Night In Cuba CD (2008)

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Product Overview

Specifications

Label Almost Gold Recordings/red
SKU 208812974
UPC 886973529928
UPC 14 00886973529928
Format CD
Release Date 9/9/2008
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Author Various
Technical Info
Producer Anthony Gonzalez (Compilation)
CatalogID 35299
Lable Name Sony BMG
Released 09/02/2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 57m : 5s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886973529928
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Miguel Matamoros, Rafael Cueto (vocals, guitar); Siro Rodriguez (vocals, percussion); Elena Burke, Haydee Portuondo, Moraima Secada, Omara Portuondo (vocals).
Author: Jos? Mart¡.
This excellent, sprawling collection opens with an 80-year-old recording of Trio Matamoros performing "Son de la Loma." Although it was made during the early days of recording technology, the recording is strikingly clear and defined, and both the singing and playing are spectacular. Whether intentionally or not, this track serves as something of a symbol for Cuban music in general: despite various kinds of repression and privation throughout its history, that tiny island country has managed to produce some of the sweetest, most lovely, and most complex popular music in the world. A Night in Cuba illustrates that truism with recordings made as long ago as 1928 and as recently as 2003. In some cases, it's not even known when the recording took place -- and some strains of Cuban music have changed so little over the decades that the music itself gives little clue. El Original Cuarteto d'Aida's brilliant "Yenyere Cumae -- El Bombo de Elena" is one such track, and it's one of the highlights of a consistently excellent program. Other highlights include Beny Mor?'s "Bonito y Sabroso," on which the vocals are especially nice, and a fine recent recording by Arturo Sandoval of Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca." Even Gloria Estefan makes an appearance here, with the horn-heavy "Montuno." Hansel & Raul's "Como Roca" is a bit too much on the smooth jazz side, and Albita's "Habr  Musica Guajira" is a bit emotionally bombastic even by Latin standards, but overall this disc is a complete delight. ~ Rick Anderson
Disc 1
1 Son De La Loma - Trio Matamoros
2 Mambo #5 - P?rez Prado
3 Yenyere Cumae-El Bombon De Elena - Original Cuarteto D'Aida
4 Bonito Y Sabroso - Beny Mor?
5 El Bodeguero - Orquesta Arag¢n
6 El Manisero - Xiomara Alfaro
7 Montuno - Gloria Estefan
8 Cuba Que Lindos Son Tus Paisajes - Willy Chirino/Celia Cruz
9 Manteca - Arturo Sandoval
10 Mambo - Cachao
11 Como Roca - Hansel/Rolando Laserie
12 Como Fue - Paquito D'Rivera
13 Habra Musica Guajira - Albita
14 Serenata Santiaguera - Donato P¢veda
15 Las Congas - Paquito Hechavarria
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