Cuba: The Trova

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Before Afro-Cuban music was embraced by Puerto Ricans and came to be called salsa -- before Beny More, Tito Puente, Machito, Xavier Cugat and Tito Rodriguez led large dance orchestras -- Cuba was known for the trova. Playing an abundance of ballads, Cuban trovadores favored simplicity and went for small, minimalist groups. Some of the early trovadores didn't use any percussion whatsoever -- strictly guitar and vocals -- and that type of minimalism prevails on this excellent CD. Recalling the trovadores of pre-salsa Cuba, Trio Yagua consists of singer Joel Diaz and guitarists Feliz Valera and Francisco Salbon. Cuba -- The Trova was recorded in Cuba's Santiago Province in ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Before Afro-Cuban music was embraced by Puerto Ricans and came to be called salsa -- before Beny More, Tito Puente, Machito, Xavier Cugat and Tito Rodriguez led large dance orchestras -- Cuba was known for the trova. Playing an abundance of ballads, Cuban trovadores favored simplicity and went for small, minimalist groups. Some of the early trovadores didn't use any percussion whatsoever -- strictly guitar and vocals -- and that type of minimalism prevails on this excellent CD. Recalling the trovadores of pre-salsa Cuba, Trio Yagua consists of singer Joel Diaz and guitarists Feliz Valera and Francisco Salbon. Cuba -- The Trova was recorded in Cuba's Santiago Province in March 1997, but much of the material could have been recorded in 1927, 1937 or 1947. Diaz, a warm and expressive singer, contributed a few songs of his own to the session, but Trio Yagua's primary emphasis is on trova classics like Sindo Gray's "La Tarde," Maria Teresa Vera's "Veinte Anos" and Ernesto Lecuona's "Aquella Tarde." The composer that Trio Yagua pays the most attention to, however, is Miguel Matamoros. "Juramento," "El Beso De Tu Boca" and "Olvido" were all written by the prolific Cuban, whose Trio Matamoros was best known for "Son De La Loma." Being an effective trovadore requires a certain charm, and Diaz brings plenty of it to this heartfelt recording.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • Label: Nimbus Records
  • UPC: 710357556524
  • Catalog Number: 5565

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aquella Tarde (3:02)
  2. 2 Juramento (2:43)
  3. 3 Canto Para Mi Montuna (4:47)
  4. 4 Arrepentida (2:29)
  5. 5 Pensamiento (2:46)
  6. 6 Las Perlas de Tu Boca (2:28)
  7. 7 Alma de Roca (3:01)
  8. 8 Amorosa Guajira (3:29)
  9. 9 Olvido (2:44)
  10. 10 Longina (4:11)
  11. 11 Si Llego a Besarte (2:25)
  12. 12 El Arroyo Que Murmura (2:29)
  13. 13 Y Tú Qué Has Hecho? (2:46)
  14. 14 La Tarde (2:48)
  15. 15 El Arbol (3:26)
  16. 16 Soy Feliz con Mi Guajira (3:18)
  17. 17 El Beso de Tu Boca (3:18)
  18. 18 Veinte Años (3:11)
  19. 19 El Amor de Mi Bohio (3:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Trio Yagua Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Félix Valera Miranda Guitar
Julio Brito Leader
Marcos Perdomo Guitar
Technical Credits
Robin Broadbank Producer, Engineer
Bart Gruson Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, translation
Mayari Arriba Producer, Engineer
Gideon Mendel Cover Art
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