Ry Cooder Chavez Ravine

Chavez Ravine

Ry Cooder

Released on June 13, 2005 by Nonesuch

Main artist: Ry Cooder

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock

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Album : 1 disk - 15 tracks Total length : 01:09:36

  1. 1 Poor Man's Shangri-La

    Mike Elizondo, Bass - Jim Keltner, Drums - Ry Cooder, Guitar, Organ, Vocals, MainArtist - JOACHIM COODER, Musicians - Juliette Commagere, Vocals - Ry Cooder/William Garcia/Gene Aguilera, Writer Copyright : 2005 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2005 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  2. 2 Onda Callejera

    Mike Elizondo, Bass - Ry Cooder, Guitar, MainArtist - JOACHIM COODER, Percussion - Gil Bernal, Tenor Saxophone - Joe Rotondi, Piano - Mike Bolger, Trumpet - Juliette and Carla Commagere, Vocals - Little Willie G., Vocals - William Gracia/David Hidalgo, Writer - Ledward Kaapana, Guitar Copyright : 2005 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2005 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  3. 3 Don't Call Me Red

    Mike Elizondo, Bass - Jim Keltner, Percussion - Ry Cooder, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - JOACHIM COODER, Percussion - Jack Webb, Vocals - Juliette and Carla Commagere, Vocals - Frank Wilkinson, Vocals - Raymond Burr, Vocals Copyright : 2005 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2005 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  4. 4 Corrido de Boxeo

    Mike Elizondo, Bass - Lalo Guerrero, Vocals, Writer - Ry Cooder, Guitar, MainArtist - JOACHIM COODER, Drums - Flaco Jiminez, Accordion - Joe Rotondi, Piano Copyright : 2005 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2005 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  5. 5 Muy Fifi

    Mike Elizondo, Bass - Ry Cooder, Guitar, MainArtist - Chucho Valdes, Piano - JOACHIM COODER, Drums, Samples - Ersi Avizu, Vocals - Lillte Willie G., Jacob Garcia, Vocals - William Garcia/Joachim Cooder/Juliette Commagere, Writer Copyright : 2005 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2005 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  6. 6 Los Chucos Suaves

    Mike Elizondo, Bass - Lalo Guerrero, Vocals, Writer - Jim Keltner, Drums - Ry Cooder, Guitar, MainArtist - Gil Bernal, Tenor Saxophone - Joe Rotondi, Piano Copyright : 2005 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2005 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  7. 7 Chinito Chinito

    Ry Cooder, Guitar, MainArtist - JOACHIM COODER, Drums - Jared Smith, Bass - Carla Commagere, Vocals - Juliette Commagere, Vocals - Joe Rotondi, Piano - Mike Bolger, Organ, Trombone, Trumpet - Felguerez/Diaz, Writer Copyright : 2005 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2005 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  8. 8 3 Cool Cats

    Jim Keltner, Drums - Ry Cooder, Guitar, MainArtist - JOACHIM COODER, Percussion - Gil Bernal, Tenor Saxophone - Jared Smith, Bass - Joe Rotondi, Piano - Mike Bolger, Organ - Rudy Salas, Juliette Commagere, Carla Commagere, Vocals - Willie G., Vocals - Jerry Lieber & Mike Stoller, Writer Copyright : 2005 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2005 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  9. 9 El U.F.O. Cayo

    Mike Elizondo, Bass - Ry Cooder, Musicians, MainArtist - JOACHIM COODER, Samples - Jared Smith, Keyboards - Juliette Commagere, Vocals - Don Tosti, Vocals - Juliette Commagere/Ry Cooder/Joachim Cooder/Jared Smith, Writer Copyright : 2005 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2005 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  10. 10 It's Just Work for Me

    Mike Elizondo, Bass - Ry Cooder, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - JOACHIM COODER, Drums Copyright : 2005 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2005 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  11. 11 In My Town

    Ry Cooder, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Jacky Terrasson, Piano Copyright : 2005 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2005 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  12. 12 Ejercito Militar

    Mike Elizondo, Bass - Ry Cooder, Guitar, MainArtist - JOACHIM COODER, Drums - Flaco Jiminez, Accordion - Ersi Arvizu, Vocals - Rita Arvizu, Writer - Rosella Arvizu, Vocals Copyright : 2005 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2005 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  13. 13 Barrio Viejo

    Mike Elizondo, Bass - Lalo Guerrero, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Ry Cooder, MainArtist - JOACHIM COODER, Drums - Flaco Jiminez, Accordion - Ledward Kaapana, Guitar Copyright : 2005 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2005 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  14. 14 3rd Base, Dodger Stadium

    Mike Elizondo, Bass - Ry Cooder, Guitar, MainArtist - JOACHIM COODER, Drums - Gil Bernal, Tenor Saxophone - Bla Pahinui, Guitar, Vocals - Joe Rotondi, Piano - Mike Bolger, Trombone, Trumpet - Ry Cooder/William Garcia/Joe Kevany, Writer - Ledward Kaapana, Guitar Copyright : 2005 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2005 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  15. 15 Soy Luz y Sombra

    David Hidalgo, Guitar - Ry Cooder, Guitar, MainArtist - JOACHIM COODER, Drums, Samples - Jared Smith, Bass - Juliette Commagere, Vocals - Little Willie G., Vocals - Ersi Arvizu, Vocals - William Garcia/Joachim Cooder/Ry Cooder, Music Copyright : 2005 Nonesuch Records, Inc. 2005 Nonesuch Records Inc.

About

Three years in the making, Chavez Ravine: A Record by Ry Cooder, is his first "solo" offering since 1987's Get Rhythm. In addition, it is a concept album; but don't be afraid. It documents in mythical style the disappeared Los Angeles neighborhood of Chavez Ravine, a Mexican-American district that fought over by real etate developers, urban planning activists and city government. It was bulldozed in a sleazy deal was cut and it was razed order to erect a stadium that woiuld lure Walter O'Malley's Brooklyn Dodgers to L.A. Cooder's work has almost always concerned itself with what has been left out, marginalized, or relegated to the place of memory; it was inspired by a book of black-and-white photographs of the area by Don Normark. Over the course of its 15 songs Cooder poignantly, yet warmly, sets out to portray the flavor of the place, times, culture, chaos, and corruption of post-war Los Angeles. Here UFOs, the Red Scare, the Pachuco Scare, boxers, cops, hipster "cool cats," ordinary folks, race politics, class war, the radio, J. Edgar Hoover, baseball, and of course musicians, slip in and out of this steamy, dreamy, seamless mix that evokes an emotional palette rich and complex. The tunes range from boxy corridos, Latin swing numbers, guarachas, Afro-Cuban sons, smoky polkas, moody atmospheric pieces, riotous good-time Pachuco boogie, rootsy rock, Costa Rican folk songs, and R&B tunes. Heroes and villains come and go in this panorama, all winding around in the little neighborhood where people hang out, sing, dance, make love, struggle and sweat for a better life in the American Dream. Sung in Spanish and English, Cooder sought out musicians from the era and the place, including the late Pachuco boogie boss Don Tosti, the late legendary Lalo Guerrero (the guiding force and spirit of the album who also passed away after contributing), Ersi Arvizu, and Little Willie G., all of whom appear with Joachim Cooder, Juliette & Carla Commagere, Jim Keltner, Flaco Jimenez, Mike Elizondo, Gil Bernal, Ledward Kaapana, Joe Rotunde, Rosella Arvizu, and others. "Poor Man's Shangri-La," is a finger-popping rhumba where the extraterrestrial Space Vato beams down in a UFO to check out the 'hood to the sounds of Little Julian Herrera on the radio. Little Willie G. and the Commagere Sisters offer the lilting "Onda Calljera," a folk song documenting a war between locally stationed military and pachucos. Chavez Ravine is an intricately woven web of covers including "3 Cool Cats," by Leiber & Stoller, Guerrero's "Corrido de Boxeo" and "Barrio Viejo," and originals like the cinematic "Don't Call Me Red" (where the taped voices of Frank Wilkinson, Jack Webb, and Raymond Burr all dialogue intensely about the FBI and communist activities) and "3rd Base, Dodger Stadium," sung by longtime Cooder mate James Bla Pahinui -- who plays the part of a stadium car parker whose home was covered over by the hot corner in the ballpark. Chavez Ravine is sad and beautiful, funny, quirky and funky; it's got dirt under its nails and keeps listeners engaged from the jump with history and its colorful ghosts. Cooder sends it all off with solace, and perhaps with some hope, in a version of "Soy Luz y Sombra," a gorgeous a cappella Costa Rican folk tune with original music. Chavez Ravine is easily the most ambitious thing in Cooder's catalog, and it just may be the grand opus of his career. ~Thom Jurek

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