Flor de Amor

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Most know Omara Portuondo from her appearances with the Buena Vista Social Club, including her show-stopping performances of the boleros "Silencio" and "Veinte Años." But there's much more to her talent, and Flor de amor endeavors to show just that. Portuondo, who approaches 75 with this recording, made her name as "la novia de filin," an exemplar of a Cuban guitar-based music with echoes in bossa nova and American cool jazz, popular in the '50s and '60s. Fittingly, Flor frees her from the constraints of the BVSC's '30s and '40s repertoire. Co-producer Alê Siqueira, who piloted the Latin Grammy nominated Tribalistas album with Carlinhos Brown, Marisa Monte, and Arnaldo Antunes, lends his contemporary acoustic ...
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Editorial Reviews

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Most know Omara Portuondo from her appearances with the Buena Vista Social Club, including her show-stopping performances of the boleros "Silencio" and "Veinte Años." But there's much more to her talent, and Flor de amor endeavors to show just that. Portuondo, who approaches 75 with this recording, made her name as "la novia de filin," an exemplar of a Cuban guitar-based music with echoes in bossa nova and American cool jazz, popular in the '50s and '60s. Fittingly, Flor frees her from the constraints of the BVSC's '30s and '40s repertoire. Co-producer Alê Siqueira, who piloted the Latin Grammy nominated Tribalistas album with Carlinhos Brown, Marisa Monte, and Arnaldo Antunes, lends his contemporary acoustic smarts. Rounding up Brazilian musicians and presenting a song written for Omara by Brown, Siqueira respectfully updates this versatile vocalist's profile. Joining Portuondo are a gallery of Cuban stars, including legendary tresero Isaac "Papi" Oviedo, Zafiros guitarist Manuel Galbán, Cachaíto López on bass, Roberto Fonseca on piano, and percussionist Miguel “Angá” Diaz.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Flor de Amor is the second World Circuit outing for Cuban diva Omara Portuondo, whose debut for the label topped the world music charts in 2000. This time out, Portuondo and producers Nick Gold, Jerry Boys, and Alé Siqueira assemble a sultry, steamy, and extremely elegant collection of love songs that are steeped in the popular Cuban bolero, rhumba, ritmo, guajira, and mambo traditions, but there is also the airiness of Brazilian pop music in the tunes produced by Siqueira. The players are from three generations of Cuban studio musicians, and include Barbarito Torres, Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez, Manuel Galbán, Roberto Fonseca, Carlos Emilio, and dozens of others, with a few Anglo players and singers as well. This is one of the most elegant recordings to come from the Buena Vista Social Club set. The album opens with the ethereal "Tabú." It is a song of longing for Africa with a gorgeous clarinet line played by Javier Zalba and a wispy backing chorus that winds around Portuondo; she blends in a Yoruban spiritual chant without breaking stride or upsetting the nocturnal balance of the tune. Jorge Chicoy's trademark electric guitar sound graces many of these tunes, with none so beautiful as "Amor de Mis Amores" "Love of my life/Lifeblood of my veins/Give me the bloom of hope/Let me tell you the bittersweet truth/Of my suffering...", with its chorus and entwining guitars and percussion. The classic "Amorosa Guajira" is haunting and tender; it features the singer accompanied only by Papi Oviedo's 12-string. The closing cut is written in Portuguese by Brazilian pop star Carlinhos Brown along with Junior Costa. Portuondo rises to the occasion, and sings this samba-inspired ballad with aplomb -- there is even a subtle theremin line by producer Siqueira! Flor de Amor is a wonderfully seamless, sensually charged, slow burn of an album that is nothing short of a work of art.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2008
  • Label: Mcd World Music
  • EAN: 7898060833996
  • Catalog Number: 399
  • Sales rank: 229,562

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tabú (4:19)
  2. 2 Amor de Mis Amores (3:23)
  3. 3 Alma de Roca (3:35)
  4. 4 Mueve la Cintura Mulato (3:35)
  5. 5 Junto a un Cañaveral (3:30)
  6. 6 Hermosa Habana (3:48)
  7. 7 El Madrugador (3:33)
  8. 8 Amorosa Guajira (2:23)
  9. 9 Habanera Ven (3:28)
  10. 10 Si Llego a Besarte (3:19)
  11. 11 Flor de Amor (3:06)
  12. 12 Juramento (3:22)
  13. 13 He Venido a Decirte (3:48)
  14. 14 Casa Calor (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Omara Portuondo Primary Artist, Vocals
Carlinhos Brown Percussion, Vocals
Nicholas Bucknail Clarinet
Jorge L. Chicoy Guitar, Electric Guitar
Andy Findon Bass Clarinet
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez Bass, Bass Guitar
Angela Loppo Background Vocals
Martin Loveday Cello
Rita Manning Violin
Papi Oviedo Tres
Marcos Suzano Tabla, Pandeiro, Shaker
C. Thompson Violin
Philip Todd Clarinet
Gavyn Wright Violin, Leader
Alberto Valdés Maracas
Alfredito Valdez Jr. Maracas
Peter Lale Viola
Miguel "Angá" Diaz Bongos, Conga
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Bruce White Violin
Emilio Vega Vibes
Carlos González Bongos, Claves
Enrique Lazaga Guiro
Julian Leaper Violin
Nailor Proveta Clarinet
Javier Zalba Clarinet
Carlos Emilio Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Adel González Conga
Amadito Valdés Timbales
Barbarito Torres Laoud
Perry Mason Violin
Ale Siqueira Theremin
Toninho Ferragutti Accordion
Simon Burwell Keyboards
Mario Fernandez Violin
Victor Villa Coro
Julian Corrales Violin, Soloist
Manuel Galbán Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano
Policarop "Polo" Tamayo Flute
Angá Diaz Conga
Roberto Fonseca Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet
Idania Valdes Casuso Coro
Lázaro Dagoberto González Violin
Augusto Diago Violin
Gustav Clarkson Violin
Carlos Calunga Coro
Tirso Duarte Coro
Emilio DelMonte Jr. Conga, Timbales
Léo Bit Bit Surdo, Timbaus
Kathy Share Violin
David Jack Daniels Cello
Silvio Duquesne Violin
Boghan Costa Surdo, Timbaus
Carlos Julio Guerra Bata
Abilio Betancourt Bejerano Violin
Edward Marzan Betancourt Violin
Riena Hernández Centeno Coro
Miguel DeLa Hoz Trumpet
Ramses M. González Drums
Zoe Jake Violin
Yordanys Ravelo Machado Violin
Caridad Valdés Menéndez Violin, Coro
Yaremi Alfonso Nápoles Coro
Dagoberto Gonzáles Piedra Violin
Ramses Manuel Rodríguez Drums
Eduardo Rubio Flute
Ariel Sarduy Violin
Christopher Tombling Violin
Teresa Garcia Coro
Technical Credits
Miguel Matamoros Composer
Jerry Boys Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Audio Production
Carlinhos Brown Composer
Nick Gold Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Tom Leader Mastering
Margarita Lecuona Composer
Rafael Lay Musical Director
Demetrio Muniz Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
María Teresa Lara Composer
Rolando Vergara Composer
Luis Casas Romero Composer
Lily Batet Composer
Alejandro Enis Almenares Composer
Francesca Clarke Spanish Translation
Ale Siqueira Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, Audio Production
Lazaro Hernandez Contributor
Flavio DeSouza Engineer
Rodrigo Amorim translation
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