A Toda Cuba Le Gusta

A Toda Cuba Le Gusta

by Afro-Cuban All Stars
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A Toda Cuba Le Gusta

A lively, spontaneous record that manages to sound both relaxed and forceful at the same time, A Toda Cuba Le Gusta shows off the talents of many of Cuba's elder statesmen of Afro-Cuban jazz. Over gently pulsating conga grooves and low-register ostinatos, such luminaries as pianist Ruben Gonzalez and singer Manuel "Puntillita" Licea float dramatic melodies, as their solo contributions are answered by brass section chords as thick and sweet as cane syrup. Although it is Ruben Gonzalez' presence on this album that gets the most attention, his tendency towards relentless chromaticism becomes tiresome early on, especially when it is contrasted with the exquisite phrasing and tremulous beauty of singers such as Licea, Raul Planas, and Ibrahum Ferrer. As would be expected, the trumpets blare with traditional Cuban bravado, evoking gentle romance and fiery passion with equal ease. Even the resident gringo, Ry Cooder, gets in some choice licks on "Alto Songo." The relative lack of dynamic movement in most of these songs may lead to them blending together in the ear of the listener, but the inherent tunefulness of each track, not to mention the sheer drive that this band is capable of summoning, cancels that complaint out nicely. An important collaboration and a promising debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/1997
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597947625
catalogNumber: 79476
Rank: 34132

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Afro-Cuban All Stars   Primary Artist
Ry Cooder   Slide Guitar
Pío Leyva   Vocals
Carlos Alvarez   Trombone
Rubén González   Piano
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez   Bass
Alberto Valdés   Maracas,Choir, Chorus
Daniel Ramos   Trumpet
Miguel Angá   Conga
Richard Egües   Flute
Luis Alemañy   Trumpet
Carlos González   Bongos
Manuel "El Guajiro" Mirabal   Trumpet
Demetrio Muniz   Trombone
Félix Valoy   Vocals
Javier Zalba   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Julienne Oviedo Sánchez   Timbales
Ibrahim Ferrer   Vocals
Raúl Planas   Vocals
Juan de Marcos González   Leader,Choir, Chorus
Barbarito Torres   Laoud
Manuel "Puntillita" Licea   Vocals
Carlos Puisseaux   Guiro
José Antonio "Maceo" Rodríguez   Vocals
Luis Barzaga   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Jerry Boys   Engineer
Nick Gold   Producer
Jenny Adlington   translation
Demetrio Muniz   Arranger
Kathryn Samson   Cover Design
Juan de Marcos González   Arranger,Director,Producer,Lyric Transcription,Song Notes
Francesca Clarke   translation

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A Toda Cuba Le Gusta 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS CD HAS GREAT'S CUBAN MUSIC FROM 30's and 40's,50's with all different musical styles from son,guaracha,cha cha cha,and many more. Also it has the forgotten cuban soneros [singers]. I want thank juan de marco gonzales,ry cooder,nick gold,for all this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago