Songs from a Little Blue House

Songs from a Little Blue House

by Juan-Carlos Formell
     
 

Traditional acoustic forms ("Agua Dulce"), lyrics which both reveal and draw the listener to deeper exploration ("Flores"), involving percussion, and a deft touch on the guitar ("Pajarillo") make Juan Carlos Formell's major label debut a perfect accompaniment for summer. Don't let the laid back tropical style fool you, though -- despite being the son of one of Cuba… See more details below

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Traditional acoustic forms ("Agua Dulce"), lyrics which both reveal and draw the listener to deeper exploration ("Flores"), involving percussion, and a deft touch on the guitar ("Pajarillo") make Juan Carlos Formell's major label debut a perfect accompaniment for summer. Don't let the laid back tropical style fool you, though -- despite being the son of one of Cuba's most famous musician, Juan Formell of Los Van Van, Juan Carlos wasn't allowed to make this sort of music in Cuba. He fled to the U.S. and played for tips at New York city subway stops until Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains signed him to record.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bob Gottlieb
This is one of the most beautiful discs to come from any of the numerous Cuban musicians loosely grouped around and associated with the Buena Vista Social Club. The beat and the tropical Latin rhythms of the Caribbean are there but there is also a soft, tender side which predominates here and only occasionally shows up on other discs. It is the music of a man who has reconciled himself to never seeing his homeland again, but who still misses the people, the pace, and the explosion of life there. The music, though quiet, is explosive in its delivery; it is performed with great feeling by the musicians. As a crossbreed, it combines the improvisational feel of jazz with the rhythms of Cuba, along with a yearning for what will never be again and the remembrance of what once was. It is a sound born of the streets, where music saw you through the hard times until better days came again. It is beautiful and uplifting; at the same time it reflects the sorrow of the whole story. There is a rhythm that is common, in that it speaks to all people, no matter their origins. Every bit of this tasteful disc, from the booklets and notes (done both in Spanish and English) to the packaging, enhances the music. A grand hurrah to Wicklow for releasing a stunning piece of work that could earn a place in every household for the sheer beauty and love contained therein.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/1999
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266345229
catalogNumber:
63452

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Performance Credits

Juan-Carlos Formell   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Brian Lynch   Trumpet
Mark Whitfield   Electric Guitar
Juan Formell   Track Performer
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández   Drums
Lewis Kahn   Trombone,Violin
Mario Rivera   Soprano Saxophone
Nestor Sanchez   Coro
Lisandro Arias   Bongos,Conga,Maracas,Clavier,Shekere

Technical Credits

John Fischbach   Producer,Engineer
Erik Flettrich   Engineer
Bob Katz   Mastering
Paddy Moloney   Executive Producer
Enrique Heredia   Art Direction
Tim Conklin   Engineer
Ian Menzies   Direction

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