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Cuba: I Am Time
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
Cleverly packaged in a faux cigar box, this four-CD compilation of Cuban music is designed with the curious fan in mind. Each disc is dedicated to a genre: Cuban Invocations (Afro-Cuban religious music), Cantar en Cuba (so... more »
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Cleverly packaged in a faux cigar box, this four-CD compilation of Cuban music is designed with the curious fan in mind. Each disc is dedicated to a genre: Cuban Invocations (Afro-Cuban religious music), Cantar en Cuba (songcraft), Bailar con Cuba (dance music), and Cubano Jazz (jazz). Rather than attempting a full historical account, the selection of both classic and modern performers suggests the evolution of the music in broad, bold strokes. Cantar en Cuba features singer Maria Teresa Vera, a key historical figure, but also up-to-the-minute salsero Issac Delgado. In Cubano Jazz, the late bandleader Mario Bauza, crucial in the birth of Latin jazz in the early '40s, is represented alongside contemporary pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba. The accompanying 112-page booklet includes essays, interviews, and a useful song-by-song discussion that sets the music in context. The result is an informative, rewarding overview of Cuban music--and a terrific instant dance-music collection. --Fernando Gonzalez
Nice selections, inadequate documentation
Richard Periut | 07/02/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Good sampler of styles and artists. However, while the well illustrated booklet that accompanies the set discusses at length cultural and religious influences on the music, basic information such as recording dates and personnel is completely absent. For a newcomer to Cuban music trying to piece together a history of major artists, innovators and most influential recordings, the lack of discographical information and historical context is frustrating."
Can't get any better.
Richard Periut | Little Ferry, New Jersey United States | 09/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is truly an eclectic collection of the diversity that makes not only the Cuban music, but its people. Of course, it does not include the classical compositions of Ernesto Lecuona (I recommend Lecuona plays Lecuona,) amongst other Cuban musicians of different genres. It does justice with respect to the music of the early 20th century, to the latter years of musicans under Castro's BIG eye."