Arroz Con Mango

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Timba is modern Cuban music informed equally by funk, rumba, smooth jazz, and a bit of hip-hop. As such, it's generally hated by the nostalgists in Miami's hard-line exile community. But here comes Tiempo Libre, a timba group straight outta Jeb Bush's Florida, singing not only about the usual sex and romance but also, on "Arroz con Mango," the strange double life of first- and second-generation Cuban Americans. Just hearing a Cuban band playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" or "Come to Miami" over a clave beat is revolutionary enough, but Tiempo Libre also improve on the timba form. The ten tracks here present a hard-hitting dance music stripped almost to its essence, and...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Timba is modern Cuban music informed equally by funk, rumba, smooth jazz, and a bit of hip-hop. As such, it's generally hated by the nostalgists in Miami's hard-line exile community. But here comes Tiempo Libre, a timba group straight outta Jeb Bush's Florida, singing not only about the usual sex and romance but also, on "Arroz con Mango," the strange double life of first- and second-generation Cuban Americans. Just hearing a Cuban band playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" or "Come to Miami" over a clave beat is revolutionary enough, but Tiempo Libre also improve on the timba form. The ten tracks here present a hard-hitting dance music stripped almost to its essence, and given the drippy excesses of most Cuban timba groups, this is a good thing. The exciting vamps, with their explosive drum fills, stabbing horns, and nervously escalating piano montunos, hit early in the songs, before the jazz-lite keys get too distracting. Vocalist Jorge "El Kid" Diaz may not deliver the firepower of his colleagues in Los Van Van, Bamboleo, or NG la Banda, but the melodies by director Jorge Gomez are strong enough to compensate, and by the time those vamps hit, the collective steam raised by the band makes the lead vocal almost superfluous. All the syncopation may be hard to navigate at first, but newcomers to timba couldn't ask for a better introduction than Tiempo Libre.
All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
What happens when a bunch of Cuban expatriate ENA Escuela Nacional de Artes graduates hanging around Miami have a little spare time between salsa gigs? In the case of Tiempo Libre Spare Time, they formed the first and finest truly authentic timba group in the United States. No doubt missing the new and hip music of their generation after leaving the streets of Havana, the young musicians longed for a group that would scratch the itch for something more musically satisfying. And satisfying it is. In genuine timba style, Arroz con Mango signifying something unusual or unexpected features both salsa favorites done in a modern style and timba originals. Tiempo Libre are a small group by timba standards, partially because of the daunting financial prospect of launching a 15-piece orquesta, and partially because the musicians are good enough to do double duty, almost every instrumentalist also singing coro. With arrangements as complex and a band sound as swinging as any of their Havana counterparts, Tiempo Libre have quickly become one of the most respected Latin groups in the States.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351663528
  • Catalog Number: 66035
  • Sales rank: 379,794

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Cosa (4:10)
  2. 2 Ven Pa' Miami (4:50)
  3. 3 Arroz Con Mango (3:42)
  4. 4 Lengua Larga (4:25)
  5. 5 Un Son (4:09)
  6. 6 Pare Cochero (4:21)
  7. 7 Esa Mujer (4:41)
  8. 8 Fe (2:41)
  9. 9 Se Formó la Rumba (4:12)
  10. 10 Se Ponen (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tiempo Libre Primary Artist
Fernando Pina Bongos, Drums, Timbales, Shekere, cowbell
Jorge Gomez Piano, Coro, Musical Direction
Leandro Gonzalez Conga, Coro
Eduardo Quintana Saxophone, Wind Controller
Technical Credits
Miguel Ángel Composer
Alex Arias Engineer, Mastering
Fernando Pina Composer
Jorge Gomez Arranger, Producer
Angel Arce Composer
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