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Chanchullo
     

Chanchullo

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by Rubén González
 

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Buena Vista Social Club pianist Rubén González not only recorded one of the most delayed debuts of all time -- he was 77 when Introducing...Rubén González hit stores -- but at age 82, he's surely one of the oldest performers to vanquish the music biz's famous sophomore slump

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Buena Vista Social Club pianist Rubén González not only recorded one of the most delayed debuts of all time -- he was 77 when Introducing...Rubén González hit stores -- but at age 82, he's surely one of the oldest performers to vanquish the music biz's famous sophomore slump. Chanchullo, recorded with González's touring band plus a number of BVSC alumni and Cuban all-stars such as vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer, tresero Papi Oviedo, and flutist Richard Egües, is remarkably loose and assured, considering the somewhat staid demeanor evinced on Introducing.... Whereas the latter paid homage to jazz and elegant ballroom styles of '40s Havana, Chanchullo is a look back at the young González who backed up Cuba's blind genius Arsenio Rodriguez on hard-charging, sexy son and mambo. With a broad, elegiac tone that recalls McCoy Tyner, González is a stylistic virtuoso, deploying his encyclopedic technique without any professorial baggage. Indeed, his mastery of both classical music and more refined Cuban rhythms such as the danzón is what attracted the pianist's biggest fan Ry Cooder in the first place. The title track incorporates bits of Cuban classics like "El Manisero" alongside snatches of the classical repertoire, but González tosses off these asides with sophisticated nonchalance. Another standout is the vigorous posse cut "Choco's Guajira," which features Ferrer, Sengelese star Cheikh Lo, and Cooder, and conveys González's gutsy approach to the ivories. This swinging second outing not only tops his debut, it's easily the most accessible and enjoyable solo album in the growing Buena Vista catalogue.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
While perhaps a little bit more rambling and less focused than his American solo debut Introducing Ruben Gonzalez, this album nonetheless presents some lush piano arrangements supported by mellow Cuban percussion. Gonzalez is an extremely fluid player and his sometimes complex improvisations seem to constantly come off without a hitch, which is amazing considering that he is in his eighties. The songs range from sweet and light to more passionate and forceful, but throughout, Gonzalez's unique sense of joy shines through. This album also features a brief appearance from vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer, who gained fame with Gonzalez through his work with the Buena Vista Social Club. That project has spawned a number of albums which, surprisingly, have nearly all been quality productions. This recording is certainly not the exception to the rule.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2000
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597950328
catalogNumber:
79503

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rubén González   Primary Artist
Joachim Cooder   Drums
Eliades Ochoa   Guitar
Papi Oviedo   Tres
Miguel "Angá" Diaz   Conga
Cheikh Lô   Vocals
Javier Zalba   Baritone Saxophone
Roberto García   Bongos,cowbell,Guiro
Ibrahim Ferrer   Vocals
Amadito Valdés   Timbales
Angel Terry   Conga

Technical Credits

Jerry Boys   Engineer
John Fordham   Liner Notes
Nick Gold   Producer
Cristina Piza   Cover Photo
Simon Burwell   Engineer
Oscar Iván Treviño   Composer
Cachao   Composer

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Chanchullo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...which is simply enchanting and flawless, the production quality of this album is fabulous. Too many of today's producers and engineers seem to have gone deaf, and they think we have, too. Not here. This CD was made to be listened to without insulting your ears.