Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
This highly acclaimed 1997 musical meeting between rising American trumpet star, Roy Hargrove, and a collection of Cuban musicians including Chucho Valdes, founder of Irakere, is indeed a fine piece of music making. Given ... more »
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This highly acclaimed 1997 musical meeting between rising American trumpet star, Roy Hargrove, and a collection of Cuban musicians including Chucho Valdes, founder of Irakere, is indeed a fine piece of music making. Given the politics of our times, much was made of the rapprochement between Cuban and American musicians. However, if you approach it expecting to hear something like most contemporary Cuban dance or popular music, you may initially be disappointed. The Cuban influence is subtle rather than blatant; the dominant flavor comes from the jazz tradition. But let it work its magic on you over a few listens and the inner strengths of the two styles become entwined, the sophistication of the vision will transport you to some place where only music, and not politics, matter. These musicians work together like the fingers on your hand. --Jonathan E.
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firstname.lastname@example.org | 10/09/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This recording has some merit, but as a whole, it is not very cohesive. It is obvious that these are capable musicians, but it's also obvious that they had not spent any real time playing together before this recording session. It is loaded with weak spots both in time, and melodic thought. Lacking direction and common musical goals, it is pretty insipid, and leaves me feeling I've wasted my time with it. Throughout most of the tracks, the players resort to playing loudly what they are used to playing, and very little communication takes place. Sometimes it sounds like very little listening to each other is happening, or that maybe they were having a hard time hearing each other.
Good players.....Bad setting.....mediocre music."
A Must have CD for all Latinjazz lovers...Superb!!!!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Roy selected an All Star cast for this CD!! Chucho Valdez on piano, David Sanchez on sax, Miguel "Anga" on congas, Changuito on timbales Oracios"El Negro" on drums, well as you can see its a can't miss hit. Check out "Mr Bruce and Mambo for Roy".This is a must have CD for Latin Jazz Collectors. Ricky"
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A work of genius from start to finish, Habana goes from subtle and sublime to the all out conga jam without ever missing a beat.The rhythms seem so natural that they're already a part of you, and everything on top works perfectly, whether its a 10 piece arrangement or a solo.If you've made it to this review, you might as well hear it for yourself. Ain't no words that can do it justice.Plus, my friend Andy said it was a Mitzvah to turn anyone on to this album. Nuff said."