Putumayo Presents: Cafe Cubano

Putumayo Presents: Cafe Cubano


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Moving along their trail of café music from around the world, Putumayo put together a compilation of relaxed, sentimental Cuban music that packs a pretty serious punch. There are a few heavy hitters on the album, but very few will have any name recognition outside of a few dedicated aficionados. After an opening track from Miami-based José Condé, Afro-Cuban All Star Ignacio Carrillo dusts off a beautiful old Miguel Matamoros number with a perfect tone. Pedro Luis Ferrer (now making a name on the world market) contributes a number, as does Rene Ferrer, with an outstandingly touching bit of nueva trova. After a quick Buena Vista-style piece featuring Adriano Rodriguez, German Obregón contributes a lilting guajira, with its characteristic string work. Armando Garzón's bolero evokes the nightclub exoticism of the 1950s, the younger Asere contribute a mix of bolero and son, and one more bolero in the vein of a Beny Moré track brings the album up to the end of the classic stylings. To finish off the rounds, Kelvis Ochoa presents something more in the realm of the singer/songwriter style gaining ground in Cuba bit by bit. It's a completely relaxed album, and a completely relaxing one, with outstanding musical quality throughout. This isn't the Buena Vista Social Club sound that many may be expecting from a compilation of Cuban music -- there is very little son, and essentially no rhumba. Just plenty of soul.

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Release Date: 05/27/2008
Label: Putumayo World Music
UPC: 0790248027821
catalogNumber: 278

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