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81. Portraits of Cuba [Hybrid]
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84. Los Hombres Calientes, Vol. 2
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85. I Remember Clifford
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86. Best Of Chesky Classics &
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88. At Newport [Verve]
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89. Gracias Compay: The Definitive
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81. Portraits of Cuba [Hybrid]
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82. Papa Gato
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5-0 out of 5 stars as a avid Poncho fan...I say this is in my top 3....
I bought Papa Gato on cassette when it first came out in 87'...the band was really gelling at this time...my cassette just wore out and without hesitation I must now replace on CD...every track is a winner..to any new Poncho fans,or someone says to me recommend a Poncho CD...I would not go wrong saying..buy "Papa Gato" and have the fire extinguisher near by...cause it's hot! ! ... Read more


83. Ritmo Caliente
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Years ago, the Nuyorican pianist/bandleader Eddie Palmieri christenedhimself "the Sun of Latin Music," and with the recent deaths of MongoSantamaria and Tito Puente, his claim to that title today is unchallenged.This CD, which translates as "Hot Rhythm," harkens back to the two-trombonefrontline he pioneered in the 1960s with his legendary La Perfecta ensemble.Trombonists Conrad Herwig and Renaldo Jorge make up the frontline withex-Art Blakey Jazz Messenger trumpeter Brian Lynch. Percussionist José"Cochi" Claussell, drummer Robert Ameen, and bassist Joe Santiago provide thepunch behind these tunes in the classic, salsa-friendly Afro-Cubantempo and mode. Palmieri's percussive pianisms swing with a groove thatpropels both Latin and jazz rhythms. On "Gigue (Bach Goes Batá)," Palmierifuses J.S. Bach with Afro-derived batádrumming, while"Grandpa Semi-Tone Blues" is a catchy Antillean blues number.Palmieri'sThelonious Monk-like piano style is extremely percussive, and in his hands theinstrument becomes 88 well-tuned hand drums. --Eugene Holley, Jr. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars El Maestro again!
Again Mr. Palmieri "El Maestro" bring to us the best piece of his artwork, a delightful cocktail of Afro-cuban and Latin jazz.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Latin Jazz
I recently attended the Monterey Jazz festival and was priviledged to hear Eddie Palmieri (who wasn't even scheduled). This album is a treat for both jazz and salsa fans. Eddie shows his versatility, particularly in the amazing Gigue (which marries Bach to Latin jazz!). Also notable are Ms. Joseph's flute solos in several numbers. No, these aren't all dance numbers, but they're all great jazz!

5-0 out of 5 stars Even more brilliant
The guy who fills me of energy every day right before heading to work, has made an even better cd, more of my taste. I feel he has added a little new style (that i love): tracks 4, 5 and 11 bring an extra scent of a Herman Olivera, lead vocalist, when we listen to him right after the choir, at the end or the middle of the sentence. I love it, it's my inspiration. Eddie is simply the best, now that Tito Puente has gone, leaving him with no big competience.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hot! And not...
"La Voz del Caribe", the first track, sets the bar for this CD pretty high. A tightly arranged, energetic number with Hermann Olivera on vocals, it should get everyone out on the dancefloor. "Sujetate La Lengua" is also a great track with the same kind of drive. Both of these tracks are great examples that salsa dura is alive and well!

Unfortunately the rest of the tracks can't seem to keep up. The more "jazzy" numbers effectively kill the momentum of the CD. Several of the instrumental tracks are decent, but in order to keep pace with "La Voz..." and "Sujetate..." they definitely could have used some slammin vocals from the likes of Mr. Olivera.

I realize that Mr. Palmieri is following the old school formula of mixing in mellower jazz tunes w/hot dance tracks. The balance of this CD is, however, pretty slanted towards the jazz side. I think maybe Mr. Palmieri should have considered keepin this album strictly a red-hot salsa album, and saved the jazz material for a separate album, or at least slanted the album in the other direction!

5-0 out of 5 stars powerful
El Maestro proves once more why he is is the best. He remains innovative. His sound is full, lush, "pegajoso" and irristible. Above all he gives us rich,complex and delicious music. May he continue to be the latin music fountain for a long time. ... Read more


84. Los Hombres Calientes, Vol. 2
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Loosely translated as "The Hot Men," this New Orleans-based trio of percussionist Bill Summers, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, and drummer Jason Marsalis go way beyond their homeboy Jelly Morton's command to add tinges of Latin to jazz. Augmented by bass, guitar, piano vocal, and drums, they create a swinging and dancing musical dish prepared with equal ingredients from all over the African diaspora: from the parade pulsations of "Comparsa N.O." to Argentine amour of "Tangeaux-zon." Marsalis, the boy wonder of his famous family, assimilates an astonishing array of moods and grooves, whether he's swinging a Latin mix on Roberta Flack's hit "Feel Like Makin' Love," laying down a roots riddim on the Black Uhuru-sounding "Rasta Renegade," or Afro-Americanizing the Cuban beat on "Fongo Sunk." A young Miles Davis with a tropical tone best describes Mayfield's sound on the three-part, "Cuban Suite," which includes an impressionistic string quartet, a balmy bolero, and a moving montuno. Bill Summers, the star of this outfit, is perhaps the best American-born African drummer ever. His sacred rhythms on "Alabi Oyo E" and "Suite Obatala" echo his work on Quincy Jones's Roots soundtrack, and the booty-shaking remake of "Chameleon," which he made famous with Herbie Hancock and Parliament's "We Want the Funk," reminds everybody where the "one" is. --Eugene Holley Jr. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An eclectic trip through many musical neighborhoods.
Having lived with, and listened to, Hombres Calientes, Volume 2, for several months, I have come to the conclusion that the disc is like a subway car ride through many musical neighborhoods. After each cut, it is as though the listener re-enters the darkness, each time emerging to a different beat, style or rhythm. While not all of the tracks work, enough should catch your attention in a first listening to prompt you to go back and re-visit and experience. Soon, you may find yourself enjoying every stop on the route.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Smoking Live Band in the World today
I have seen Los Hombres Calientes at least 7 times including each of the past 3 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals. Their live show is one of the greatest shows I have ever seen. I know why they won the Billboard Music Award. Such imagination, technique, and musicianship from each of their members. Yvette is a beautiful woman whose presence on stage enhances the feeling of the crowd and teaches some of us who are not so great at dancing how to move gracefully to music. Irvin Mayfield is going to be near the top of the list of the best trumpeters ever...up there with Miles, Wynton, and Freddy. Bill Summers is the most gifted percussionist on the planet. I leave both of their first 2 CD's in my CD player all the time and can't wait for their 3rd.

1-0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment
I went to see this group live in Houston last night and bought this CD before the concert started. Unfortunately, I should have waited till intermission and saved the $15 instead. Not knowing anything about Los Hombres Calientes I expected a true Latin Jazz group as advertised in their billing. Unfortunately this group does not have one ounce of Latin blood or spirit among them and it shows in this CD and their performance. One of the pieces they attempted last night was Mandinga, a great Cuban guaracha/son which they simply botched. Los Hombres Calientes must be trying to capitalize on the current popularity of Latin music, given their name and billing, however they should call themselves The Hot Men and play New Orleans jazz instead, a genre better suited for their style. If you want to listen to a real Mandinga, buy the Ruben Gonzales version on World Circuit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Outstanding!
This CD is definitely one of my absolute favorites. It is always one of the 5 cd's in my cd player and I have another copy for the car. This is truly inspired and ORIGINAL music. I'm lucky enough to live in New Orleans, so I can sometimes catch LHC live! Bill Summers (of HeadHunters fame) is a musical genius. LHC have a great international sound mixed with some true new orleans flavour! Irvin Mayfield has got to be the most talented young artist around. His style is really his own, and his compositions are original and moving. You don't have to think twice about this purchase. This CD is a MUST HAVE.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing...
Sometimes, when a group you love releases a new disc, there is a nervous anticipation in the days leading up to it. "Can they do it again? Will it be fresh?" etc... All these thoughts ran through my mind. Have no fear. Los Hombres Calientes do not become complacent on their second outing. From the string quartet on "Cuban Suite, Pt. 1" to the NOLA rap/brass band mixed in with latin vocals on "A Comer Y A Descargar", they have beguiled and amazed me yet again. Summers, Marsalis, Mayfield, et al drive home their intoxicating blend of latin rythms and Big Easy soul. I am not kidding; nothing else sounds like these guys. From the straight NOLA jazz sound at the beginning of "Blues De Enredo" to the funk smackdown of "Chameleon/We Want The Funk" that ends the disc, you will be amazed at how all of these sounds can coexist and become greater than the sum of their parts.

LHC is on the move, indeed! If you are one of the many Jazzoholics who believe they have heard it all and that there is nothing original out there anymore, slap this one in your changer, and change your outlook. ... Read more


85. I Remember Clifford
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Arturo Sandoval pays tribute here to Clifford Brown, the trumpeter who died in 1956 at age 25, but whose work remains a dominant influence on contemporary bop trumpeters. It's a thoughtful tribute, including a selection of Brown's own memorable bop anthems ("Daahoud," "Joy Spring," and "Blues Walk"), tunes associated with Brown (Bud Powell's "Parisian Thoroughfare" and Duke Jordan's "Jordu"), and two affecting tributes (Benny Golson's classic "I Remember Clifford" and Sandoval's own "I Left This Space for You"). Sandoval does these great tunes justice with a fine band spearheaded by pianist Kenny Kirkland and saxophonist Ernie Watts that's perfect for the idiom. Sandoval overdubs trumpet section arrangements of some of Brown's own quicksilver solos, paying homage in a way that combines the formalism and flamboyance that are the building blocks of the style. --Stuart Broomer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Tribute to one of the most Complete jazz Legends
This album is a moving tribute to an artist who will never receive as much credit as he is due in the jazz industry. Any serious listener of jazz ought to know Clifford Brown as one of the gospels of jazz. Brown's brilliant trumpet playing was as responsible as any for the way jazz is today. That said, Sandoval's tribute to Brown comes as close to doing him justice as anyone could. The interpretation of Brown's solo in Cherokee is brilliant and inspired. The addition of Golson's "I Remember Clifford" plus Sandoval's own tribute to the master "I Left This Space For You" really provide a beautiful grounding to this, one of the greatest jazz tribute albums I've ever gotten my hands on. Sandoval does a great job on Cliff's classics, especially the pre-bop masterpiece of "Joy Spring". This album is a must have for any lover of trumpet, of jazz, or of the legends of music.
Improvisation: 4 out of 5
Continuity/Song Choice: 5 out of 5
Originality: 5 out of 5

Overall: 5 out of 5
Favorite cuts: Joy Spring (2) Cherokee (4) I Left This Space for You (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
I'm a music student and my private teacher brought in this CD one day and I was amazed. I have never hear a trumpeter so fast or a tenor saxophone sound so good. This CD has a lot of centimental value to many, and I would recommend every musician, music lover, friend of a musician, everyone listen to this music. It will blow you away.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Remember Clifford
This is an awesome CD. In memory of Clifford Brown, an excelent trumpet player. You can't go wrong with this CD and if you know the background of the CD it makes some of the songs much more enjoyable. ... Read more


86. Best Of Chesky Classics & Jazz & Audiophile Test Disc, Vol. 2
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4-0 out of 5 stars A must have
A good CD to have to gauge the ability of one's system. A must have. It was one of the best CD made based on the available technology at the time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best for CD
I have 4 test CDs and this is best for testing CD-players and DAC. Fine disk for audiophiles and studio professional! ... Read more


87. Cuban Blues: The Chico O'Farrill Sessions
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5-0 out of 5 stars Muy caliente -- essential listening for Cuban music fans!
It's tough to do justice to composer-arranger-bandleader Chico O'Farrill's myriad contributions to Latin jazz (& Afro-Cuban music), but one spin of these discs will tell you far more than anything I could write. Cuban Blues is a superb compilation that includes all of Chico's '50s sessions with his own band, (and a bonus cut in his first "Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite" performed by Machito's Afro-Cubans). And here -- in one place -- are impossible-to-find LPs like "Chico O'Farrill's Mambo Dance Sessions."

If you love Latin jazz (& Cuban music, too), this is essential listening! ... Read more


88. At Newport [Verve]
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Besides Dizzy Gillespie, no founding father of modern jazz had the tenacity to keep a big band together for an extended period of time. Gillespie managed to do it in the late 1940s and then again in the mid-'50s, creating electrifying music in the process. The band of the 1950s toured the world extensively under U.S. State Department auspices, honing tight sectional play and developing explosive power on a book of new arrangements. Those strengths show in this 1957 Newport appearance, both on the extended treatments of Gillespie's earlier masterpieces, such as "A Night in Tunisia" and "Manteca," and on new material, including Ernie Wilkins's arrangement of Horace Silver's "Doodlin'" and Benny Golson's lustrous "I Remember Clifford." Whether doing comic vocals or letting his trumpet soar over the charging band, Gillespie is in magnificent form here, supported by Golson and Billy Mitchell on tenors, altoist Ernie Henry, and pianist Wynton Kelly. The concert also includes selections from Mary Lou Williams's "Zodiac Suite," with the composer joining the band on piano. --Stuart Broomer ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not as Good As Others
As a devoted fan of Dizzy, must respectfully disagree with the opinions described below. The overly-fast tempos of the up tunes destroy any possibility of the band swinging, and the Mary Lou Williams set is deadly dull. "Manteca" comes off best, and "School Days" is very good rock 'n' roll, with Charlie Persip providing a nice backbeat. I have this on vinyl and in mono and it sounds much better that way. The stereo mix on the CD is raw and unbalanced.

For my money, the best live set by this aggregation is "Dizzy in South America, Vol. 1." "Vol. 2" is mostly dross, but "Vol. 1" is superb----Dizzy has never sounded better.

5-0 out of 5 stars "We'd like to open up this set, ladies and gentlemen...
One of the top 10 jazz CDs, in my opinion, this catches Dizzy's "State Dept." big band of the mid 50s LIVE, with arrangements by Benny Golson and with Al Grey, Wynton Kelly, a young Lee Morgan, and - as Dizzy tells you at length...the star of the band...PEE WEE MOORE. OK, well, the set opens up smokin' with "Dizzy's Blues", and if Diz ever played better I have yet to hear it. The band then launches into "School Days", which serves as a double 'take-off'. First, Diz shows the Newport audience that he, as well as the Duke, can whip an audience into a frenzy; and secondarily spoofing the 'one note ride' that had become prevalent in jazz as well as R&B to the point of absurdity. However; as absurd as Diz tries to make it, it still works wonders with a great band blowing changes behind it. "Doodles" is the Pee Wee Moore send-up...Golson's "I Remember Clifford" is truly memorable and "Cool Breeze" catches the band roaring again. Mary Lou Williams comes out and is featured, as mentioned by the previous reviewer. The highlight of the set, for me, is the live, wide-open version of "Manteca" - the best version on record even without congas. Diz sort of ends with "A Night In Tunisia", then clowns the REAL end of the show. This set is memorable for all the things that jazz should be - great playing, great showmanship, and tremendous fun. It is a must have CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars His best? Quite possibly...
A year after Duke Ellington brought the house down at the Newport Jazz Festival, Dizzy came back and did it, too. The big band captured on this disc, the one Dizzy traveled around the world with for the State Department, may arguably have been his best, featuring Al Grey, Ernie Henry, Benny Golson, Pee Wee Moore, Wynton Kelly, and a young Lee Morgan on trumpet. The energy and volume of the orchestra on tunes such as Dizzy's Blues, Manteca, and Cool Breeze is truly incredible. Benny Golson's recently composed 'I Remember Clifford' is given an appropriately somber and moving arrangement. Mary Lou Williams comes out of semi-retirement to play piano on 'Carioca' and three selections from her own 'Zodiac Suite'. The biggest treat on this album, though, is a funky, often hilarious run-through of Horace Silver's 'Doodlin', where baritone legend Pee Wee Moore shows everybody the true meaning of minimalism. And the playing of John Birks himself has never been better, roaring above the rest of the band at will with machine-gun speed and harmonic precision. Trumpeter Lee Morgan has a breakthrough performance when Dizzy gives him the solo for Night in Tunisia, and Morgan responds admirably. This CD reissue is always exciting, often funny, and absolutely essential.

5-0 out of 5 stars great music
this is a must have disc.all of the genius elements that made dizzy the genius that he is can be found on this disc.his style his humor are all on display in ther fullest zenith.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Intro to Dizzy
This album is a great example of Dizzy's showmanship and humor. You can tell everyone is having fun. Because of this it is accesible to anyone, jazz enthusiast or not. An essential in a record collection. ... Read more


89. Gracias Compay: The Definitive Collection
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Until his Death in 2003, at the Age of 95, Compay Segundo was One of the Last Treasures of Cuba. Rediscovered in the 1990's Through the Buena Vista Social Club, He was Awarded a Grammy in 1998 and Toured the World's Most Important Venues. A Summary of the Most Successful Part of Segundo's Career, Gracias Compay: The Definitive Collection, Includes all his Hits, Like the World-famous 'chan Chan' (In the Two Versions Recorded in 1996 and 1999), 'macusa', 'sarandonga', 'guantanamera', 'el Camison De Pepa', etc. The Booklet Will Include all the Lyrics and a Text by his Manager and Friend Luis Lazaro, as Well as Photographs. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection
For anyone who enjoys the Buena Vista Social Club cd this is an absolute must own collection from the great Compay Segundo. The tunes include Chan Chan from the BVSC but in a different version. The tunes are all beautifully sung and the instumental accompaniment is outstanding. A great addition to any music collection. Compay Segundo's music exudes a joy that is irresistable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gracias, Indeed
While listening to this CD one is transported to another realm. Compay knew the essence of enjoyment and he conveys this feeling to the listener so effortlessly and effectively. This music leaves one's spirit soaring. His rendition of 'Chan Chan' and 'Guantanamera' is sublime.
An excellent collection of Compay's songs and very well priced to boot. ... Read more


90. Afro-Cuban
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
This is one of my all time favorite, desert island discs. The band cooks and Dorham plays with intensity and imagination. I tried to pick out my favorite cuts from this CD for a compilation disc I was making, but I couldn't come up with one or two because the whole album cooks.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is simply 5 star, wonderful jazz,...
Kenny Dorham, besides being a prolific composer (in more styles than one), is one hell of a player; and the unit assembled here:Cecil Payne, J.J. Johnson, Oscar Pettiford, 'Potato' Valdez, and Blakey, know the Afro-Cubano genre as well as any - and it shows. These particular tracks smoke from start to finish. "Afrodesia", the Dorham opener, sets the tone for great stuff to come on the Afro-Cubano tracks, #1-5. I can see that if someone bought the CD expecting nothing but Afro-Cubano jazz, they may feel a bit cheated. I don't. I was suprised when the mood shifted, but these are grat jazz sessions, too, in their own right and genre, with classic sidemen like Silver, Heath, Mobley(in great form), Payne, and ,again, Blakey. I think that this is Dorham's best stuff, in both genres.

5-0 out of 5 stars this is hot
After listening to most of KD's published recordings I have to say that this album ranks on top. There are two separate recording sessions on this disc which compliment each other and keep the listening experience very entertaining. There is no lack of creativity on Kenny's part, each of his solos (and Hank's) are very artistic and addictive. I simply can't get this disc out of my cd player it's that good. What a timeless disc this has become.

I recommend it in the highest.

Enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars cesare
I discovered this album some years ago as i'm workin' in big music stores i've got the opportunity to listen to so much music....well!! this album is a very difficoult one to find in a record store nowdays, and every time i have it in stock i play it straight away and some customer who listen to it buy it instantly,Blakey and Potato are swingin' so much in those "salsa like" rithms Mobley is -as usual with Art Blakey and K.D.- in such a great shape givin' a wonderfull touch to evry note he plays,basically one of greatest Blue Note of all time!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great, early Latin-Stuff
As a true fan of the Blue-Note Label and after reading Mr. Buegeleisen's review of this album, I immediatly ordered it and I can tell you, it really knocks me out. Imagine, this music was done in the midfifties, but it's hot, salsalike rhythms and ensemble-sections might appeal even to people, who never heard about those great musicians. Everybody is playing fantastically, there are great solos by K.D., Hank Mobley, J.J. Johnson and Cecil Payne, and dig the drums and percussion: Blakey and "Potato" Valdez are cooking like mad, for example on "Basheer's Dream". I use to turn that music loud, get up and start dancing along with it, really. The other half of the tunes on that CD are done without percussion, sounding more boppish, and they also demonstrate the tremendous composing-and arranging talent of Kenny Dorham and some exiting solos. By the way, imagine: Those two sides were done in January and March 1955, quite around Dorham's last meeting with Cahrlie Parker on stage, just a few days, before Bird died. The mentioned tune "Basheer's Dream" seems to be dedicated to Ahmed Basheer, a guy who was, or would have liked to be Bird's manager during the latter's final weeks. ... Read more


91. Cancionero
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5-0 out of 5 stars Pura belleza
I thought I dug Cuban prodigy Pablo Milanes, but I hadn't heard "Homenaje" until I heard the Cancionero album. The strong acoustic piano lays down the rhythm, and the theme of paying homage to one's birthplace is always touching to me.

Plenty of classics are here, like the mega-popular "Yolanda", absolutely one of the most famous love-songs out there. There's the exuberant "Son para un festival" and the jazzy "Comienzo y final de una verde manana".

"Te quiero porque te quiero" pleases me because it reminds me of a Pablo Neruda poem. What music evokes one of the finest poets on earth?

My favorite track is "Son para despertar a una negrita". "Que la belleza te elija, que la bondad te defina, por siempre la felicidad conserva en ti esa sonrisa..." What mother or father does not feel such a wish for their child? And a wish you can dance to, no less.

5-0 out of 5 stars uno de lo gran trovadore
son canciones de pura poesia, y la musica la acompaña perfectamente... algunas canciones muy bailable, especialmente con tu amorcito en tus brazos. canciones de amor, para pareja, para familia, para amigos, para la vida, para el ser humano, para si mismo. que compren uds. algo de milanes, si no este, pues otro, pero algo! de lo mejore.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pablo always pablo
If you want to enjoy good cuban music,romantic and beatiful texts, you have to hear Pablo milanes one of the most important representants from the new trova in cuba. Something that you will never forget!!! ... Read more


92. Live at the Village Vanguard
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Put the force of McCoy Tyner, the superhuman keyboard agility of Art Tatum, and the delicacy of Erroll Garner into a 6-foot-4 Cuban-born frame, and you'll get Jesus "Chucho" Valdes, one of the greatest piano players on the planet. For three decades, Valdes led the Cuban superband Irakere, with Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval. But in the last few years, Valdes has been spotlighting his pianistic prowess in small combos such as the quartet he led during a spirited stint at the legendary Village Vanguard in 1999. Backed by a young group of Cuban musicians--drummer Raul Pineda Roque, percussionist Roberto Vizcaino Guillot, and bassist Franciso Rubio Pampin--Valdes turns the piano into a hurricane of melody, harmony, and rhythm.Valdes's masterful manipulations of African American jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms ring through on the supersonic tempo of "Anabis," the frenetic bebop licks on the tribute "To Bud Powell," and the Thelonious Monk-like block chords on the midtempo "Son XXI (Para Pia)." As an arranger, Valdes ingeniously reworks old Cuban standards such as "The Peanut Vendor" and "Que Bueno Baila Usted" into his own Caribbean-charged compositions, "Punto Cubano" and "Como Traigo La Yuca." Another island gem, "Drume Negrita," is redone with a funky swing capped by the vibrant vocals of the leader's sister, Mayra Caridad Valdes.The climax of this stirring set is "Ponle La Clave," Valdes's atmospheric African drum celebration that percussively points to the motherland that birthed Cuba's folkloric fusions. Valdes's tender "Encore-- Lorraine's Habanera," named for the Village Vanguard's owner--gently brings the eager and amazed audience back to Earth. --Eugene Holley Jr. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Chucho at his best ...
Chucho Valdes, the critically hailed Cuban pianist and leader of the noted big band Irakere, leads a quartet of skillful musicians in this nine song set, Live at the Village Vanguard.

Traditional Cuban music formats are the basis for Valdes' inventive compositions, arrangements and selections, but straying from them, as the group often does here, does not distract. Conversely, they take the listener to uncharted Cuban musical waters.

The disc, chock-full of incredible musicianship, plays over an hour and three minutes. "Punto Cubano" is grandly nostalgic and Valdes' piano playing stands out on this track. "Ponle La Clave" is probably the most aggressive piece in the set - very driving, uptempo and percussion-heavy. Drummer Raúl Pineda Roque and Roberto Vizcaino Guillot (congas and batá drums) are featured soloists on "Ponle". "Son XXI" and "Como Traigo La Yuca" are fine compositions (by Enrique Ubieta and Arsenio Rodriguez, respectively) and their interpretations are set apart by Chucho's impressive chops - the kind that demonstrates Valdes' virtuosity.

"Drume Negrita" features the piano master's sister, Mayra Caridad Valdes, on vocals; the swinging son livens the set. The song contains a colorful break down where Mayra scats and improvises some quick one-liners:

"Ese Negro no me va a cojer, Ahi viene mi Congo tomando café ..."

Released to the public on April 11th, Live at the Village Vanguard is Valdes' fourth release for Blue Note. The quartet also includes Francisco Rubio Pampin on acoustic bass.

5-0 out of 5 stars Upbeat and exciting
Firstly, I can't understand why some reviewers are complaining about the sound quality. I think the sound is amazing, on both my little portable cd player as well as my big surround sound system. This is my first introduction to Chucho, and I simply love it. The wonderful latin percussion and rythmn, as well as the fire and energy emanating from Chucho's brilliant piano playing. Track 6 "Drume Negrita", Chucho's sister, Mayra Caridad Valdes, joins in with a stunning vocal. I really cannot say enough good things about this album. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Latin Jazz Giant
I bought this cd just last week and loved it. At this moment I just saw Chucho Valdez live in Maracaibo, Venezuela and felt the same as when I heard the cd the first time. Pure latin energy and a beatiful sense of rithm and latin flavor. If anybody wants to get in to the latin jazz, this is the cd to buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Piano Player and Album Worth Checking Out
I saw Chucho for my first time in Boston in July '00 and this cat and his quartet infused so much energy in their concert that I went and bought this CD on the way home. I fortunately can say the energy level is the same on this album. His amazing prowess on the keys is shown in works varying from "My Funny Valentine" to "Ponie La Clave", one of many of his compositions that appears on this album. His group grooves the entire album and ethnic percussion player is smokin! The rhythms, the melodies, the moods, they are all there. The only things I found a bit lacking was the one singing track (with his sister) and a little lack of lyricalness in some of his playing. However, his style is very flashy and he puts many humorous tune quotes in the music. A very energetic album filled with the great music that comes from Cuba. Highly recommended!

3-0 out of 5 stars A Solid Live Performance
I picked this up after "briyumba palo congo", and thought it was just ok. compared to briyumba, this doesn't have as much spice. But it was worth the purchase. ... Read more


93. Seduzir
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5-0 out of 5 stars Djavan at his best
Djavan is one of my favorites, and this is one of his best. From "Pedro Brasil" (about the discoverer of Brasil, Pedro Cabral) to the haunting "Faltando um Pedaço" to "Nvula Leza Kia/Humbiumbi", his African-style duet with Gilberto Gil, this album is a classic, and to me the best period of Djavan's music.

5-0 out of 5 stars A colorfull taste of brazilian music.
Djavan is a poet and songwriter. His style is a very singular one. Each album has a different approach, and even so, or becuse of it, he is in continuous evolution. This album is one of his best. The listener will note a delicate mix between african, northern brazilian regional and jazzistic approach, which gives to his music a sweet cosmopolitan appeal. ... Read more


94. Habana
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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. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Latin Jazz at its finest
In modern times, it is rare to hear a Latin Jazz album of this quality. Roy Hargrove has taken his traditional jazz trumpet and flugelhorn chops and adapted them to work with Cuban rhythms. The mix is spectacular, and the artists chosen to work on the album couldn't be better. Everything was recorded in Cuba, with a majority Cuban group, and it shows in the quality of the music. This is a must-have album for any jazz enthusiast.

5-0 out of 5 stars LATIN JAZZ AT ITS FINEST
Roy Hargrove and his all start cast are a bunch of cats in this album. If you are a jazz fan and don't own this album then you better go and get it right now. Hands down one of the best modern jazz albums of our time. You without a doubt will not regert it. I will put my personal guarantee on it. There is a reason why this album received 5 stars. Good day.

3-0 out of 5 stars not a group
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.

5-0 out of 5 stars dope jazz
Ive long been a fan of latin jazz, but this album is so good that it made me bored with my collection. The complex beats, the powerful soloing, the wide range of moods in the songs and the genereal arc of the album: all make 'Habana' utterly, utterly compelling. The best jazz recording ive heard in years.
'Habana' starts off slow, but by track 7 [mountaings] you pulse will be pounding.
its dope.

3-0 out of 5 stars Bastante Bien
I happened to see Roy Hargrove perform live earlier this year and he blew me away, so I had high hopes for this record. (His set wasn't big on Latin flavor, but since I happen to be particularly suseceptible to Latin jazz, and since the set I saw was so wide-ranging and impressive, this seemed like a good place to start.) I'm not as impressed with Hargrove as recorded here with various Latin-flavored backing. About half the record is good (Afrodisia, Mambo for Roy, Mr. Bruce), but none of it is great, and some of it is quite weak, especially the numbers that prominently feature guitar. Oh well. There was enough here that I'll probably try another Hargrove recording, but this one didn't come close to matching his live power. ... Read more


95. Live at the Blue Note
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5-0 out of 5 stars Latin Jazz at its best
Along with Chucho Valdes' "Bele Bele En La Habana", Cubanismo's "Cubanismo" (their first release), and Monty Alexander's "Goin' Yard", this is one of the top CDs I own. This ought to give you an idea of what I think of this CD and of my taste in general.

A bit of background first. Paquito's stylistic range is very broad. In fact, I actually don't like some of his CDs, which I have bought and then given away. However, I think that "40 Years of Cuban Jam Session", except for the vocal tracks, is also a hell of a CD, albeit a little bit "ethnic" in style. I say all of this so you can see my perspective.

This CD can best be described as refreshing Latin Jazz. It's all instrumental. The musicians are from all over the place (from Chicago to Curacao). The ensemble is tight as hell. This is not a typical Latin Jazz fair; the "Latin" sense is there, but the jazz is rocking; sometimes it feels like a 1970s fusion band, but then again, the Latin stuff always comes through.

All of the cuts are entertaining; not a bad one in the mix. The musicians individually rock. The only aspect of the CD I don't like is that we don't get to hear enough solos. These musicians are all very fine performers. Paquito hams it up a little bit, though; his virtuosity permeates all the tracks.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Latin Jazz Album I Own
Never mind about the review which says that this album is for late night hours, he must have written this review for another album and posted mistakengly here. I wish that Paquito records more and more of these live recordings. The music written here is one of the better latin jazz compositions I have ever heard. The playing is wonderful. What makes this CD special is that Paquito is playing with a small combo "a quintet", not with a big "NOISY" band. The members come from different south american countries which gives this album an original latin flavour.
If any reader knows a similar album by Paquito, then please drop me an emial so that I buy it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Here's what I mean by amazing: Thanks to earlier customer reviews, Amazon has known at least since last September that the sound samples here are for a completely different cd, but have not done anything about it. I also note that one customer has written her review and recommendation based solely on these wrong samples rather than on the actual cd -- a somewhat deceptive and troubling practice.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT
DON'T LISTEN TO THE PREVIEW CUTS ANYWHERE! They are of the wrong cd...Most tracks on this disk are lively and upbeat! If you are a fan of Paquito or just love instrumental jazz, you will love this fast paced cd! Buy it NOW!

5-0 out of 5 stars Warning! The audio samples are from someone else's record!!
Believe me, I have the record and there's no tenor sax on it - not one lick!!! Excellent record, though (the real one). A great blend of latin styles-from Brazilian samba to Cuban songo to Argentinian milonga and some hard swing, Manhattan style! ... Read more


96. Butterfly Dreams
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Brazilian vocalist Flora Purim brought a unique approach to her art that profoundly altered the nature of vocalization. She expands the basic techniques of vocalise--where every syllable is phrased like a note played on a reed or brass instrument--to include world music. On the title track her voice shifts, like a chameleon, from an exotic bird camouflaged by the jungle of husband Airto Moreira's percussion effects to a soothing delivery more reminiscent of Astrud Gilberto. By the time she sings "Dindi" in Portugese, her style so encompasses the content that the shift of language sounds perfectly natural. On "Dr. Jive" she dives into a dense fusion of Latin jazz powered by Stanley Clarke's inspired bass and some of the best keyboarding in George Duke's career. Joe Henderson delivers a stellar performance on tenor sax and flute, to boot. --John Swenson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good News for 'A music fan from Chicagoland ' on this page!
"still trying to figure out if there's a CD that includes her rendition of "You're Everything" - yes!! - it's on Return to Forever's Light As A Feather, a fantastic latin jazz album with beautiful Fender Rhodes electric piano playing from Chick Corea among other luminaries, and, as on this Flora's in fine voice on a few tracks - buy it if you like this, or latin-influenced jazz!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Dreamy, indeed
Two summers ago I was looking for a new CD to buy. Although I was intrigued by "new/neo" soul, I wasn't in the mood for hip-hop based music. I did want to hear something soulful, but whose fundamental component was jazz... and I wanted something that drew on a wider base than the American tradition. The music on "Butterfly Dreams" was exactly the type of music I was looking for. I guess I was really in a retro/nostalgic mood - my description of the music (though uninformed) is that it's similar to some of Stevie Wonder's 70's music, only authentically (as opposed to ostensibly) rooted in jazz. It has all of the elements of an enjoyable jazz or popular album - the solos are fun, and the melodies range from joyful to melancholic. The musicians are all jazz legends in their own right, and Flora herself is a refreshingly unique and inspirational vocalist. Much of what I said above applies to "Open Your Eyes You Can Fly" as well (though it's much more energetic and varied), but I prefer "Butterfly Dreams" - the mood is more consistent (mellow - even the more up-tempo songs are light and "dreamy") and the songs are more haunting.

2-0 out of 5 stars there were many over indulgences in the 70's
... earth muffinish philosophies translated into boring music were some of the least harmful. this is a good example. maybe 1.5 tunes on this album are worth listening to more than once. in fairness, the same could be said for many artists and albums of this genre.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic
After wearing out the grooves in the original LP, it's wonderful to have this CD. Flora's music took me through college and I introduced her to many others. It's lovely to hear Butterfly Dreams, Dindi, Moon Dreams, and Light As A Feather again. I'm still trying to figure out if there's a CD that includes her rendition of "You're Everything". That was special. If anyone can clue me in, please do.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hummingbirds Over Flora
Flora has been gone from my life many, many years. Now she is back with a pristine performance of Dindi, the best I ever heard in 40yrs of bossa novism I carry so far... Flora is no butterfly, she is a hummingbird. GF ... Read more


97. World's Favorite Piano Love Songs, Vol. 1
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98. Conga Kings
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The aptly named Conga Kings isn't a cutting contest; it's a celebration of good fellowship among three great percussionists from two generations. On board for this mind-boggling good set of son--the style that's found such acceptance thanks to the platinum Buena Vista Social Club album--are Candido, Patato Valdes, and Giovanni Hidalgo. The music's light but insistent touch is perfectly realized here, with the three men pushing the other players forward and weaving their lines through each other's contributions. Expertly sequenced to allow the group to shine at varied tempos, the album ends with "Conga Kings Grand Finale," a seven-minute-plus affirmation of the musicians' vast talents and great affinity for one another. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE CONGA KINGS- PATATO/CANDIDO/GIOVANNI
This great CD's title says it all: "THE CONGA KINGS!"
Cuba's old time greats Patato Valdes and Candido Camero team up
with new generation percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo on a great
CD. This trio is just superb in the best latin percussion CD
to hit the market in a long time.
It's hard to pick a favorite in this great compilation, but the
favorite old time classic "Tumbando Caña" is always compelling and sweet as Cuba's sugar cane!
To Patato,Candido, Giovanni and ensemble all I can say is:
BRAVISIMO! And I hope more CD's will be forthcoming!

5-0 out of 5 stars Bravo
Very good!!!!!!!!! I don't have the knowledge of conga but just love this CD. Don't expect fancy record arrangement and nice cover design, buy it now if you expect real "Kung Fu" and passion from Candido Camero, Carlos Valdes/Giovanni Hidalgo.

All tracks are wonderful and I like the track 7 most.

5-0 out of 5 stars For the true Rumberos
If you don't know what rumba is all about you ain't got
no business here. You have veteran percussionist like
patato, candido and giovanni the best conga player in the
world period, they have put together a nice session here
and the tres and flauta really adds a touch to it.
This is one of the best CD's i bought in a long time.
YES the KINGS are alive and well.
RUMBA PA'GOZAR.

5-0 out of 5 stars The real deal
These guys are the Bach, Beethoven and Mozart of conga drumming. The recording is excellent, the playing is superb, the solos are amazing.

4-0 out of 5 stars lose the flute!
The Conga Kings is aptly titled. All three of these fine musicians are truly "Kings" of their instruments. The recording is mixed very softly, though and when the flute enters into a song, it is shrill and ear-piercing, taking away from what would otherwise be a superb recording. The drumming is melodic and beautifully rhythmic. The sound is not as slick as some of the more recent "Cuban" material, which I think is a plus. So, I gave the CD 4 stars only because of the harsh flute; the rest of the music is warm and wonderful. Next time these people record together, if there is a next time, I hope that they just leave out the flute entirely (sorry Mauricio). ... Read more


99. Lo Mejor de Lo Mejor [Begui]
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5-0 out of 5 stars belleza de la interpretación
Cuando escuché por primera vez este pianista, quede impresionado
por la limpieza del sonido y lo melodioso de su interpretación
asi que decidí adquirir "LO MEJOR DE LO MEJOR " de Enrique Chia.
En mi pais no lo he conseguido. ... Read more


100. Luzia
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Though he's recognized as flamenco's premier guitarist--with few contenders save for Tomatito, Pepe Habichuela, and Manolo Sanlúcar--Paco de Lucía has met with decades of controversy for his hybridization of the form with bossa, salsa, and jazz; for influencing flamenco-rock renegades like Ketama and Pata Negra; and for his legendary, cultivated arrogance. Albums like Luzia, named for his late mother, restore the balance: true flamenco puro of the highest order, it's a brooding reinvention from within, particularly in its complex harmonies and polyrhythms, forged around time-honored forms like bulerías and alegrías. The bustling bulería "El Chorruelo" is simply blood-boiling, a surging virtuosity at work over rapid key shifts and melodic firestorms. Written for his late collaborator--bad-boy singer Camarón de la Isla--the closing solo "Camarón" is meditative, joyous, forlorn, incensed, and sublime; in short, the real deal. A startlingly good set from a true master. --James Rotondi ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars setting the record straight
Paco de Lucia's name will stand as one of the innovators in flamenco guitar, along with other greats like Ramon Montoya and Sabicas, and being an innovator, he will be subject to adoration as well as to harsh criticism. When Ramon Montoya brought flamenco guitar to the stage front early in the last century, all traditionalists screamed: no, no, the guitar is for accompaniment only! When Paco de Lucia introduced new harmonies and new instruments into flamenco, purists were disgusted. Now, those then-new harmonies are accepted into the flamenco dictionary, and the cajón (a south American percussion instrument that Paco brought into flamenco use only a few decades ago) is considered a "very" flamenco instrument and is being used almost universally in the art form.

No one will ever be able to deny the great importance this one man has had on the development and the appreciation of the flamenco guitar, yes, of flamenco and of guitar music in general. An innovator will tread where others have not gone, and therefore will always be one step ahead of everyone else. And for that reason will be often misunderstood, certainly by those who cling to forms from the times that they themselves started appreciating flamenco.

Paco de Lucia has for the past 50 years devoted his life to the flamenco guitar and culture. While other mortals spent time with their families, Paco was spreading the word on his culture, and defending flamenco against prejudice that classified it as "music of the street". He would come back from a US tour, looking forward to spending three days over Christmas with his family before flying off to Argentina, only to learn that there was TV and press-conference duty that reduced his time off to ... three hours. To us, the audience, he gave his huge and incredible work output, both recorded, and on the concert stage. It has been a sacrifice, to gain appreciation for his beloved flamenco.

To me, his finest albums, the ones that I most recommend, are: "Almoraima" (1976), "Siroco" (1988) and "Luzia" (1998). Of those three to my ears, Almoraima is the first album in which Paco really outlines his signature unorthodox approach: the Alegría with the choir, the use of an oud (Arab lute), the deliberate build-up of the album as a whole, yes indeed the production (unheard of!). His albums up until this one had consisted of superior guitar playing, but in other people's mold. Here, Paco creates his own terrain, and that of many guitarists to follow. A gem, a jewel of a work where I cannot find a bad or overlooked moment.

After this, Paco comes out with extraordinary albums like "Solo Quiero Caminar" and many others, in which he explores his boundaries and does some of his best playing, but always in a jazzier context.

Then, he releases "Siroco": an album of so much purity, that it almost feels as if you are "there", listening to Paco play in an intimate setting. The first time I heard "Siroco" was in a very impersonal big department store in Córdoba. Tears streamed over my face during the opening song: I forgot totally where I was and let me be grabbed by this beautiful guitar playing. Well over a decade of listening to this album have not diminished its enchantment. This is to where the flamenco guitar had developed: the master first learned how to play traditionally, took an experimental and then jazzy approach, and now came back, enriched, to the roots to make a profound statement of what could be done within this traditional yet totally new idiom.

Other, younger players stood up and gave Paco a run for his money. We heard the records and concerts of people like Gerardo Nuñez, Cañizares, Tomatito, and of course Vicente Amigo, and these guitar players, who started with the level and musicianship of Paco as the leading example, and current trend, of course developed it further, and impressed us all. And, well, Paco surely was resting on his laurels. Wrong. Out comes "Luzia". It is as if Paco de Lucia wanted to set the record straight: who exactly is the master of flamenco guitar? This is an album by a mature player who is in total control of both his instrument and his idiom of choice. Gone is the youthful exploration of "Almoraima", and in comes a statement so profound and personal it is almost frightening. Paco sings (!) of how his friend and long-time collaborator, gypsy singer El Camaron, has been taken away from his side (Cameron died in 1992). There are two bulerias on this cd that are so flawlessly filled with new and exciting material it is frightening. A solea that has melodies straddling the traditional compas in a way that had never been done before and yet makes total sense; a siguiryias that builds like a classical composition.... All right, the Alegría seems a reworking of that on "Siroco" (but just as great), and the Tangos (with Duquende singing) sounds a little too easy-listening to me, but all-in-all this ranks in my world as the definitive Paco de Lucia-album.

To anyone who is in doubt whether to buy "Almoraima", "Siroco" or "Luzia", my honest advice is: skip dinner and buy all three.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simplistic Virtuosity
This is a tribute album to his mother and he evidently was very inspired as this is an exceptional CD. Established as one of the true masters of flamenco he continues to impress wih his mastery and virtuosity. His style is even more elegant on this CD , as though he has nothing to prove, just another fine piece of music without ventures into jazz or other genres. The simplicity displayed of his tremendous technical skill is beautiful, inspiring and exhillirating. If you love pure falmenco with bulerias, soleas and rondenas, this is for you. This is one of his best releases and is essential and vital Paco de Lucia, the master Spanish flamenco guitarist. Pure unadulterated guitar bliss that takes you soaring to the Iberian Peninsula.

4-0 out of 5 stars NOT YOUR TRADITIONAL FLAMENCO ALBUM
I believe Artin is a bit FULL of himself - to post his review three times? Ego knows no bounds. If you are looking for really good traditional Flamenco, this is NOT, NOT the album for you. This is "exquisitely" atypical. If you have been listening to flamenco for years and are looking for that next ethereal phase, the next step beyond traditional flamenco, this is it. If you are a novice to flamenco, are will be left completely puzzled by what you hear. Listen to Paco's Fuerte y Caudal or Siroco instead, but not this album. It is beyond the earth bound realities of traditional flamenco, and is a song from Paco's heart about his lost love. This is ABSOLUTELY a love-it or hate-it album, even for Paco fans. Go get Gerardo Nunez or Rafael Riqueni instead, if you are looking for inspired next phase traditional Flamenco. Get Paco's earlier works for fabulous listening. BUY THIS CD AT YOUR OWN RISK, ONLY IF YOU ARE READY!

5-0 out of 5 stars Artin Karapet
Paco de lucia has proved to the world what you could do with the guitar. he has shown that it is more than just music....his last track, Camaron, tells a story..it TALKS TO YOU...its not music,,it is the artists thoughts and feelings brought up through music... Listen to the track carefully and see how different parts of it correspond to these words....

1. here is a story of a dear friends ... who died

2. we had good days ... I remember ...
3. oh he died, and his away for ever

4. I remember that one happy day where....

5. oh but his dead, ohhhh the sorrow ...

6. I cant overcome the pain

7. oh and there was that nice time where...

8. but he died, and left us ponder

9. hear me .... I will always think of you

10. until I die and come to you...
11. I think of us in heaven one day dancing happy...

12. I cant wait to see you and...

13. I know your soul is alive and can hear me....

14. Words: translation

SO NICE, IT MAKES YOU CRY... dont smoke Paco, we need you... ha ha

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure and inspiring
A triumph. A return to his flamenco puro roots, no doubt in homage to de Lucía's mother who watched over the first stirrings of that genius.

Truly a work of art, despoiled only by the overblown cover notes whose full grotesqueness can hardly be blamed in toto on incompetent translation. For sheer laughable pretension, poet and 'flamencologist' Félix Grande here rivals that arch clown Stanley Crouch, whose Pseuds Corner pomposity detracts from so many otherwise decent jazz albums. Keep the insert resolutely folded and heed only the sublime music. ... Read more


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