Like many crate digging reissue labels of their ilk, Jazzman delight in breathing new life into long-forgotten gems from artists who largely passed under the radar first time around. Here, they offer a timely reminder of the qualities of a Mexican percussionist and bandleader who enjoyed a relatively short but successful career in the 1960s, Tino Contreras. He released relatively few records, with a couple of Mexico-only albums, a French compilation and a single LP for Capitol in America the sum of his life's work. This deluxe compilation gathers together the best of his work - a distinctly Mexican take on jazz drenched in intricate but heavy percussion, Tijuana-ish trumpets and swinging pianos.
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