Cuba Linda

Cuba Linda

by Alfredo Rodriguez
     
 

Pianist Rodriguez serves up a panoramic view of Afro-Cuban music on this dizzyingly varied release. He uses different-sized lineups, but his literate, complementary piano playing is in the midst of it all. Some of the more prominent sidemen include trumpeter Jesus Alemany, saxophonist/percussionist …  See more details below

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Pianist Rodriguez serves up a panoramic view of Afro-Cuban music on this dizzyingly varied release. He uses different-sized lineups, but his literate, complementary piano playing is in the midst of it all. Some of the more prominent sidemen include trumpeter Jesus Alemany, saxophonist/percussionist Yosvany Terry, percussionists Tata Guines and Monguito, bassist Carlos Del Puerto, Jr., and, on loan from Orquesta Aragon, flautist Eduardo Rubio and violinists Dagoberto and Lazarito Gonzalez. Rodriguez contributes some writing and arranging. The album's most jazz-oriented number, "Tumbao a Peruchin," is an all-out descarga/jam composed by Rodriguez and featuring Peruchin Jr. on guitar. "Tumba, Mi Tumba," also composed by Rodriguez, is a Haitian francesa arranged and directed by Leonardo Alexander; dancing drums and Enrique Navarro's flute keep the pianist jumping on this number. Rodriguez also penned "Mercedita Ya Me Voy," which features vocal choir chants and an uptempo bridge driven by montuno piano and the Gonzalez brothers' forceful violins. The conga-driven "Para Francia Flores" features Valentin Serrano Pezo on a Chinese cornet, while "Canto de Palo" speaks to spirits of the deceased, with Rodriguez' piano intensifying the inquiring chants. More tranquil is the montuno violin-led version of "What a Difference a Day's Made," which features Rubio's exceptional flute playing. The simmering title cut contains a long vocal and percussion intro and Rodriguez's placid yet ruminating piano. No stone is left unturned on this program of variety, depth, and fine musicianship. The CD was recorded at the famed Egrem Studios in Havana with local musicians. It's a fine example of what's happening in this music today, and it makes a strong argument for Rodriguez as one of the best Afro-Cuban pianist/bandleaders going.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/21/1997
Label:
Hannibal
UPC:
0031257139922
catalogNumber:
571399

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alfredo Rodriguez   Primary Artist
Enrique Navarro   Flute
Dave Pattman   Bongos
Carlos Puerto   Bass
Tata Güines   Conga
Jesús Alemañy   Trumpet
Yosvany Terry Cabrera   Tenor Saxophone,Claves,cowbell
Luis Alemañy   Trumpet
Alexis Achavarria Altes   Bass
Húbert Castañera   Percussion
Amado J. Dedeu   Percussion,Conga,Bata,Palittos
Mario Dreque   Choir, Chorus
Juan Palacio "Maño" Duany   Percussion,Choir, Chorus
Luis Mariano Garbey   Vocals
Carlos Godinez   Bells,Guiro
Mario "Aspirina" Jauregui   Percussion,Conga,Bata
Xiomara Larrinaga   Choir, Chorus
Pedro Justiz Marquez   Guitar
Juan Carlos Gutierrez Mesa   Choir, Chorus
Justo Pelladito   Percussion,Conga,Bata
Andrea Quiala Venet   Choir, Chorus
Leonardo Alexander   Choir, Chorus
Rafael Cervantes   Percussion
Liz Rodriguez   Choir, Chorus
Tumba Francesa   Percussion

Technical Credits

Alfredo Rodriguez   Arranger
Joe Boyd   Producer
Jerry Boys   Engineer
Mike Charroppin   Arranger,Liner Notes
Luis Mariano Garbey   Composer
Leonardo Alexander   Arranger,Director
Traditional   Composer

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