I bought Cafe Cubano and Tango - The Legends in Arad (our new home in Israel's desert) in August 2008. Cafe Cubano is a 2008 Putumayo release and Tango - The Legends is a two disc collection of old, classic Tango.
I bought Flute Music Of The Andes in Beersheva in February 2009. There isn't much information on the cd, but I found this on the web - "Traditional music of the Andes region performed by Peruvian artists." The inside cover mentions the Aztec Indians. Andean music is about the Incas, not the Aztecs. The sound reminds me of the music we heard and saw during our month and a half in Bolivia. Ambient Andes.
Carnegie Hall - The After Show Recordings is a must have for fans of Cuban music. In 1998, the Buena Vista Social Club went on a tour of the US, culminating with a show at Carnegie Hall. Cuban musicians had not been able to play with Cuban musicians living in the US for decades. After the show, the Buena Vista musicians got together with their Cuban-American counterparts and this cd is the result of that late night.
Musicians include Ibrahim Ferrer, Pio Leiva, Manuel Licea, Guajiro Mirabal, Amadito Valdes, Cachaito, Juan Pablo Torres, Joaquien Olivero and Alfredo Valdes Jr. The story of Castro's Cuba is a sad one. Imagine the great things that will happen to Cuban music when Cuba is a democracy one day?! This cd is a glimpse of that potential.
And the music? It leaves you wanting more.
And what about the next generation of Cuban music? What will they do with the torch that the Buena Vista generation passed onto them? From the sounds of this cd, they're cool, confident and full of rhythm. So many names appear here that I won't list them. That's what's so cool about Cuban music - its never a one man band. Cuban music is big band with a Latin and tropical touch!
The booklet that comes with Sons of Buena Vista is excellent - the story behind the music with nostalgic photos of Havana and information about the musicians. I like these thick booklets that educate you while you listen.
Luis Frank Arias & Guillermo Rubalcaba - Noches Cubanas en el Cafe del Mar. Rubalcaba is one of the masters from Buena Vista and Arias is from today's generation of Cuban musicians. Rubalcaba provides a moving and powerful piano to Arias's emotional vocals. Its a good break from big band Cuban music - two musicians playing the classics. Perfect for a cloudy day.
The booklet here is excellent too - with lots of information and terrific photography. The only thing missing is the date of the recording.
Orquesta Termidor - Un Bolero Para El Benny is a tribute to Cuban singer Benny More. Luis Frank Arias sings and the songs are Cuban big band 1950's - a classic era which is always fun to revisit. Arias does it with respect and style with his tropical voice! I love big band lately and this Cuban flavor is a great addition to my collection.
Azteca - From The Ruins is the summer of 2007 reunion of 70's Latin rock band Azteca. The Escoveda brothers founded Aztec after leaving Santana. Their sound was unique at the time - Latin rock accompanied by up to 25 musicians. They recorded two records for Colombia and time passed. Its cool to hear Latin rock with a big band sound. Latin rock is different than classic rock - if the lyrics are complaining about something, you wouldn't know it from the positive beat!
The WDR Big Band is a German jazz ensemble that has won awards and played all over the world. They can trace their origins to a 1947 band and today they specialize in Latin jazz and world jazz. A deep, but relaxing listen. The cd comes with a terrific booklet with info in English and German - and of course photos of the band in rehearsal and in action. I love Afro-Cuban music and this German band gives it some respect!
From Connector to Misa Afro Cubana, we have a mini-collection of cd's from Wienerworld. Check out a page dedicated to this cool World Music label.
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