Calle Salud

Calle Salud

by Compay Segundo
     
 

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Buena Vista's most huggable oldster, Compay Segundo, is not resting on his -- or anyone else's -- laurels -- his first American solo album, CALLE SALUD, is readily distinguished from the work of the Social Club. It's a small group affair, with an unusual triple-clarinet consort (Segundo's first instrument as a teen) lending an antique air to a mix of original and… See more details below

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Buena Vista's most huggable oldster, Compay Segundo, is not resting on his -- or anyone else's -- laurels -- his first American solo album, CALLE SALUD, is readily distinguished from the work of the Social Club. It's a small group affair, with an unusual triple-clarinet consort (Segundo's first instrument as a teen) lending an antique air to a mix of original and classic numbers. A witness to the birth of urban Cuban music, Segundo brings Afro-Cuban rumba ("Saludo a Changó"), a pinch of country guajira styles, and some Dixieland elements to bear on his own compositions, which ring with his virile baritone. The iconoclastic Segundo plays an axe of his own invention, the armonico, which combines the effects of guitar and trés and deploys his foghorn vocals in harmony with Hugo Garzón, and on one track, with French star Charles Aznavour. Departing from the BVSC formula, Segundo's vintage sound brings new/old resonance to these already classic songs, including Maria Teresa Vera's indomitable "Lagrimas Negras." Which is a feat for an artist a quarter of his age. But Compay's learned enough in his 93 years to include a new version of his megahit "Chan Chan" anyway.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Philip Van Vleck
Compay Segundo is one of the legends of Cuban music. When he started playing the clarinet in the municipal band of Santiago de Cuba as a teenager, the world was just recovering from World War I. Segundo is one of the musicians who shaped the Cuban son style. More recently, he was a major contributor to 1999's surprise hit Buena Vista Social Club. Segundo is a well-respected clarinetist and guitarist, and he's probably been even more widely celebrated in Cuba for his bass vocal harmonies. Calle Salud treats listeners to a truly old-world sound. Segundo and his collaborators reprise tunes in the son, bolero-son, merengue, son-afro, and cha cha styles. Within this incredibly mellow and unfailingly romantic music, the listener will notice the dominance of the clarinet and guitars and the absence of brass, which is typical of pre-1940s son, giving the music a gentle, lyrical feel, yet maintaining a beat that's every bit as rhythmic as modern salsa or samba. For the most part, Segundo's music is for slow dancers, though a son number like "Viejos Sones de Santiago" is as rumba-friendly as timba, the currently-happening Cuban dance music.
Downbeat - Aaron Cohen
A few years before anybody heard of Benny Goodman, Segundo himself played clarinet and his youthful experience on the instrument may have contributed to the skillful arrangements on this disc.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/1999
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597957822
catalogNumber:
79578

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Compay Segundo   Primary Artist
Alejandro Rodriguez   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Claves
Rey Guerra   Rhythm Guitar
Lazaro Rivero   Background Vocals,Double Bass
Roberto Vizcaíno   Bata,Tambor,Chequere
Benito Suárez   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Salvador Repilado   Harmonica,Double Bass,Vocal Harmony
Hugo Garzón   Maracas,Vocals,Background Vocals,Claves,Guiro
Haskell Armenteros   Clarinet,Background Vocals
Rafael Fournier   Bongos,Timbales
Rafael Lázaro Inciarte   Clarinet,Background Vocals
Julio Iznaga   cowbell,Pailas
Vionaika Martínez   Vocals
Rosendo Nardo   Bass Clarinet
Mayelín Pérez   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Julio Iznaga Piña   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Luis F. Lázaro   Producer,Executive Producer
Francesca Clarke   translation
Salvador Repilado   Arranger,Musical Director
Virgillo "El Gallego" Fernández   Producer,Engineer
Alfredo Le Pera   Composer

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