The world's most successful rumba band go back to the basics for their most stirring album yet: an exploration of the centuries-old cante jondo, the "deep song" that is the root of flamenco. Roots features the core of the Kings: the Reyes family of Nicolas, Canut, Andre, Patchai, and Paul, as well as their cousins Tonino, Diego, and Paco Baliardo. They're joined by double-bassist Greg Cohen, known for his work with Tom Waits, Marisa Monte, and Dave Douglas, along with percussionist Cyro Baptista and accordionist Garth Hudson, formerly of The Band. Producer Craig Street, who's brought his dark, string-laden sound to acclaimed albums from Cassandra Wilson and Susana Baca, joined the band near the town of St-Andre-de-Bueges in France’s Languedoc, where they took over a seventeenth-century farmhouse and turned an old storeroom into a makeshift studio. The all-acoustic result is sure to cast these crowd-pleasers in a new light. These remarkable performances expose the primordial throb, descended from Indian and African antecedents, that gives cante jondo its raw, hypnotic quality. Whatever you've thought about the Kings in the past, it's undeniable that the Reyes-Baliardo family is the real deal. By exposing their Roots, the Kings also expose the deep musical heritage behind their crowd-pleasing veneer.