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Greetings from Havana
     

Greetings from Havana

by ¡Cubanismo!
 
For over a decade, ¡Cubanismo! has steadily extended their reputation as one of the most popular bands playing traditional Afro-Cuban music (think of them as a modern, younger Buena Vista Social Club). The group's audience in the United States (where they first performed) grew to be a sizable one,

Overview

For over a decade, ¡Cubanismo! has steadily extended their reputation as one of the most popular bands playing traditional Afro-Cuban music (think of them as a modern, younger Buena Vista Social Club). The group's audience in the United States (where they first performed) grew to be a sizable one, aided by frequent touring during their early years, but due to the political pigheadedness that has kept the cultural exchange between Cuba and the U.S. to a minimum, the band was barred from returning to the U.S. for much of the post-9/11 period. Fortunately, the Australian AIM label had the foresight to send ¡Cubanismo! back into the studio for the first time in six years and to make sure that the resultant album has sufficient U.S. distribution. So the title, Greetings from Havana, is to be taken literally. Its creators, unable to plug their work via direct interaction with their American audience, are forced to continue their work from a distance. And it would be a shame if the album did not reach its intended audience or hook new fans, because it's quite likely ¡Cubanismo!'s best work to date. Tighter than ever musically, the band's fiery fusion has taken on a more jazz-oriented freedom than in the past without sacrificing any of the island authenticity that bandleader/trumpeter Jesus Alemany has insisted upon since the start. Horn and piano solos are crisp and exhilarating, the layers of percussion never quit propelling the sunny melodies forward into dance territory, and both the lead and harmony vocals are always exciting and exquisite. Gliding easily between mambo, rumba, son, bolero, and other substrata of Cuban music, and running through a range of lyrical topics, from standard romance to matters more spiritual, ¡Cubanismo! is one of the great standard-bearers of their country's music. Now, if only they would be allowed to show their northern neighbors why. This CD was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 for Best Tropical Latin Album.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2007
Label:
Aim Records
UPC:
0752211109125
catalogNumber:
1091

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Performance Credits

¡Cubanismo!   Primary Artist
Carlos Alvarez   Trombone,Group Member
Eduardo Rodriguez   Trumpet
Jesús Alemañy   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Leader,Group Member
Rolo Martinez   Vocals,Group Member
Jorge Maza   Flute,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Baritone (Vocal),Group Member
Rolando Perez Perez   Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Roberto Riverón   Bass,Group Member
Luis M. "Betún" Valiente   Timbales,Group Member
Raúl Verdecia   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guest Appearance
Pancho Terry   Chekere,Guest Appearance
Rodolfo Argudin 'Peruchin'   Piano
Coco Freman   Background Vocals
Raul Verdecia   Acoustic Guitar
Jorge Torres   Conga
Jorge Torres 'Papiosko'   Conga
Jusus Alemany   Flugelhorn
Jose De Jesus Hernandez 'Laito'   Vocals
Eduardo Lavoy   Percussion,Bongos
Jesus Cantero   Vocals
Pablosky Rosales   Tres
Luis Valiente 'Betun'   Timbales
Pedro Lugo 'Nene'   Vocals
Eduardo Rodriquez   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Jesús Alemañy   Composer,Liner Notes

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