February 21, 2000 12:00 PM

>THE RUX REVUE Carl Hancock Rux (Epic/550) Merging poetry, hip hop and ambient beats with old-time R&B, this debut album is hypnotic, intense and thought-provoking.

A MAP OF THE WORLD Pat Metheny (Warner Bros.) The genre-jumping guitarist fills this soundtrack album with a mesmerizing stew of jazz, classical, folk and rock instrumentals.

CARAVANA CUBANA: LATE NIGHT SESSIONS Various Artists (Dreamer/Rhino) An all-star jam of Cuban (and yanqui) greats proves the Buena Vista Social Club is not an exclusive franchise.

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