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Blue Cha Cha

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Cuban guitarist Manuel Galbán is quite literally a legend in Cuban music. In his 80 years he was the architect of the hit rock group Los Zafiros' sound; served as musical director of Cuba's national music ensemble; led his own Grupo Batey, which spread the gospel of the island's traditional musical heritage all over the globe; was lead guitarist of the Buena Vista Social Club and played on its members recordings; and cut the Grammy-winning Mambo Sinuendo in an instrumental duet with Ry Cooder. Galbán's Blue Cha Cha was finished shortly before his death in July of 2011 at the age of 80. Produced and arranged by Juan Antonio Leyva and Magda Rosas Galbán the guitarist's piano ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Cuban guitarist Manuel Galbán is quite literally a legend in Cuban music. In his 80 years he was the architect of the hit rock group Los Zafiros' sound; served as musical director of Cuba's national music ensemble; led his own Grupo Batey, which spread the gospel of the island's traditional musical heritage all over the globe; was lead guitarist of the Buena Vista Social Club and played on its members recordings; and cut the Grammy-winning Mambo Sinuendo in an instrumental duet with Ry Cooder. Galbán's Blue Cha Cha was finished shortly before his death in July of 2011 at the age of 80. Produced and arranged by Juan Antonio Leyva and Magda Rosas Galbán the guitarist's piano wizard daughter, it was recorded in Havana. Galbán's trademark electric guitar sound and his discerning, wide-ranging taste are everywhere present. Blue Cha Cha contains boleros, danzons, rhythm & blues, rumbas, mambos, sons, and more. The large cast of musicians includes illustrious singers such as Omara Portuando, Rosa Passos, and Trio Esperança. Kora master Sissoko Ballaké works his magic on the brief but stellar jazz-funk of "Batuca." On the title cut, Galbán melds jazzy rhythm & blues and cha cha. Eric Bibb delivers vocally, rising above the fluid shifting rhythms that somehow never leave the pocket. Galbán's solo is tough, poignant. Then he meets Bibb's acoustic in beautiful call-and-response interplay. On "Duele," Portuando, known for her expressive singing, offers one of the most devastating ballads of her long career as a harp, a cello, and a bass accompany her. Galbán's guitar provides her an empathetic anchor and she lets the sorrow flow -- her vocal sounds as if she is near weeping. "Bossa Cubana" finds Galbán revisiting his time with Los Zafiros, melding everything from mambo and bossa to angular early rock & roll. Passos croons amorously on "Alma Mía," as Galbán winds through a jazz trio and strings with elegance and grace. Blue Cha Cha is not all vintage Cuban music, however. "Rumba del Ángel," written by the guitarist and his daughter, employs her electronic keyboards as well as her piano, aided by the stellar percussion of Andrés Coayo and a wordless female backing vocal chorus -- it's contemporary Cuban jazz with a pop twist. The DVD in the package provides an excellent documentary on the making of the album, including often humorous interviews with Galbán and the producers and selected video performances of some of its tunes. Blue Cha Cha is not a flashy record; instead, it's a carefully arranged, produced, and executed offering reflecting the maestro's astonishing reach, command, and exacting standards. Cuban music fans will rejoice in this brilliant celebration of an artist whose musical powers were enhanced, not diminished, by time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2012
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072336469
  • Catalog Number: 33646
  • Sales rank: 139,659

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pachito Eché (2:27)
  2. 2 Tierno Amanecer (3:15)
  3. 3 Bluechacha (3:48)
  4. 4 Duele (2:53)
  5. 5 Y Deja (2:51)
  6. 6 No Te Importe Saber (4:06)
  7. 7 Batuca (2:38)
  8. 8 Alma Mia (5:15)
  9. 9 Alma De Roca (2:42)
  10. 10 Rumba Del Ángel (3:16)
  11. 11 Bossa Cubana (3:18)
  12. 12 Lluvias De Mayo (4:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Blue Cha Cha
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Manuel Galbán Primary Artist, Electric Guitar
Omara Portuondo Vocals
Trio Esperança Vocals
Enrique Pla Drums
Eric Bibb Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Emilio Morales Piano
Dagoberto González Violin
Efrain Rios Tres
Roberto García Trumpet, Fisarmonica
Andres Coayo Percussion
Rosa Passos Vocals
Ballaké Sissoko Kora
Adam Levy Electric Guitar
Augusto Diago Violin
Evaristo Denis Baritone Saxophone
Frank Rubio Double Bass
Ariel Sarduy Violin
Desirée Justo Violin
Alejandro Rodriguez Cello
José Luís "Chewy" Hernández Tenor Saxophone
Sori Background Vocals
Jesus Cruz Acoustic Guitar, Tres
Marcelo Mercadante Bandoneon
Carlos José Alvarez Trombone
Juan Antonio Leyva Guitar, Conductor, Keyboards, fender rhodes, wah wah guitar
Magda Rosa Galban Piano, Keyboards
Roberto Herrera Viola
Alejandro Rodríguez Tirado Cello
Jannier Rodríguez Background Vocals
Robin Martínez Trumpet
Arema Arega-Negussie Background Vocals
Sisana Martínez Background Vocals
Ivanovis Garzón Trombone
Daniela Guitierrez Violin
Iresi García Violin
Marta Salgado Viola
Janier Rodríguez Background Vocals
Mirtha Batista Harp
Jackeline Vell Background Vocals
Yasel Sanchez Background Vocals
Technical Credits
René Touzet Composer
Eric Bibb Composer
Alex Tovar Composer
Lily Batet Composer
Mark Orton Engineer
Manuel Galbán Composer
Jean Baptiste Moreira Engineer
André Togni Engineer
Gerard Gambus Vocal Arrangements
Daniel Florestano Executive Producer
Maria Grever Composer
Carlos Freitas Mastering
Alberto Vera Morua Composer
Juan Antonio Leyva Arranger, Composer, Producer, Sequencing Programmer
Magda Rosa Galban Arranger, Composer, Producer, Sequencing Programmer
Pau Firpo Engineer
Arantza Benito Melgar Associate Executive Producer
Jéronimo Labrada Hernández Engineer
Wolfano Alejandro Composer
Luis Rawet Chanivecky Composer
Magda Rosa Galbáb Composer
Bea Piloto Composer
Felix Giraldo Composer
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