Very Best of ¡Cubanismo!: ¡Mucho Gusto!

Very Best of ¡Cubanismo!: ¡Mucho Gusto!

by ¡Cubanismo!
     
 

¡Cubanismo! might have started a year before the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon, but there's no doubt the latter -- in addition to constant touring -- has helped them break through to real success. There's little that's revolutionary about Jesús Alemañy's Cuban blend, as it harks bark heavily to both the dance music of the '40s and '50s, as well as theSee more details below

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¡Cubanismo! might have started a year before the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon, but there's no doubt the latter -- in addition to constant touring -- has helped them break through to real success. There's little that's revolutionary about Jesús Alemañy's Cuban blend, as it harks bark heavily to both the dance music of the '40s and '50s, as well as the chops that helped Cuban jazz stand out, simply supercharging the power and speed a little for modern audiences. That isn't to deny that it's appealing, successful, and very, very good. Alemañy himself can blow like Dizzy Gillespie, and the band isn't afraid to improvise as well as work through some excellent charts. Their Cuba-New Orleans album, represented here by "Peso en Tampa" and the Crescent City tale of "Marie Laveaux," was inspired and was a necessary development in their sound. However, the two new tracks available here, exploring the connection between Cuba and Jamaican reggae, don't fare anywhere near as well. The angry anthem of "Get Up, Stand Up" comes across as anemic. Though it's cast with great musical sophistication -- plenty of key changes, complex harmonies, and solos -- its punch was in its simplicity. A basic message of human rights (in both English and Spanish here) gets lost amid the virtuosity. "Could You Be Loved," sung by Luciano, gets the Cuban big band treatment with a slightly timid rap, but again, the glory of a simple melody is covered in too much frosting. What ¡Cubanismo! do well, they do very well indeed. And that makes it all the more obvious when they falter.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2001
Label:
Hannibal
UPC:
0031257146128
catalogNumber:
571461

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

¡Cubanismo!   Primary Artist
Herlin Riley   Drums
Alfredo Rodriguez   Piano
Carlos Alvarez   Trombone
Pancho Amat   Tres
Reggie Houston   Baritone Saxophone
Craig Klein   Trombone,Tuba
Julia Oviedo   Bongos
Carlos Puerto   Bass
Ernest Ranglin   Guitar
José Jerez   Trumpet
Carlos del Puerto   Bass
Tata Güines   Conga
Luciano   Vocals
Jesús Alemañy   Percussion,Trumpet,Choir, Chorus
Miguel "Angá" Diaz   Bongos,Conga
Cesar Lopez   Alto Saxophone
Orlando "Maraca" Valle   Flute
John Boutté   Vocals
Rolo Martinez   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Yosvany Terry Cabrera   Alto Saxophone
Luis Alemañy   Trumpet
Carlos Godinez   Maracas,Claves,Guiro
Tomás Ortiz   Conga
Glenn Patscha   Piano
Javier Zalba   Baritone Saxophone
Alfredo Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Efrain Rios   Choir, Chorus,Tres
Adalberto Oré Lara   Trumpet
Yosvany Terry   Alto Saxophone
Cornell Williams   Background Vocals
Carlos "El Bola" Betancourt   Trumpet
Leonardo Castellini Nardy   Tenor Saxophone
Elilio del Monte   Timbales
Roysel Riveron   Timbales
Ignacio Herrera   Piano
Tomas Ramos   Conga,Claves
Roberto Riberon   Bass
Lazaro M. Valdes Rodriguez   Choir, Chorus
Quintana   Timbales
Clarence Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Alberto Hernandez   Bongos,cowbell
Tim Green   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Arsenio Rodríguez   Composer
John Wood   Engineer
Mark Bingham   Producer,Engineer
Joe Boyd   Producer,Liner Notes
Jerry Boys   Producer,Engineer
Simon Heyworth   Mastering,Remastering
Jesús Alemañy   Arranger,Producer,Musical Director
Michael Halsband   Cover Photo,Inlay Photography
Geronimo Labrada   Engineer
Ignacio Herrera   Arranger
Reynaldo Crespo   Arranger
Nili Belkind   Producer
Arsenio Rodríguez Scull   Composer

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