A los Ancestros

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All Music Guide - François Couture
This is a beautiful production of non-purist Cuban music. Living in Montréal, singer/guitarist Carlos Placeres has teamed with Québec musicians, stating they are more flexible and open to unorthodox ideas. Unorthodox they are, but still very respectful of tradition and easy to grasp. A man of eclectic tastes, Placeres borrows from jazz, West African folk, and even pop music to cross-pollinate his rhumbas, boleros, sons, and danzons. Central to this album is his voice: warm, inviting, seductive, and at the same time supple and precise. His guitar playing is less impressive, but it remains confined to an accompanying role; so does the piano. The saxophones and flute of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
This is a beautiful production of non-purist Cuban music. Living in Montréal, singer/guitarist Carlos Placeres has teamed with Québec musicians, stating they are more flexible and open to unorthodox ideas. Unorthodox they are, but still very respectful of tradition and easy to grasp. A man of eclectic tastes, Placeres borrows from jazz, West African folk, and even pop music to cross-pollinate his rhumbas, boleros, sons, and danzons. Central to this album is his voice: warm, inviting, seductive, and at the same time supple and precise. His guitar playing is less impressive, but it remains confined to an accompanying role; so does the piano. The saxophones and flute of Guillaume Adan take care of most of the solos and group punches (overdubbed once). Bassist Sylvain Lafrance, drummer Kullak Viger Rojas, and percussionist André Martin form an infectious rhythm section. "El Tema" opens the disc with an irresistible call to dance. The "Rumba en el Solar" is among the most conventional tracks of the album -- and works out very well that way -- while "Ancestros," despite its title, includes a heretic swinging finale. "Bolero Recuerdo" and "Manantial" provide the other highlights of the set. On the other hand, whenever Placeres tries to adopt a crooner attitude, he misses the target (especially in "El Zunzún," which is yawn inducing). But these rare moments aside, A los Ancestros offers a very satisfying platter of Cuban songs, modern while staying true to traditional forms and instrumentation. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2004
  • Label: Analekta
  • UPC: 774204980726
  • Catalog Number: 29807
  • Sales rank: 372,593

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 El Tema (3:16)
  2. 2 Rumba en el Solar (5:42)
  3. 3 Ancestros (4:16)
  4. 4 El Zunzún (4:38)
  5. 5 El Manisero (5:29)
  6. 6 Bolero Recuerdo (3:01)
  7. 7 Cantándole Al Son (5:10)
  8. 8 De Islas Canarias Vino (4:34)
  9. 9 Aguacero de Mayo (5:42)
  10. 10 Manantial (5:17)
  11. 11 Tumbao a Carlos Embale (6:13)
  12. 12 Libertad Espiritual (5:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carlos Placeres Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Tamboura, Bells, Bata, Bombo, Okonkolo, Shekere, Guiro, Choeurs, Chequere
Andre Martin Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Iya, Bata Drums
Guillaume Adan Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Kullak Viger Rojas Bongos, Drums, Timbales, Vocals, Cajon
Sylvian Lafrance Electric Bass, Ampeg Baby Bass
Technical Credits
Joe Lambert Mastering
Moisés Simóns Composer
Michel Pepin Engineer
Jean-Francois Denis Graphic Design, Concept
Mario Labbe Producer
Carl Talbot Producer
Don Murnaghan Engineer
Luc Beauchemin Graphic Design, Concept
Teresita Fernandez Composer
Carlos Placeres Arranger, Liner Notes
Leïla Copti Executive Producer
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