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Step Forward: The Next Generation
     

Step Forward: The Next Generation

by Afro-Cuban All Stars
 
The Afro-Cuban All Stars are back with a bold new statement for the future. They look boldly toward the horizon with their fourth release, Step Forward: The Next Generation. As the best-publicized "multi-generational" group in the genre, the All Stars may have the best claim of knowledge for what is to come, housing both living legends and tomorrow's heavy

Overview

The Afro-Cuban All Stars are back with a bold new statement for the future. They look boldly toward the horizon with their fourth release, Step Forward: The Next Generation. As the best-publicized "multi-generational" group in the genre, the All Stars may have the best claim of knowledge for what is to come, housing both living legends and tomorrow's heavy hitters. However, the generally mellow timbre of the record would suggest that perhaps the leadership of the group is not looking to the horizon for inspiration, but watching the sunset. The groove of the record is confident and funky, and at times very swinging. However, the boastful title may mislead loyal fans. There are moments that feel distinctly like a walk down memory lane, not through the blistering-hot creative forge. That said, leader Juan de Marcos González has a playlist that is sure to please, packed with delightful musical moments. The record is a tapestry of styles that have found their way through the Cuban transom, including the sensual bolero "Preludio y Fuga," the stately danzon "Glicy's Mood," and "Addimu a Chango," a funky disco/songo mix. Though the Afro-Cuban All Stars clearly don't have their ear to the street or finger on the pulse of the next generation, they do what they always have, and they do it quite well.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Globe Star Recording
UPC:
0899552000015
catalogNumber:
01

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Afro-Cuban All Stars   Primary Artist
Luis Alemañy   Trumpet
Feliciano Arango   Electric Bass
Adel González   Bongos,Conga,Bata Drums
Antonio Leal   Trombone
David Alfaro   Piano,Keyboards
Yaure Muñiz   Trumpet
Julito Padrón   Trumpet
Policarop "Polo" Tamayo   Flute
Juan Carlos Marin   Trombone
Tirso Duarte   Piano
Raul Gutierrez   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Juan de Marcos   Track Performer,Tres
David Suarez   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Orestes Valido   Alto Saxophone
Tamara Castaneda   Vibes

Technical Credits

Bernard Lavilliers   Composer
Edesio Alejandro   Arranger
David Alfaro   Arranger,Producer
Traditional   Composer
Kerry DeBruce   Art Direction
Gliceria Abreu   Executive Producer
Juan Carlos Marin   Arranger,Composer
Tirso Duarte   Arranger,Composer
Juan de Marcos   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements

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