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Wednesday December 19, 2018

From Billboard

The 20 Best Latin Albums of 2018: Critics’ Picks
By: Billboard Staff

While the worlds of streaming and radio were urban-dominated in 2018, the landscape of albums in Latin music was vast, experimental and hugely satisfying. Here are Billboard’s Latin editors’ 20 favorite albums of 2018.

Chucho Valdés, Jazz Batá 2
Chucho Valdés’ Cuban jazz masterpiece honors his father, the pioneering pianist Bebo Valdés. Jazz Batá 2 conjures ancestral African spirits, but also those of progressive jazz greats, classical composers and a century’s worth of Cuban popular music innovators. The founder of the definitive contemporary Cuban jazz group Irakere brings to the fore the timeless grace and continuous experimentation that marked his father’s career, and that has characterized his own artistic output. — JUDY CANTOR-NAVAS

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