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Caravana Cubana

Caravana Cubana

Caravana Cubana


The concept of the Caravan Cuban project came in 1998 at the Los Angeles memorial for public radio broadcaster Emilio Vandenedes, who was a long-time supporter of Cuban music on his public radio show in L.A. and Miami. At the service, a who's who of Cuban artists performed with such passion that the music caught the attention of filmmaker George Hernandez, who facilitated bringing many of the artists together to record on the project. Many of the players hadn't worked with each other since their days with Louis Armstrong in the 1940s. Read more on Last.fm
The concept of the Caravan Cuban project came in 1998 at the Los Angeles memorial for public radio broadcaster Emilio Vandenedes, who was a long-time supporter of Cuban music on his public radio show in L.A. and Miami. At the service, a who's who of Cuban artists performed with such passion that the music caught the attention of filmmaker George Hernandez, who facilitated bringing many of the artists together to record on the project. Many of the players hadn't worked with each other since their days with Louis Armstrong in the 1940s. Musically, Caravan Cuban is a gem.

It is packed with devastating rhythms, layered vocal harmonies, passionate cries and inspired solos. From an audio standpoint, Caravan Cuban gives you a great deal to listen for with such precision that you will find this CD parked near your CD player for weeks to come. The problem is that Caravan Cuban's grooves are so dead on that it is hard to stay in your seat and carefully listen. And who really cares? There are explanations of what the lyrics mean in the liner notes, but of course all of the songs are in Spanish.

For me, the lyrics didn't matter any more then they do in opera. I was glad the vocals were there, but the music conveyed the message clearly without knowing any more Spanish than I have learned at Del Taco. The CD has a strong compilation of tunes, yet I found myself most drawn to track 3, "Chucho Carabali," a cut that starts with a solo piano that sounds very layered and develops into a precise, up-tempo jam led melodically by the piano. I love the way the chord progression works itself back into its main theme.

The melody dances, somewhat like Lauren - the feng shui and salsa expert - all the way back to your speakers. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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