Late Night Sessions

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
If your appetite for traditional Cuban mambo and son has not yet been slaked by the Buena Vista Social Club and their many spin-offs, Caravana Cubana is ready to relieve you. Eight muscular rumbas and descargas are presented by a spirited multigenerational ensemble that's long on legends -- guests include Francisco Aguabella, the newly rediscovered conguero who first got down with Katherine Dunham and later Dizzy Gillespie in the '50s; Chucho Valdés, the volcanic pianist who needs no introduction; Al McKibbon, bassist with Dizzy and Chano Pozo; and the ubiquitous Pio Leyva, singer and bongosero with the BVSC. Then there're the young bloods: Bamboleo, the female-fronted...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
If your appetite for traditional Cuban mambo and son has not yet been slaked by the Buena Vista Social Club and their many spin-offs, Caravana Cubana is ready to relieve you. Eight muscular rumbas and descargas are presented by a spirited multigenerational ensemble that's long on legends -- guests include Francisco Aguabella, the newly rediscovered conguero who first got down with Katherine Dunham and later Dizzy Gillespie in the '50s; Chucho Valdés, the volcanic pianist who needs no introduction; Al McKibbon, bassist with Dizzy and Chano Pozo; and the ubiquitous Pio Leyva, singer and bongosero with the BVSC. Then there're the young bloods: Bamboleo, the female-fronted stars of Cuba's timba scene; Maraca Valle, ace arranger and flutist; Jimmy Bosch, the Puerto Rican powerhouse on trombone; and others. Does the whole exceed the sum of its parts? Yes, on tracks like "Chucho Carabalí," the full-bodied bass, piano, and congas are electrifyingly jazzy, without the mustiness that's become de rigueur for the ad hoc Latin orchestra sound. Nominated for a Grammy in its original, limited-distribution form, these LATE NIGHT SESSIONS are proof of the prodigious Cuban expat talent right here in the U.S.A.
All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
This is an album spawned from a memorial to Emilio Vandenedes, a radio man from L.A. and Miami. A multitude of Cuban artists who knew and loved him turned out to perform a memorial service of sorts, which eventually evolved into a full-fledged album. The artists on the album range from 18 to 83 in age, and include some of the great legends of Cuban music as well as American jazz in Al McKibbon: Chucho Valdes, Francisco Aguabella, Pio Leyva, and others. The quality of the music is enough to make any given fan of the Cuban roots craze spawned in the U.S. by Buena Vista Social Club, among others turn and take a second look at what had been happening in Cuba prior to Ry Cooder. Newer generation players also appear, including the vocal group Bamboleo, flutist Orlando Valle, and bassist Carlos del Puerto, Jr. As usual, all of the major styles guajira, rumba, comparsa, bolero, son, descarga, bata of Cuban music appear in some form in the midst of the playing. As to highlights, the whole album is of a seemingly equal quality and, as such, there is nothing that stands out specifically from the rest, though all of the music is quite well-performed and brings in many of the aspects of Cuban music that set it apart from other types. Pick it up as a fan of any sort of "world music", but especially as a Latin or Cuban music fan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2000
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227802820
  • Catalog Number: 78028

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Caravana Cubana Primary Artist, Group
Chucho Valdés Piano
Al McKibbon Bass
Pío Leyva Vocals
Francisco Aguabella Timbales
Tony Alba Choir, Chorus, Coro, Guiro
Ramon Flores Trombone, Trumpet
Lazaro Galarraga Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Claves, Chekere, Bata, Coro, Coros
Nengue Hernandez Bongos, Timbales, Bata, Coro
Eric Jorgensen Trombone
Harry Kim Trumpet
Danilo Lozano Flute
Johnny Polanco Tres
Hector "Rudy" Regalado Timbales, Cata
Michito Sánchez Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Maracas, Chekere, Tumbadora, Guiro, Campana
Ramon Stagnaro Tres
David Stout Trombone
Gary Stout Trombone
Mike Turre Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Bosch Trombone
Carlos del Puerto Bass
Orlando "Maraca" Valle Flute
Bamboleo Coro, Coros
Pepe Martinez Choir, Chorus, Chekere, Coro
Miguel Angá Conga
Roberto Lopez Guitar
Joe Rotunde Piano
Jose Gomez Tenor Saxophone
Joe Polanco Tres
Luis Alba Tumbadora
Alejandro Borrero Choir, Chorus
Pablo Mendez Violin
Vannia Borges Hernandez Choir, Chorus
Armando Cantero Choir, Chorus
Gary Eisenberg Trombone, Trumpet
Luis Eric González Trumpet
Marylynn Gutiérrez Choir, Chorus
Neugue Hernández Bongos, Timbales, Choir, Chorus, Bata
Perico Hernández Percussion, Conga, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Coro, Quinto, Coros
Pío Leiva Vocals
Rigoberto López Guitar
Rocío Marron Violin
Dervy Rojas Guitar, Maracas, Choir, Chorus, Coro
Ricardo Alba Cajon
Miguel Angá Díaz Conga
Raúl Travieso Rodríguez Bongos, Conga, Choir, Chorus, Coro, Campana
Carlos del Puerto Jr. Bass
Technical Credits
George Hernandez Executive Producer
Mark V. Engineer
David Stout Arranger
Carlos del Puerto Arranger
Joe Rotunde Arranger
Alan Geik Producer, Liner Notes
Barry Keenen Engineer
Mike McDonald Mastering
Gary Eisenberg Arranger
Perico Hernández Arranger, Director
Nina Lenart Liner Notes, Executive Producer
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