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Septeto Rodriguez: Baila! Gitano Baila! [Tzadik, 2004]
Longer on violins this time, Rodriguez's Cuban klezmer packs less thrill, with David Krakauer and Craig Taborn missed. But it's smoother too, and with international mix-and-match feeling so crucial these days, that's educational. The pomo aesthete in us craves disruptive kicks as inoculation against an undoing world. The weary traveler will settle gratefully for some social harmony. A-