly ‘Cross Bor­ders’ could have you in a ge­o­graph­i­cal tail­spin with its sump­tu­ous lay­ers of all-world sounds and per­cus­sive tex­tures. ‘Boom’ is a de­cidely non-ex­plo­sive track; an at­mos­phere piece that weaves gen­tle per­cus­sive ef­fects into a chilled am­bi­ent track. ‘Caramelo’ is rhyth­mi­cally busy, ‘Tik­i­tip­ila’ is a typ­i­cally ace com­bi­na­tion of fan­tas­tic play­ing and tra­di­tional voice el­e­ments. Stand-out piece ‘Buena Noche’ will trans­port to in­stantly to you a sticky Cuban night with its heady rhyth­mic flavours. (CBu)

Per­cus­sion­ist ex­traor­di­naire Pete Lock­ett has teamed up with Cuban per­cus­sion star Luis Conte

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