January 9 — HOLIDAY IN HAVANA, Desi Arnaz (1949)

imageToday I started with the Silos and then, sticking with the “Florida bands with Cuban singers” theme, flipped to the new Mavericks album.

Like “Trampoline” in the late ’90s, Raul Malo is channeling his inner Ricky Ricardo — not only in the Cuban big-band sound, but with his charismatic vibrato singing. Which brings me to Desi Arnaz himself, and this song from the movie of the same name. “Dance your cares away / That’s the Cuban way.”


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