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Tribute to the Cuarteto Patria
Genres: World Music, Latin Music
While poorly produced releases from fellow Buena Vista stars start to sound stale, guitarist Eliades Ochoa is soaring in quality with every new album. Though the folkish Cuban son that Ochoa plays isn't as vibrant, sassy, ... more »
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While poorly produced releases from fellow Buena Vista stars start to sound stale, guitarist Eliades Ochoa is soaring in quality with every new album. Though the folkish Cuban son that Ochoa plays isn't as vibrant, sassy, or romantic as that played by his counterparts, it's still gorgeous in form and reverent toward tradition. A Tribute to Cuarteto Patria finds the tres player crisply recorded and backed by an expert ensemble, playing tunes from Cuarteto Patria's repertoire, whose unique rural flavor grows more potent with each song. --Karen K. Hugg
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Truthseeker | New London, CT United States | 09/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"How do you top albums like "The Lion Is Loose" and "Sublime Illusion?" For Eliades Ochoa, who has to be on the very shortest of short lists of the world's greatest guitarists (who's better?), you do it by digging even deeper into the rich soil of your roots: the sons of the Santiguerras. His "tribute" echoes with music generations old and yet as fresh as tomorrow. This album is different than any of his others: It has ghosts in it and a deep tug of ancient voices that brings it to another level. It is subtle, powerful, ineluctable. Buy this one. You won't be able to stop listening to it."
Son For You
Enrique Torres | San Diegotitlan, Califas | 10/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Few artists leave me eagerly anticipating their next release. However Eliades Ochoa does just the opposite, I look for his music constantly. His newest release is available everywhere and with good reason, the man is incredible, a voice that is unique and dexterity on guitar that rivals the maestroes around the globe. He is without doubt one of the great, if not the greatest contemporary Cuban sonerero. Tribute to the CUARTETO PATRIA, the newest release by Ochoa is in a word, magnificent. The CD was recorded, as the title indicates to honor his roots and a band celebrating 60 years of music, Cuarteto Patria. The inspiration for the CD proves to the right thing as this CD is an instant classic. I've listened to it numerous times already and it is superb. Recorded in Spain and Cuba with many guest musicians, including his brother and several other Ochoa's, Faustino Oramas on vocals including some great percussion work by Joaquin Solorzano this CD is full of earthy roots music. The music leaves you exhilirated and wanting to hear it again, and again. 12 tracks with no less than seven of the Son variety, Ochoa delivers heart felt campesino or country music. The CD opens with Yri Yri Bon that is a celebration of being Cuban and the rhythmns of life surrounding Cubanisimo. The chorus repeats the title numerous times and you know you're listening to the real deal. None of the songs dissapoint and the standouts include, Si Sabes Bailar Mi Son and Me Voy Pa Sibanicu, just to name a few, but really every track is a winner. The accompanying booklet is bilingual so if you're not Spanish speaking you can still enjoy the "meanining" of the lyrics. For now this CD will be played often, at home or on the road, until I find my next Eliades Ochoa CD. Get this CD now, satisfaction guaranteed to all music lovers of Cuban son."
Gotta have it
Enrique Torres | 07/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before I get into how flawlessly talented Ochoa is, let me say that the main editorial review for this album really bugged me 1. The artists from Buena Vista Social Club hardly sound "stale," it's more like: that CD is often the only cuban music cd many americans listen to... so, duh...newbies need to move on, discover more 2. Ry Cooder is, however, stale and pretty much on par with an "Indian (goods) Trader" in the Southwest -- profiting from the talent of another culture. Yeah right, until Ry Cooder came along, man, I had never heard of these famous, brilliant, talented artists who had long-st anding careers... uh huh. Give me a break. As for Ochoa -- he offers the some of the best cuban country boy music around, and this is a flawless album. One of my favorites. You won't be disappointed."