The Very Best of ¡Cubanismo!: ¡Mucho Gusto!

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
¡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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
¡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: 031257146128
  • Catalog Number: 571461

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mambo U.K. (5:38)
  2. 2 Descarga de Hoy (6:44)
  3. 3 Mulence (5:23)
  4. 4 Get Up, Stand Up (6:45)
  5. 5 Paso en Tampa (3:23)
  6. 6 Aprovecha (4:50)
  7. 7 El Platanal de Bartolo (4:46)
  8. 8 Pa'Que Gozen (5:35)
  9. 9 Marie Laveaux (4:49)
  10. 10 Could You Be Loved (6:36)
  11. 11 El Paso de Encarnación (5:19)
  12. 12 Salsa Pilón (6:30)
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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 Jr. 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 III 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 Jr. Engineer
Ignacio Herrera Arranger
Reynaldo Crespo Arranger
Nili Belkind Producer
Arsenio Rodríguez Scull Composer
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