Son: Soul of a Nation

Son: Soul of a Nation

by Sierra Maestra


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Son: Soul of a Nation

Son might be a bit of a catch-all name for many of the Cuban styles, but there's no doubt it's completely associated with Cuba. What Sierra Maestra offer on this album is a brief history of son, with big songs from such classic composers as Beny Moré and Arsenio Rodriguez. As is apparent from the glorious resonance of the tres on the opening "El Son No Puede Fallar," they don't try and shoehorn all the songs into a single style. They mix things up, sometimes stripping things down, sometimes utilizing the band and their guests for a '50s sound reminiscent of the globally successful Buena Vista Social Club. There's plenty of melody here, as you'd expect, played with plenty of vigor and zest -- but there's also a great deal of tenderness, the full breadth of son and its possibilities. If you want to understand what makes son so special, not only to Cubans, but to the world, Son: Soul of a Nation is an excellent place to begin.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2005
Label: Riverboat
UPC: 0605633003925
catalogNumber: 330039

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sierra Maestra   Primary Artist
Amado J. Dedeu   Conga,Guest Appearance
José Antonio Rodríguez   Vocals,Group Member
Carlos Puisseaux   Guiro,Group Member
Luis Barzaga   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Eduardo Himely   Bass,Guitar,Musical Direction,Group Member

Technical Credits

Ernesto Lecuona   Composer
Beny Moré   Composer
Miguel Matamoros   Composer
Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro   Composer
Eliseo Grenet   Composer
Manuel Corona   Composer
David Flower   Liner Notes
José Antonio Rodríguez   Arranger
Ignacio Villa   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mijail Arteaga   Engineer
Eduardo Himely   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation,Musical Director,Song Selection

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