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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Satisfying the hunger for Latin dance music that's neither mired in the past nor emasculated by slick pop fashion, New York's Yerba Buena are nothing less than the blueprint for post-salsa. The collective, helmed by producer Andres Levin Los Amigos Invisibles, Arto Lindsay, Red Hot + Riot has enough secret weapons to worry the U.N. Security Council. Start with lead vocalist Xiomara Laugart, who combines the fire of a house diva with fierce Afro-Cuban authenticity; factor in brawny saxophonist Ron Blake; Levin's production smarts; and a raft of guests, including guitarist Marc Ribot, drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, percussionist Carlinhos Brown, Meshell ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Satisfying the hunger for Latin dance music that's neither mired in the past nor emasculated by slick pop fashion, New York's Yerba Buena are nothing less than the blueprint for post-salsa. The collective, helmed by producer Andres Levin Los Amigos Invisibles, Arto Lindsay, Red Hot + Riot has enough secret weapons to worry the U.N. Security Council. Start with lead vocalist Xiomara Laugart, who combines the fire of a house diva with fierce Afro-Cuban authenticity; factor in brawny saxophonist Ron Blake; Levin's production smarts; and a raft of guests, including guitarist Marc Ribot, drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, percussionist Carlinhos Brown, Meshell Ndegeocello, and many others. Punching up the Afro-Cuban root of hard-charging salsa lots of chants to the orishas and ferocious rumba percussion adding rapid-fire rap plus the occasional dancehall reggae riddim, Levin's band is a New York answer to the explosive sound of Cuba's contemporary dance music, timba. But unlike Bamboleo or Los Van Van, Yerba Buena don't waste time with drippy salsa monga intros -- bilingual tracks like "La Gringa," "Wassamatter Baby?," and "Definition of a Warrior" cut to the chase. The beyond-credible soloing and singing will captivate fans of salsa's glory days, especially those open-minded enough to appreciate Yerba Buena's mix of Colombian rhythms, Afro-beat, and reggae. That challenge -- to push the music forward without watering it down -- is forcefully answered on President Alien. When the best thing going in salsa dura in years has been music that hearkens to the past, the arrival of a new musical vision couldn't be more welcome.
All Music Guide - John Bush
Yerba Buena, a Latin/urban fusion project spearheaded by Andres Levin who's worked with crossover artists ranging from Arto Lindsay to Tia Carrere, isn't too much more than the sum of its parts. Fortunately, however, those parts are certainly astonishing enough to create a breathtaking record capable of hooking fans from some wide-ranging styles: hip-hop, trance, R&B, and of course, Latin music. Comprised mostly of Cubans or natives of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Yerba Buena has a command over Latin forms that erases national boundaries and pulverizes time constraints -- moving deftly from guajira to salsa to son, they're also perfectly adept at incorporating the music of the American street circa 2003 into forms more familiar to farmers in Cuban fields circa 1939. The open-ended character of the jam "Guajira" permits vocals from a traditional Latin chorus as well as nods to urban radio. Lead diva Xiomara Laugart melds house music and salsa with all the power and energy of la India, while rapper el Chino fills in with some solid rhymes and a few party-vocal asides. The band is perfectly fluent and a powerhouse unit, while the roster of guests is startling in its variety -- Carlinhos Brown, Bobby Valentin, Me'Shell NdegéOcello, Money Mark, Marc Ribot, and Roy Hargrove, among many others. In essence, Yerba Buena is simply pulling the same trick that boogaloo popsters and salsafied funksters did during the '60s and '70s respectively, updating Latin music with touches to intrigue listeners who wouldn't normally be listening to it. In that, they're tremendously successful.
Village Voice
Yerba Buena prescribes massive doses of Afro-Cuban beatdowns that massage the soul and blister the feet.

Yerba Buena prescribes massive doses of Afro-Cuban beatdowns that massage the soul and blister the feet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2003
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018289429
  • Catalog Number: 82894
  • Sales rank: 105,939

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Guajira (I Love U 2 Much) (4:09)
  2. 2 Tu Casa, Mi Casa (4:19)
  3. 3 La Gringa (5:19)
  4. 4 Solito Me Querde (6:01)
  5. 5 Electric Boogaloo (4:00)
  6. 6 Fire (4:29)
  7. 7 Wassamatter Baby (4:06)
  8. 8 Bote Bote VA (2:50)
  9. 9 Follow Me (4:46)
  10. 10 Definition of a Warrior (4:06)
  11. 11 Rompe el Cuero (5:23)
  12. 12 Solar (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yerba Buena Primary Artist
Roy Hargrove Trumpet
Brian Lynch Trumpet
Marc Ribot Tres
Dave Valentin Flute
Ron Blake Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Carlinhos Brown Timbales, Vocals
David Fiuczynski Electric Guitar, Cumbus
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández Drums, Vocals, cowbell
Andres Levin Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar, farfisa organ, Synthesizer Bass
Money Mark Wah Wah Clavinet
Sebastian Steinberg Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Ahmed Barroso Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals, Tres, wah wah guitar
Andy Gonzales Ampeg Baby Bass
Pedro Martinez Percussion, Conga, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Bells, Bata, Rattle
Dafnis Prieto Drums, Timbales
Yosvany Terry Organ, Alto Saxophone
Avi Lebovich Trombone
John Schmersal Background Vocals
Tosin Aribisala Drums
Xiomara Laugart Vocals, Chant
Terreon Gully Drums
Descemer Bueno Guitar, Background Vocals, Tres
Rashawn Ross Trumpet, Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ron Blake Horn Arrangements
John Carlin Executive Producer
Andres Levin Programming, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Horn Arrangements
Kevin Scott Engineer
Sebastian Steinberg Noise Reduction
Ahmed Barroso Arranger
Tom Coyne Mastering
Matt Wells Radio Sound Effects
Soul Fingers drum programming
Yosvany Terry Horn Arrangements
Descemer Bueno Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Rashawn Ross Horn Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Startlingly Fresh, Rythmic, Complex, and, Loud!!

    I just had the opportunity of seeing this band live in S.F. having no idea who or what they were. This is a tour de force group whose musical boundaries are non existent and incorporate all kinds of influence into their Latin based dance rythms. I even heard Klezmer over the pounding,insistent, percussion that is non stop in your ears down to your feet, great. This is no fly by night group of kids raving up a storm. These are accomplished musicians and singers putting forth a very complex set of sounds guaranteed to get your mother's mother out of the wheelchair grinding her hips and waving her arms. This one belongs in any musical collection.

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