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Late Night Sessions
     

Late Night Sessions

by Caravana Cubana
 
If your appetite for traditional Cuban mambo and son has not yet been slaked by the Buena Vista Social Club and their many spin-offs, Caravana Cubana is ready to relieve you. Eight muscular rumbas and descargas are presented by a spirited multigenerational ensemble that's long on legends -- guests include Francisco

Overview

If your appetite for traditional Cuban mambo and son has not yet been slaked by the Buena Vista Social Club and their many spin-offs, Caravana Cubana is ready to relieve you. Eight muscular rumbas and descargas are presented by a spirited multigenerational ensemble that's long on legends -- guests include Francisco Aguabella, the newly rediscovered conguero who first got down with Katherine Dunham and later Dizzy Gillespie in the '50s; Chucho Valdés, the volcanic pianist who needs no introduction; Al McKibbon, bassist with Dizzy and Chano Pozo; and the ubiquitous Pio Leyva, singer and bongosero with the BVSC. Then there're the young bloods: Bamboleo, the female-fronted stars of Cuba's timba scene; Maraca Valle, ace arranger and flutist; Jimmy Bosch, the Puerto Rican powerhouse on trombone; and others. Does the whole exceed the sum of its parts? Yes, on tracks like "Chucho Carabalí," the full-bodied bass, piano, and congas are electrifyingly jazzy, without the mustiness that's become de rigueur for the ad hoc Latin orchestra sound. Nominated for a Grammy in its original, limited-distribution form, these LATE NIGHT SESSIONS are proof of the prodigious Cuban expat talent right here in the U.S.A.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
This is an album spawned from a memorial to Emilio Vandenedes, a radio man from L.A. and Miami. A multitude of Cuban artists who knew and loved him turned out to perform a memorial service of sorts, which eventually evolved into a full-fledged album. The artists on the album range from 18 to 83 in age, and include some of the great legends of Cuban music (as well as American jazz in Al McKibbon): Chucho Valdes, Francisco Aguabella, Pio Leyva, and others. The quality of the music is enough to make any given fan of the Cuban roots craze (spawned in the U.S. by Buena Vista Social Club, among others) turn and take a second look at what had been happening in Cuba prior to Ry Cooder. Newer generation players also appear, including the vocal group Bamboleo, flutist Orlando Valle, and bassist Carlos del Puerto, Jr. As usual, all of the major styles (guajira, rumba, comparsa, bolero, son, descarga, bata) of Cuban music appear in some form in the midst of the playing. As to highlights, the whole album is of a seemingly equal quality and, as such, there is nothing that stands out specifically from the rest, though all of the music is quite well-performed and brings in many of the aspects of Cuban music that set it apart from other types. Pick it up as a fan of any sort of "world music", but especially as a Latin or Cuban music fan.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2000
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227802820
catalogNumber:
78028

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Caravana Cubana   Primary Artist,Group
Chucho Valdés   Piano
McKibbon   Bass
Pío Leyva   Vocals
Francisco Aguabella   Timbales
Tony Alba   Choir, Chorus,Coro,Guiro
Ramon Flores   Trombone,Trumpet
Lazaro Galarraga   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Claves,Chekere,Bata,Coro,Coros
Nengue Hernandez   Bongos,Timbales,Bata,Coro
Eric Jorgensen   Trombone
Harry Kim   Trumpet
Danilo Lozano   Flute
Johnny Polanco   Tres
Hector "Rudy" Regalado   Timbales,Cata
Michito Sánchez   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Maracas,Chekere,Tumbadora,Guiro,Campana
Ramon Stagnaro   Tres
David Stout   Trombone
Gary Stout   Trombone
Mike Turre   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Bosch   Trombone
Carlos del Puerto   Bass
Miguel "Angá" Diaz   Conga
Orlando "Maraca" Valle   Flute
Bamboleo   Coro,Coros
Pepe Martinez   Choir, Chorus,Chekere,Coro
Miguel Angá   Conga
Roberto Lopez   Guitar
Joe Rotunde   Piano
Jose Gomez   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Polanco   Tres
Luis Alba   Tumbadora
Alejandro Borrero   Choir, Chorus
Pablo Mendez   Violin
Vannia Borges Hernandez   Choir, Chorus
Armando Cantero   Choir, Chorus
Gary Eisenberg   Trombone,Trumpet
Luis Eric González   Trumpet
Marylynn Gutiérrez   Choir, Chorus
Neugue Hernández   Bongos,Timbales,Choir, Chorus,Bata
Perico Hernández   Percussion,Conga,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Coro,Quinto,Coros
Pío Leiva   Vocals
Rigoberto López   Guitar
Rocío Marron   Violin
Dervy Rojas   Guitar,Maracas,Choir, Chorus,Coro
Ricardo Alba   Cajon
Raúl Travieso Rodríguez   Bongos,Conga,Choir, Chorus,Coro,Campana
Carlos del Puerto   Bass

Technical Credits

George Hernandez   Executive Producer
Mark V.   Engineer
David Stout   Arranger
Carlos del Puerto   Arranger
Joe Rotunde   Arranger
Alan Geik   Producer,Liner Notes
Barry Keenen   Engineer
Gary Eisenberg   Arranger
Perico Hernández   Arranger,Director
Nina Lenart   Liner Notes,Executive Producer

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