Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer
Picking up where Buena Vista Social Club left off, BVSC Presents Ibrahim Ferrer soothes with the hushed romanticism of Cuba's yesteryear while boasting the talents of one of its greatest singers, Ibrahim Ferrer. Again there's an all-star lineup of musicians led by pianist Rubén González and singer Omara Portuondo creating music at the renowned Egrem studios, whose live room brings the slow lucidity and intense vigor of the Cuban classics to life. --Karen K. Hugg
Ibrahim Ferrer's solo debut, produced in Havana by Ry Cooder, features an extraordinary stylistic range of music, from nostalgic 1950's big band, to stunning ballads, to the rich, country-style son that made the first Beuna Vista Social Club album a hit around the world, and won a new audience for traditional Cuban music. The Ferrer sessions reunited him with legendary Buena Vista colleagues Ruben Gonzalez and vocalist Omara Portuondo, as well as the outstanding original rhythm section, plus Ry Cooder as both player and album producer. Joining the cast are the female vocal quartet Gema 4, former Los Zefiros electric guitarist Manuel Galban, and original Coasters saxohponist Gil Bernard. Certified Gold by the RIAA. (8/01)
Having “misplaced” my copy and not having it in my collection for some time I’ve bought it again I can now enjoy these wonderful songs some more.
For me the best track is always Marieta. The eight note guitar intro inevitably has my attention for what follows. Ibrahim is joined in the lead vocals by Teresa García Caturla and they both deliver a fantastic song and story. (Spanish lyrics and an English translation are provided for each of the eleven songs.)
01 Bruca Maniguá
02 Herido de Sombras
04 Guateque Campesino
05 Mami Me Gustó
06 Nuestra Ultima Cita
07 Cienfuegos Tiene Su Guaguancó
09 Aquellos Ojos Verdes
10 Qué Bueno Baila Usted
11 Como Fue
If you like this or the Manual 'Guajira' Mirabal CD and you would like to try something Cuban from the 1950's in a similar style then play the soundfiles to either of the Cheo Marquetti CD's available on Amazon. See what you think. Cheo Marquetti Y Su Conjunto or Legends of Cuban Music .
The MP3 versions of Cheo's CD's are more competitively priced. Región Matancera or Cheo Marquetti but many of the tracks appear on both CD's. Absolutely delightful music.