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Flor de Amor

Flor de Amor

by Omara Portuondo
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2008
Label:
Mcd World Music
UPC:
7898060833996
catalogNumber:
399

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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   Maracas
Peter Lale   Viola
Miguel "Angá" Diaz   Bongos,Conga
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Bruce White   Violin
Emilio Vega   Vibes
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
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,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   Conga,Timbales
Léo Bit Bit   Surdo,Timbaus
Kathy Share   Violin
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,Audio Production
Carlinhos Brown   Composer
Nick Gold   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
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,Audio Production
Lazaro Hernandez   Contributor
Flavio DeSouza   Engineer
Rodrigo Amorim   translation

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