12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

More than just an American city, New Orleans is historically a gateway to the Caribbean, inextricably tied to the slave trade and all the complex cultural transference that it entailed. New Orleans jazz, therefore, has always had an Afro-Caribbean component. The documentary film A Tuba to Cuba captures the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, one of New Orleans’ premier institutions, doing exactly what the title says: bringing its traditional Crescent City sound into direct contact with Cuban musicians and stylistic idioms, exploring a historical connection freighted with meaning. The soundtrack album, naturally, is a blast, ranging widely from the street parade feel and exuberant horns of “Tumba” and “El Manicero” to the crisp, bright strings of the tres on “Descarga del Son” and “Las Palomas.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

More than just an American city, New Orleans is historically a gateway to the Caribbean, inextricably tied to the slave trade and all the complex cultural transference that it entailed. New Orleans jazz, therefore, has always had an Afro-Caribbean component. The documentary film A Tuba to Cuba captures the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, one of New Orleans’ premier institutions, doing exactly what the title says: bringing its traditional Crescent City sound into direct contact with Cuban musicians and stylistic idioms, exploring a historical connection freighted with meaning. The soundtrack album, naturally, is a blast, ranging widely from the street parade feel and exuberant horns of “Tumba” and “El Manicero” to the crisp, bright strings of the tres on “Descarga del Son” and “Las Palomas.”

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