It’s like we say, we don’t venerate them because they’re old, we venerate them because they rock. Almenares is a Cuban national treasure that’s been at it for over 50 years. He’s been in so many bands he can’t remember them all, but he’s had his share of hits and mainstay compositions to make him known in Latin music circles as a top shelf cat. Now 76 and pretty much giving us his first taste of his work, this cat is the sound of a Cuba that’s slipping away but preserved here in such grand style you’ll be sorry you didn’t discover him before. Far from being Ricky Ricardo music, this has an unvarnished ethnic edge that any gringo can relate to because it’s about the music first and foremost. Absolute killer stuff jazz and world beat ears will utterly flip for. And you get two discs worth of this treat here. Check it out.