Havana Midnight

Havana Midnight

by Bob Neuwirth
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Havana Midnight

The title tune of Bob Neuwith's HAVANA MIDNIGHT opens a sly, understated nine-track journey that finds the veteran folk/rock/blues tunesmith pairing his weathered voice and incisive lyrics with the arrangements and melodies of Cuban composer Jose Maria Vitier. Don't expect propulsive rhythms, though; Neuwirth and Vitier find a simpatico space in the world of nueva trova, the guitar-driven music of Latin America's protest movement. The two mark the changes churning in modern-day Cuba on "Don Quixote," and evoke the bittersweet honey of remembered love in "The First Time." The tunes, recorded over a ten-day visit to Cuba on a cultural exchange grant, capture a unique dialogue between Vitier's more structured style (he's known for composing the soundtrack for the films "Strawberry and Chocolate" and the mass for the Pope's visit to the island) with Neuwirth's taste for improvisation. This Latin sojourn is just the latest stop in Neuwirth's eclectic journey, from his days in the Cambridge folk scene in the '60s, through his tenure with Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review, to recent collaborations with John Cale and T Bone Burnett.

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Release Date: 05/22/2001
Label: Appleseed Records
UPC: 0611587105127
catalogNumber: 1051

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Havana Midnight 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked Buena Vista Social Club, this record should interest you. Bob is a wonderful songwriter who hasn't had that much visibility. This project took him to Cuba to record with Cuban musicians. It's a great mix of folk and Cuban rhythms.