Siete Rayo

Siete Rayo

by Descemer Bueno
     
 

Yerba Buena’s loss is progressive Latin music fans' gain. Descemer Bueno, a principal in the New York–based Afro-Latin band, parted ways with the group after their debut, President Alien, taking guitarist Ahmed Barroso and drummer Elie Katz with him. For Bueno’s debut with his band Siete Rayo, the trio surround themselves with a huge and shifting cast of…  See more details below

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Yerba Buena’s loss is progressive Latin music fans' gain. Descemer Bueno, a principal in the New York–based Afro-Latin band, parted ways with the group after their debut, President Alien, taking guitarist Ahmed Barroso and drummer Elie Katz with him. For Bueno’s debut with his band Siete Rayo, the trio surround themselves with a huge and shifting cast of characters -- including members of the Cuban rap group Orishas and jazzers Yosvany Terry and Roberto Carcasses -- and the latest reggaetón beats, coming up with an alternate version of Yerba Buena’s post-salsa sound. What he lacks in indelible melodies, Bueno makes up for in excitement, with frenetic rapping, layered electronics and samples, and top-drawer musicianship. From the get-go, you can hear classical and flamenco guitar mixing it up with martial street beats, and every track seems to bring some kind of surprise, be it cumbia clarinets or saw-edged synths. Unlike Yerba Buena, Bueno comes up with a ballad or two, which might help Siete Rayo succeed at Latin radio. In general, the frontman is at his best rapping in Spanish, and he gamely assays English enough to make you wish he didn’t. It’s a minor weakness on an album that’s fresh and exciting, not to mention muy sexy.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
Similar in flavor and intent to former collaborators Yerba Buena, Descemer Bueno's solo debut album further explores the new paths that lead to the place where urban and Latino music meet. Descemer's artistic voice on 2006's Siete Rayo is much grittier, earthier than what fans heard of him on Yerba Buena projects. With reggaeton-inflected (but not -dominated) tracks, and instrumental influences that harken to his Havana upbringing and education, Bueno is a true original. There are few artists in the increasingly diverse cast on the hip-hop stage who offer such a fresh perspective on what this music can encompass. Similarly, Cuban music is given a fresh coat of paint and a new perspective in Bueno's compositions. The earthy, rich timbre of his voice, tuneful songwriting, and creative inclusion of folkloric instruments make for an easy yet engaging listen. Somewhat neglected by mainstream media, perhaps because it's so difficult to categorize, Siete Rayo is set up mainly for an underground following. Anyone who comes across this gem of a record will be glad for it, and quickly join the ranks of the dedicated fans. There are few musicians out there who do such honor to their native tradition and offer such brave vision for the urban music community.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
Label:
Universal Latino
UPC:
0602498837528
catalogNumber:
000516002

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Descemer Bueno   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Tabla,Vocals
David Fiuczynski   Electric Guitar
Ahmed Barroso   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals,Tres
Albert Sterling Menendez   Keyboards
Myron McKingley   Keyboards
Yosvany Terry   Saxophone
Carlos Huertas   Trumpet
Printz Board   Horn
Bruce Flowers   Organ
Julio Padron   Trumpet
Tim Izo   Horn
Chuck Prada   Percussion
Eric Sanchez   Horn
Elie Katz   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Ahmed Barroso   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jim Janik   Arranger,Producer
Jesse Martinez   Producer
Myron McKingley   Composer
Roberto Carcasses   Horn Arrangements
Printz Board   Composer
Dylan Dresdow   Engineer
Jason Cano   Composer,Programming
Tim Izo   Composer
Chuck Prada   Composer
Descemer Bueno   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Mario Careaga   Engineer
Elie Katz   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
DJ Kane   Producer

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