Robby and Negro at the Third World War (La Timba No Es Como Ayer)

Robby and Negro at the Third World War (La Timba No Es Como Ayer)

by Horacio "El Negro" HernándezHoracio "El Negro" Hernández


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This album is billed as a collaboration between Lebanese drummer Robby Ameen and Cuban drummer Horacio el Negro Hernández, and while they do seem to be the leaders on this project, you can tell immediately that it's a Kip Hanrahan production. Hanrahan's exasperating mix of brilliant sound shaping and portentous self-importance is everywhere here, no more blatantly than on an utterly ill-advised Latin jazz remake of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" (with none other than Rubén Blades on lead vocal). Things do get better thereafter, though, with other guest appearances by Ann Guichard (contributing rather cheesy spoken word French vocals on "Blue, Red & White") and Zap Mama frontwoman Marie Daulne (on the very fun "La Timba Francesa"). The album's lowest point comes on the boneheadedly obvious "We've Got the Fu*k" (on which the chanted phrase "We've got the blues" is accompanied by a generic blues pattern, which then switches to a generic funk pattern over which the chant changes to "We've got the funk"), and its finest moment is the "Producer's Mix" of "Hit This, Split This," which features brilliant (and uncredited) turntable work. Overall, not bad -- but it would be nice to hear what these guys would do without Hanrahan looking over their shoulders.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/05/2005
Label: American Clave
UPC: 0692863058122
catalogNumber: 1031
Rank: 126274

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Horacio "El Negro" Hernández   Primary Artist,Percussion,Drums,Voices,Choir, Chorus,Claves,Coro,electronic percussion
Rubén Blades   Vocals,Coro
Brian Lynch   Trumpet
John Beasley   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Timpani,fender rhodes
Robby Ameen   Percussion,Drums,Voices,Timpani
Marie Daulne   Vocals
Essiet Essiet   Bass
Richie Flores   Conga
Bob Franceschini   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Lincoln Goines   Bass
Fernando Saunders   Choir, Chorus
Pedro Martinez   Vocals,Coro
Hiroyuki Koike   Violin
Rubén Rodríguez   Bass
Tomio Yajima   Cello
Luis Perdomo   Piano
Charlie Torres   Bass,Choir, Chorus
Yosvany Terry   Saxophone
Xiomara Laugart   Coro
Larry Baeder   Guitar,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Mick Jagger   Composer
Kip Hanrahan   Producer,Liner Notes
Robby Ameen   Producer
Bob Franceschini   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández   Producer
Yosvany Terry   Arranger
Dick Kondas   Engineer
Yuichi Hibi   Cover Photo

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