Bridge to Havana

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Gladys Knight, Jimmy Buffett, Montell Jordan, Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt, and Mick Fleetwood are among the artists who spent a week in Havana, Cuba, writing songs with local artists back in 1999. The collaborations include jazzy interpolations of Cuban material ("Vacil?n," featuring Knight and Cuban producer Edesio Alejandro) and more American-pop styled originals, such as "Walking on Sunshine" (not the Katrina & the Waves song), which features Montell Jordan, Dave Koz, and the Cuban stars X Alfonso and his father, Carlos Alfonso, leader of Dan Den. The overall sound incorporates both smooth jazz and the acoustic guitar style of Cuban trova. Joan Osborne contributes her vocals to a funky charanga for "Just To...
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Gladys Knight, Jimmy Buffett, Montell Jordan, Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt, and Mick Fleetwood are among the artists who spent a week in Havana, Cuba, writing songs with local artists back in 1999. The collaborations include jazzy interpolations of Cuban material ("Vacilón," featuring Knight and Cuban producer Edesio Alejandro) and more American-pop styled originals, such as "Walking on Sunshine" (not the Katrina & the Waves song), which features Montell Jordan, Dave Koz, and the Cuban stars X Alfonso and his father, Carlos Alfonso, leader of Dan Den. The overall sound incorporates both smooth jazz and the acoustic guitar style of Cuban trova. Joan Osborne contributes her vocals to a funky charanga for "Just To Be With You," but such moments of traditional Cuban music are rare here. This bridge to Havana celebrates the contemporary spirit of the island's music, if from a safe standpoint that ignores the huge role of hip-hop in Cuba today. Proceeds from the sale of the album go to Puentes Cubanos, a Miami-based charity aiding Cubans in the U.S.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Bridge to Havana is the recorded result of a U.S. Treasury Department cultural goodwill trip that sent 100 recording artists to Havana to collaborate with Cuba's musicians in writing, recording, and producing new music. Here, vocalists and songwriters such as Gladys Knight, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt, Mick Fleetwood, Joan Osborne, Montell Jordan, N'Dea Davenport, Ruth Merry, Paddy Maloney, and Evan & Jaron hang with Gerardo Alfonso, Luis de la Cruz, Alberto Tosca, Edesio Alejandro, Carlos Alfonso, Carlos Varela, Santiago Feliú, René Baños, Rey Guerra, Pablo Menendez, Manolito Simonet, Augusto Enriquez, and scores of others. This is a mixed bag to be sure, all of it is slick, but most of it is inspired. The standout tracks include "Just to Be Alone With You," with Osborne fronting a band featuring Simonet, Horacio Hernández, and Jose Marie Vitier. Her sultry, poetic, soulful croon fits deep into the modern son groove. It's the rawest cut here, and it doesn't sound like an American pop tune with Cuban musicians. Jordan's "Everybody's Watching Us" fuses soul and son, and Chapman's "Not So Close Not So Far" features Varela's and Santiago Feliú's gorgeous lead vocals in Spanish meeting her English vocal entwined in an earthy song of union, hope, and determination. The Osborne and Chapman tracks are almost worth the purchase price alone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2004
  • Label: Pyramid Records
  • UPC: 802469103120
  • Catalog Number: 691031
  • Sales rank: 13,330

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Feelin' Good (Vacilon) - Edesio Alejandro (3:42)
  2. 2 Everybody's Watching Us - Gerardo Alfonso (3:06)
  3. 3 Hey Hey - Alberto Tosca (3:58)
  4. 4 Walking on Sunshine - James Slater (3:43)
  5. 5 Not So Close Not So Far (4:19)
  6. 6 Unlonely - Paul Pettitt (3:50)
  7. 7 Que Importa (3:28)
  8. 8 La Brisa Azul (5:23)
  9. 9 Keeps Me Hangin' On (4:00)
  10. 10 Just to Be Alone With You - Manolito (4:44)
  11. 11 Volveré (3:35)
  12. 12 One World (7:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Síntesis Background Vocals
Harold Payne Guitar, Background Vocals
Ruth Merry Vocals
Technical Credits
Stewart Copeland Engineer
Ed Cherney Engineer
Andrew Kastner Engineer
G. Knight Composer
Don Was Engineer
Todd Smallwood Producer, Engineer
Richard Serotta Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Rick Cowling Engineer
Allen Jacobi Executive Producer
Dennis Mays Engineer
Edesio Alejandro Engineer
Marc Bennett Art Direction, Cover Art
H. Hernández Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    This CD is the perfect blend of Cuban music and American pop/jazz. It does not matter what language you speak, the rythm and the beat of every song will take you to an unexplored dimension. Full of feeling! and memories...Excellent work!

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