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Two years after their wildly successful debut, Elida y Avante bounce back from label troubles with Algo Entero (Tejas). For my money, Mercedes-born Elida Reyna is tejano’s next female superstar. Her husky, throbbing voice is mature well beyond her 24 years—she has the archetypal blend of innocence and experience—and her band plays a richly textured “chamber tejano” (often featuring salsa percussion) that swings effortlessly and retains undeniable pop flair. Together, they’re all presence, with the polkas and up-tempo tunes sizzling out of the grooves and ballads like the title song conveying complete immediacy and intimacy.…Fans who know Houstonian Illinois Jacquet only for the way his warm, muscular tenor screams out of big-band arrangements like Lionel Hampton’s “Flying Home” will be pleasantly surprised by The Complete Illinois Jacquet Sessions, 1945—50 (Mosaic). Leading “little big bands” that mixed veterans like Emmett Berry with up-and-comers like Charles Mingus and Miles Davis—and often took swing to

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