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.
Performance CreditsBob Neuwirth Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Germán Velazco Saxophone
José María Vitier Piano,Conductor
Rey Guerra Guitar
Lázaro Dagoberto González Violin
Jorge Reyes Bass
Technical CreditsBob Neuwirth Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Jerry Belc Engineer
José María Vitier Arranger
Ria Lewerke Art Direction
Ana Lourdes Martinez Audio Production
J.S. Soles Audio Production
Silvia Rodriguez Rivero Audio Production
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.