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Salsa - Released April 15, 2016 | World Circuit

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography - The Unusual Suspects
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Salsa - Released May 21, 2009 | Sony Music Latin

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Salsa - Released September 15, 1997 | World Circuit

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Salsa - Released December 1, 2008 | Because Music

Distinctions 9/10 de Trax
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Salsa - Released June 2, 2014 | Teranga Beat

Booklet Distinctions Top du mois de Jazznews
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Salsa - Released October 14, 2016 | World Circuit

The success of the Buena Vista Social Club series gave Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer the chance to finally begin his dream project in 2005, the recording of an entire album of bolero pieces, the musical form Ferrer loved above all others. Unfortunately the 78-year-old singer died in August of that year while sessions for the project were still underway, and that Mi Sueño (My Dream) exists at all is in itself a small miracle. Ferrer left behind high-quality vocal demos of the boleros he still intended to record for the album, but these tapes were apparently misplaced and Ferrer's dream seemed destined to go unfulfilled. The demos were eventually recovered, and Mi Sueño has finally seen the light of day. It is the perfect goodbye from Ferrer, a fitting and beautiful last testament that spotlights his easy and smoky vocals over subtle, non-intrusive arrangements generally featuring pianist Roberto Fonseca, guitarist Manuel Galbon, and bassist Cachito Lopez. The late Rubén González adds piano to the beautiful "Melodía del Río," a track produced by Ry Cooder in 1998 that fits seamlessly with the newer recordings. Javier Zalbar's clarinet lines add perfect lift to "Copla Guajira," the closest thing to an up-tempo piece here, but then the romantic lilt of the classic Cuban bolero isn't about speed and energy but is instead about an elegant gliding through the motions of love, and Ferrer does it perfectly. He would have been proud of this album. It has a calm and measured grace, and flows like a watery sequence from a dream -- Ibrahim Ferrer's dream, to be exact. ~ Steve Leggett
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Salsa - Released July 27, 2004 | Dance Music

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Salsa - Released November 4, 2016 | World Circuit

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Salsa - Released September 26, 1995 | Legacy - Epic Associated

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Salsa - Released January 26, 2018 | ADLIB

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Salsa - Released June 30, 2006 | Sony Music Latin

Salsa - Released September 27, 2002 | PirosJuan\'sDigital

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Salsa - Released August 25, 2017 | Klanglobby

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Salsa - Released April 30, 1995 | Iswjdigital

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Salsa - Released May 15, 2015 | Latin Empire

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Salsa - Released January 26, 2018 | Urban Latin Records

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Salsa - Released August 23, 2013 | World Circuit

A lively, spontaneous record that manages to sound both relaxed and forceful at the same time, A Toda Cuba Le Gusta shows off the talents of many of Cuba's elder statesmen of Afro-Cuban jazz. Over gently pulsating conga grooves and low-register ostinatos, such luminaries as pianist Ruben Gonzalez and singer Manuel "Puntillita" Licea float dramatic melodies, as their solo contributions are answered by brass section chords as thick and sweet as cane syrup. Although it is Ruben Gonzalez' presence on this album that gets the most attention, his tendency towards relentless chromaticism becomes tiresome early on, especially when it is contrasted with the exquisite phrasing and tremulous beauty of singers such as Licea, Raul Planas, and Ibrahum Ferrer. As would be expected, the trumpets blare with traditional Cuban bravado, evoking gentle romance and fiery passion with equal ease. Even the resident gringo, Ry Cooder, gets in some choice licks on "Alto Songo." The relative lack of dynamic movement in most of these songs may lead to them blending together in the ear of the listener, but the inherent tunefulness of each track, not to mention the sheer drive that this band is capable of summoning, cancels that complaint out nicely. An important collaboration and a promising debut. ~ Daniel Gioffre
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Salsa - Released December 1, 2010 | Disques DOM

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Salsa - Released January 27, 2017 | Legacy Recordings

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Salsa - Released January 27, 2017 | Legacy Recordings

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Salsa in the magazine
  • From Father to Son
    From Father to Son Chucho Valdés and Arturo O’Farrill celebrate the art of Bebo Valdés and Chico O’Farrill…