A Toda Cuba Le Gusta

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All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
A lively, spontaneous record that manages to sound both relaxed and forceful at the same time, A Toda Cuba Le Gusta shows off the talents of many of Cuba's elder statesmen of Afro-Cuban jazz. Over gently pulsating conga grooves and low-register ostinatos, such luminaries as pianist Ruben Gonzalez and singer Manuel "Puntillita" Licea float dramatic melodies, as their solo contributions are answered by brass section chords as thick and sweet as cane syrup. Although it is Ruben Gonzalez' presence on this album that gets the most attention, his tendency towards relentless chromaticism becomes tiresome early on, especially when it is contrasted with the exquisite phrasing and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
A lively, spontaneous record that manages to sound both relaxed and forceful at the same time, A Toda Cuba Le Gusta shows off the talents of many of Cuba's elder statesmen of Afro-Cuban jazz. Over gently pulsating conga grooves and low-register ostinatos, such luminaries as pianist Ruben Gonzalez and singer Manuel "Puntillita" Licea float dramatic melodies, as their solo contributions are answered by brass section chords as thick and sweet as cane syrup. Although it is Ruben Gonzalez' presence on this album that gets the most attention, his tendency towards relentless chromaticism becomes tiresome early on, especially when it is contrasted with the exquisite phrasing and tremulous beauty of singers such as Licea, Raul Planas, and Ibrahum Ferrer. As would be expected, the trumpets blare with traditional Cuban bravado, evoking gentle romance and fiery passion with equal ease. Even the resident gringo, Ry Cooder, gets in some choice licks on "Alto Songo." The relative lack of dynamic movement in most of these songs may lead to them blending together in the ear of the listener, but the inherent tunefulness of each track, not to mention the sheer drive that this band is capable of summoning, cancels that complaint out nicely. An important collaboration and a promising debut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/1997
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597947625
  • Catalog Number: 79476
  • Sales rank: 13,918

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Afro-Cuban All Stars Primary Artist
Ry Cooder Slide Guitar
Pío Leyva Vocals
Carlos Alvarez Trombone
Rubén González Piano
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez Bass
Alberto Valdés Maracas, Choir, Chorus
Daniel Ramos Trumpet
Miguel Angá Conga
Richard Egües Flute
Luis Alemañy Trumpet
Carlos González Bongos
Manuel "El Guajiro" Mirabal Trumpet
Demetrio Muniz Trombone
Félix Valoy Vocals
Javier Zalba Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Julienne Oviedo Sánchez Timbales
Ibrahim Ferrer Vocals
Raúl Planas Vocals
Juan de Marcos González Leader, Choir, Chorus
Barbarito Torres Laoud
Manuel "Puntillita" Licea Vocals
Carlos Puisseaux Guiro
José Antonio "Maceo" Rodríguez Vocals
Luis Barzaga Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Jerry Boys Engineer
Nick Gold Producer
Alberto Valdés Contributor
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Jenny Adlington translation
Dave Bernez Mastering
Demetrio Muniz Arranger
Kathryn Samson Contributor, Cover Design
Juan de Marcos González Arranger, Director, Producer, Lyric Transcription, Song Notes
Francesca Clarke translation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CUBAN SON LIVES! CD IHAVE BEEN WAITING FOR

    THIS CD HAS GREAT'S CUBAN MUSIC FROM 30's and 40's,50's with all different musical styles from son,guaracha,cha cha cha,and many more. Also it has the forgotten cuban soneros [singers]. I want thank juan de marco gonzales,ry cooder,nick gold,for all this.

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