Buena Vista Social Club Presents: Manuel Guajiro Mirabal

Buena Vista Social Club Presents: Manuel Guajiro Mirabal

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by Manuel "El Guajiro" Mirabal
     
 

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The Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon, over seven years old upon the release of trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal's debut, hasn't run out of steam by a long shot. In fact, the unassuming horn player's moment in the spotlight is the most powerful BVSC joint in a while, thanks in a large part to the repertoire. This fiery disc pays exclusive tribute to Cuba's peerless Arsenio

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The Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon, over seven years old upon the release of trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal's debut, hasn't run out of steam by a long shot. In fact, the unassuming horn player's moment in the spotlight is the most powerful BVSC joint in a while, thanks in a large part to the repertoire. This fiery disc pays exclusive tribute to Cuba's peerless Arsenio Rodriguez, a blind guitarist as important to Latin dance music as Chuck Berry is to rock 'n' roll. It was Rodriguez who minted the conjunto format -- piano, trés, horns, bass, and, most important, Afro-Cuban percussion -- and he did it over some of the most enduring songs to emerge from the island. Fourteen of them (including a medley) are assayed by an all-star ensemble including the trés wizard Papi Oviedo (a Rodriguez contemporary), percussionists Angá Diaz and Amadito Valdés, bassist Cachaito, Manuel Galbán on guitar, and vocalists such as Ibrahim Ferrer. "Dombe Dombe" features the late piano maestro Ruben Gonzalez, who performed with Rodriguez's conjunto in the '40s. Given the poor quality of most of Arsenio's original recordings, these stunning performances -- caught essentially live at the EGREM studios -- and exquisitely tannic sound make for what's easily the best collection of Rodriguez material since New York salsero Larry Harlow's 1971 Tributo a Arsenio.. The originals, truncated to fit 78 rpm discs, are stretched out here, giving a more realistic idea of how El Ciego Maravilloso might have played them, and when Guajiro fires up a piercing trumpet solo, you can feel the whole ensemble lift off. Classic Cuban music doesn't get much better.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/04/2005
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597981025
catalogNumber:
79810

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Manuel "El Guajiro" Mirabal   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Rubén González   Piano
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez   Bass
Papi Oviedo   Tres
Alberto Valdés   Maracas
Miguel "Angá" Diaz   Conga
Rolando Sanchez   Alto Saxophone
Carlos González   Bongos
Enrique Lazaga   Guiro
Demetrio Muniz   Vocals
Javier Zalba   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Roberto García   Bongos
Antonio Jimenez   Tenor Saxophone
José A. Castañeda   Tres
Ibrahim Ferrer   Vocals
Juan de Marcos González   Coro
Alejandro Pichardo   Trumpet
Aldo del Rio   Vocals
Amadito Valdés   Timbales
Lázaro Villa   Coro
Alfred Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Ventura Gutierrez   Baritone Saxophone
Pepe Maza   Vocals,Claves,Coro
Victor Villa   Coro
Manuel Galbán   Guitar
Yaure Muñiz   Trumpet
Policarop "Polo" Tamayo   Flute
Rafael 'Jimmy' Jenks   Tenor Saxophone
Roberto Fonseca   Piano
Carlos Manuel Calunga   Vocals,Coro
Luis Alemány Conde   Trumpet
Diego Coppinger   Coro
Tirso Oriol Duarte Lescay   Vocals,Coro
Manuel Denis Martínez   Coro
Lázaro Miguel   Coro
Johnny Neptuno   Tres
Diego Ramon Palacio   Vocals,Coro
Pantaleón Sánchez   Alto Saxophone
Jesús "Aguaje" Ramos   Trombone,Coro

Technical Credits

Jerry Boys   Engineer
Nick Gold   Producer,Sleeve Notes
Rubén González   Arranger
Demetrio Muniz   Musical Director
Luis Marquetti   Composer
Arsenio Rodríguez Scull   Arranger

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Buena Vista Social Club Presents: Manuel Guajiro Mirabal 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Each cut is better than the one before it; you will think you are on a street corner in Old Havana!