Havana Dreams

Havana Dreams

by Sonia Santana


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Havana Dreams

Spanish chanteuse Sonia Santana makes her debut with a disc that revels in the heyday of glitzy Latin music: Think 1945 in Havana's Sans Souci and you get the picture. The mix could be the set list for any hip cabaret orchestra of the time, ranging from Hollywood's Good Neighbor-era hits, such as "Tico Tico" and "South American Way," both popularized by Carmen Miranda, to Latin American standards. Great Cuban composers such as Ernesto Lecuona ("Say Sí Sí" and "Siboney") and the light of Mexican cinema, Alberto Dominguez ("Frenesí" and "Perfídia"), weigh in heavily. What keeps Havana Dreams from being a total nostalgia exercise is the teeth-bared attack of the Saratoga Band. This Cuban big band, led by Tony Perez, the piano monster with Irakere and Giraldo Piloto's Klimaxx, funks up the old charts with youthful glee. You wouldn't confuse their rendition of "Quizás Quizás Quizás" for Xavier Cugat or Nat Cole. For her part, Santana struts and vamps through the material, her full-blooded voice evoking that of Albita or La Lupe, just this side of hysterical. Those who grew up with these songs might not appreciate the stridency, but newcomers will cotton to the campy renditions and the smart veneer of this capable band and dynamic singer.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998998827
catalogNumber: 89988

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sonia Santana   Primary Artist
Steve Buckley   Bass Clarinet,Human Whistle
Jorge L. Chicoy   Guitar
Jorge Reyes Hernandes   Double Bass
Carlos Pérez   Trombone
Tony Gonzalez   Piano
Davide Giovanni   Percussion,Bongos,Timbales
Irving Acao   Saxophone
Adel González   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Jose Espinoza   Percussion,Bongos,Timbales
Julito Padrón   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ariel Bringuez   Saxophone
Yaroldi Breu Robles   Conga
Amaury Perez Rodriguez   Trombone
Rolando Luna   Piano
Andel Laborí   Saxophone
Roman Filiu O'Reilly   Saxophone
Alexander Abreu Manreza   Trumpet
Oliver Valdes   Drums,Timbales
Amed Medina Alles   Guitar
Javier Zalva   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone
Roelvis Reyes Simonó   Drums
Arlyn Garcia   Oboe
Sergio Ricardo Luna   Trombone
Eduardo Machado   Trombone
Dennis Milanes   Percussion,Bongos
Kelvin Moya   Trumpet
Alex Brown   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ernesto Lecuona   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Bobby Capó   Composer
Miguel Matamoros   Composer
Pablo Beltrán Ruiz   Composer
Paul Baron   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Osvaldo Farrés   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Juan Luis Guerra   Composer
Peter Scott   Arranger,Executive Producer
Stillman   Composer
Morey Amsterdam   Composer
Ary Barroso   Composer
Jerzcy Belick   Engineer
Alberto Dominguez   Composer
Milton Leeds   Composer
Joseph M. Lacalle   Composer
Francia Luban   Composer
Zequinha de Abreu   Composer
Assis Valente   Composer
Leonard Whitcup   Composer
Susanne Cerha   Art Direction
Natty Bo   Arranger,Producer
Ernesto Burgos   Arranger
Spider Johnson Etienne   Arranger,Producer

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