Buena Vista Social Club

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Catalog: 279478
Format: CD

1. Chan Chan 2. De Camino A La Vereda 3. El Cuarto De Tula 4. Pueblo Nuevo 5. Dos Gardenias 6. Y Tu Que Has Hecho 7. Veinte Anos 8. El Carretero 9. Candela 10. Amor De Loca Juventud 11. Orgullecida 12. Murmullo 13. Buena Vista Social Club 14. La Bayamesa

Ry Cooder's name has helped bring attention to this session, but it's the veteran Cuban son musicians who make this album really special. Reminiscent of Ellington in its scope and sense of hushed romanticism, Buena Vista Social Club is that rare meld of quietude and intensity; while the players sound laid-back, they're putting forth very alive music, a reminder that aging doesn't mean taking to bed. Barbarito Torres's laoud solo on "El Cuarto de Tula" is both more blinding and more tasteful than any guitar showcase on any recent rock album; a quote from "Stormy Weather" and some very distinct parallels to Hawaiian styles remind us of why it's called "world music." --Rickey Wright

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