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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the big band Latin collective led by José Pepito Gómez was recorded live to tape over a three day session and was produced by Jacob Plasse and arranged by Mike Eckroth.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. Mar 29, 2018
    100
    The lust for life evident on the streets of Havana is reflected enthrallingly in an album that looks set to take the Daptone ethos to the world at large.
  2. Mar 29, 2018
    90
    There's a distinct old-world Havana big band feel here, filtered through a postmodern lens. Steered by the vocals of Pepito, piano melodies sparkle, brass blare bold and percussive sounds punctuate a overarching vibe of joy.
  3. Mar 29, 2018
    90
    The word "Akokán" means "from the heart," and the playing here underscores the translation. While the recording was meant as an homage, the innovations in both charts and performance make it simultaneously modern and timeless.
  4. Uncut
    Mar 29, 2018
    80
    Uplifting and upbeat; it's the sharp-suit Saturday night to Buena Vista Social Club's Sunday Morning. [May 2018, p.33]
  5. Mojo
    Jun 27, 2018
    80
    As with Daptone's soul projects, the emphasis is on authenticity and integrity and the result is spot-on. [Jun 2018, p.94]
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  1. Apr 13, 2018
    9
    Great, cohesive album. It has energy and rhythm that doesn't fade or become tired. Felt as good about with the first track as the last track.