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Mi Sueño

Mi Sueño

by Ibrahim Ferrer
     
 

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"My Dream" is the title of the Buena Vista Social Club crooner's posthumously released final album, and it refers to Ferrer's abiding wish to record a set of boleros, a style for which his high tenor was long deemed unsuitable. Packed with swooning romantic material from Cuba's star-struck pre-revolutionary years, it's a wish come true for the the singer, who passed

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"My Dream" is the title of the Buena Vista Social Club crooner's posthumously released final album, and it refers to Ferrer's abiding wish to record a set of boleros, a style for which his high tenor was long deemed unsuitable. Packed with swooning romantic material from Cuba's star-struck pre-revolutionary years, it's a wish come true for the the singer, who passed away in August of 2005, and for fans. While vocal brawn may have been fashionable for bolero singers, Ferrer proves that his vocal dexterity is of far greater worth. Of special note is his duet with Omara Portuondo on the warhorse "Quizás Quizás Quizás," given a delicate reading underscored by the advanced years and fragile condition of the principals. Roberto Fonseca contributes searching piano and a producer's credit on this fine recording, and Buena Vista compatriots Cachaito López (on bass), Guajiro Mirabal (trumpet), and the late Ruben Gonzalez (piano) lend a hand. It does Ferrer's memory more than proud.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The success of the Buena Vista Social Club series gave Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer the chance to finally begin his dream project in 2005, the recording of an entire album of bolero pieces, the musical form Ferrer loved above all others. Unfortunately the 78-year-old singer died in August of that year while sessions for the project were still underway, and that Mi Sueño (My Dream) exists at all is in itself a small miracle. Ferrer left behind high-quality vocal demos of the boleros he still intended to record for the album, but these tapes were apparently misplaced and Ferrer's dream seemed destined to go unfulfilled. The demos were eventually recovered, and Mi Sueño has finally seen the light of day. It is the perfect goodbye from Ferrer, a fitting and beautiful last testament that spotlights his easy and smoky vocals over subtle, non-intrusive arrangements generally featuring pianist Roberto Fonseca, guitarist Manuel Galbon, and bassist Cachito Lopez. The late Rubén González adds piano to the beautiful "Melodía del Río," a track produced by Ry Cooder in 1998 that fits seamlessly with the newer recordings. Javier Zalbar's clarinet lines add perfect lift to "Copla Guajira," the closest thing to an up-tempo piece here, but then the romantic lilt of the classic Cuban bolero isn't about speed and energy but is instead about an elegant gliding through the motions of love, and Ferrer does it perfectly. He would have been proud of this album. It has a calm and measured grace, and flows like a watery sequence from a dream -- Ibrahim Ferrer's dream, to be exact.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2007
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0769233007728
catalogNumber:
666973
Rank:
104172

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Performance Credits

Ibrahim Ferrer   Primary Artist,Vocals
Omara Portuondo   Vocals
Joachim Cooder   Drums
Rubén González   Piano
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez   Bass
Alberto Valdés   Maracas
Roberto García   Bongos
Amadito Valdés   Timbales
Manuel Galbán   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Roberto Fonseca   Piano,Musical Direction
Augusto Diago   Violin
Emilio DelMonte   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Maracas
José G. Marón   Viola
Chicoy "El Rey"   Acoustic Guitar
Ramsés Rodríguez   Drums
Ariel Sarduy   Violin
Mirta Baptista   Harp
Anres Coya   Maracas
Javier Zalbar   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Ry Cooder   Producer
Gonzalo Roig   Composer
Jerry Boys   Engineer
Nick Gold   Producer
Marcelino Guerra   Composer
Mariano Mores   Composer
Juan Bruno Tarraza   Composer
Luis Marquetti   Composer
Félix Reina   Composer
Youri Lenquette   Cover Photo
Orestes Aguila   Engineer
Roberto Fonseca   Producer
Zita M. "Toti" Morriña   Administration,Lyric Transcription

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