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Cuba Linda

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
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: 1/21/1997
  • Label: Hannibal
  • UPC: 031257139922
  • Catalog Number: 571399

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alfredo Rodriguez Primary Artist
Enrique Navarro Flute
Dave Pattman Bongos
Carlos Puerto Jr. 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
Tim Young Mastering
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