Buenos Hermanos

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Ry Cooder and his Buena Vista Social Club pals painted themselves into one exquisite corner with the multi-platinum success of their Cuban all-stars. After resuscitating the careers of senior-citizen singers such as Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo, and Omara Portuondo with nostalgic, sepia-toned albums that reprised Havana's greatest hits, how to keep them fresh? With this risky, rewarding set, Ferrer's follow-up to his 1999 1.5 million seller, the Club shows off muscle that's as surprising as Ferrer's preternaturally preserved croon. The velvet-voiced singer was ready for it, having since recorded with Senegal's Orchestra Baobab and Damon Albarn's Gorillaz, but what ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Ry Cooder and his Buena Vista Social Club pals painted themselves into one exquisite corner with the multi-platinum success of their Cuban all-stars. After resuscitating the careers of senior-citizen singers such as Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo, and Omara Portuondo with nostalgic, sepia-toned albums that reprised Havana's greatest hits, how to keep them fresh? With this risky, rewarding set, Ferrer's follow-up to his 1999 1.5 million seller, the Club shows off muscle that's as surprising as Ferrer's preternaturally preserved croon. The velvet-voiced singer was ready for it, having since recorded with Senegal's Orchestra Baobab and Damon Albarn's Gorillaz, but what fun it is to hear his Nat Cole warble over the low-rider honk of the title track, or lighting a fire under "Oye Consejo," the rock 'n' roll rumba that closes the disc. Anchored by the same gang that recorded Cooder's excellent Mambo Sinuendo -- Manuel Galbán on guitar and organ, Orlando "Cachaíto" López on bass, conguero Miguel Angá Díaz, the traps duo of Jim Keltner and Joachim Cooder, and plenty of ringing guitar by Ry himself -- Buenos Hermanos aims at making Cuban music history rather than just recapturing it. Guitar licks duke it out with piano solos by maestro Chucho Valdés; eccentric percussion clatters and crashes; organs growl; accordions honk; and Afro-Cuban vamps gather a loose-limbed, jam-band intensity. Cooder gives Ferrer a chance to show off his lisping pipes on a bolero or two, but with a difference -- "Naufragio" Shipwrecked has a boozy sentimentality that Tom Waits would envy. "Perfume de Gardenia," featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama and some breathy baritone sax, has a New Orleans R&B feel. Indeed, in contrast to the dusty BVSC groove, the atmosphere here is steamy, especially when Ferrer and friends fire up son montuno, as on "Hay Que Entrarle a Palo a Ese," which borrows its organ vamp from Eddie Palmieri's classic Sing-Sing rendition of "Vamonos Pal Monte." From the start to finish, this engaging set proves that the old Social Club is still a plenty lively place.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Ibrahim Ferrer, the "official" lead vocalist of Buena Vista Social Club, and producer Ry Cooder take numerous chances and many labyrinthine journeys guaranteed to piss off all of the purists on their third collaboration for the World Circuit/Nonesuch label, yet manage to come up with the most beautiful fruit of their collaborative efforts to date. The pair took tons of chances, recording both in Havana and in Los Angeles and bringing in not only additional musicians among Cuba's top session players -- such as guitarist and keyboardist Manuel Galban, Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez on bass, and Miguel Diaz on congas, to name three of more than a dozen -- but also adding Jim Keltner to the drum mix, along with Cooder's son, Joachim, who handles these chores on every track. Keltner, the younger Cooder, Ry, and Galban also play together on a few tracks. But add to this already eclectic mix master Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes and vanguard textural trumpeter Jon Hassell as well as the Blind Boys of Alabama on one cut and you have a recording that is at once celebratory, charming, eclectic, and, well, brilliant. Ferrer's talents as a vocalist transcend all boundaries and musical types, yet he makes every song a Cuban song, one rooted in the earthy spirit of his native Havana. "Perfume de Gardenias" has the Blind Boys replacing Ferrer's regular Cuban chorus of backing vocalists and features the great saxophonist Gil Bernal as well as Galban on a wonderfully understated yet commandingly melodic piano. The track lies in the seam, where the Blind Boys add a more restrained and rounded backing to Ferrer's pricelessly gorgeous croon; Bernal and Galban move this folky ballad into the realms of a jazz/pop tune, and it still comes off as a firmly Cuban song, rooted in the heat, the rhythm, and the passion of everyday life in Havana. "Mil Congojas," which follows immediately, features the band backed by a string orchestra. Ferrer feeds off the atmospherics and allows his voice to literally drip from his throat and enter the mix as if he were singing to the angels. In addition, coming off these two ballads, so silky and gorgeous, is "Hay Que Entrale a Palo a Ese," a steaming son with a large percussion section shoring up the backing chorus and Ferrer using a rapid-fire delivery to add to the rhythmic intensity of the track. In addition, there is Valdes' "Boliviana," a folky love song rooted in the traditional melodies of Cuban Indios and extrapolated to fit a more contemporary Afro-Cuban musical framework -- Abdullah Ibrahim himself could have composed the music here, so saturated in South African melodic and harmonic structures it is, with Valdes' sense of blurred, elongated time signatures and shifting rhythmic patterns. Hassell's trumpet adds a wonderfully simplistic element to the female backing chorus and Ferrer pours his heart into every crack and crevice of the song, splitting it wide open and letting its longing show through. The record closes with a burner, "Oy el Consejo," once again a traditional call-and-response son tuned into an intensely rhythmic polysyllabic poem via Ferrer's no-holds-barred vocal. In sum, this album reveals what is truly possible when musicians of other cultures get together to serve the music, not individual talents. And though Ferrer proves himself yet again to be one of the world's greatest treasures as a singer, he is always loyal to Cuba, ever the slave of the rhythm, ever the angel of the song itself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2003
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597965025
  • Catalog Number: 79650

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ibrahim Ferrer Primary Artist, Vocals
Clarence Fountain Vocals
Jon Hassell Trumpet
Ry Cooder Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Joe Williams Vocals
Chucho Valdés Piano
Jim Keltner Drums
Gil Bernal Tenor Saxophone
Joachim Cooder Drums
Flaco Jiménez Accordion
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez Bass
Enrique Navarro Viola
Modero Mekanisi Alto Saxophone
Miguel "Angá" Diaz Bongos, Conga, Claves
Luis Alemañy Trumpet
Manuel "El Guajiro" Mirabal Trumpet
Demetrio Muniz Conga, Coro
Javier Zalba Alto Saxophone
Isél Martínez Bongos
Rogelio Martinez Jr. Violin
José Antonio Rodríguez Coro
Antonio Jimenez Tenor Saxophone
Bernardo Choven Garcia Conga
Gerardo García Violin
Alejandro Pichardo Trumpet
Amadito Valdés Timbales
Lázaro Villa Coro
Alfred Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Roy Avila Cello
Ventura Gutierrez Baritone Saxophone
Pepe Maza Coro
Hugo Cruz Violin
Robert Herrera Viola
Mario Fernandez Violin
Manuel Galbán Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Coro
Ricardo Fernandez Viola
Rafael 'Jimmy' Jenks Tenor Saxophone
Arelis Zaldivar Cello
Dennis Manuel Coro
Roberto Fonseca Piano
Marta Amelia Salgado Viola
Iván Valiente Bass
José G. Marón Viola
Silvio Duquesne Violin
Ana Julia Badia Violin
Ariel Sarduy Violin
Pantaleón Sánchez Alto Saxophone
Andrés Escalona Bass
Carla Commagere Coro
Juliette Commagere Coro
Alejandro Rodriguez Cello
Technical Credits
Ry Cooder Producer
Miguel Matamoros Composer
Jerry Boys Engineer, Mastering
Nick Gold Executive Producer
Marcelino Guerra Composer
Rail Jon Rogut Digital Editing
Tom Leader Mastering
Demetrio Muniz Musical Director
Rosendo Ruíz Composer
Ibrahim Ferrer Composer
Agustín Lara Y Sus Ritmos Composer
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