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19 June 2009



"Second tier"? Not hardly.

After hearing Mingus's "Black Saint," I tracked down every Mariano recording I could find.

I assume Dilberto's never heard Mariano's work on Rabih Abou-Khalil's early 1990s albums. Recorded when Mariano was about 70 years old, he played on those albums with more vigor and creativity than many musicians half his age. And often in the unusual time signatures of Arab/Middle Eastern music.

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