just as a piano is not just a piano
and water is water and thousands of rivers and seas..
Cuba is Cuba and thousands of life's stories
ARTCOLOUR - 1994
1 La Negra Tomasa
3 El Manisero
4 Quiereme Mucho
5 Improvisaciones Sobre Temas de la Guantanamera y el Guayo de Catalina
7 Mama, Son de la Loma
8 Babo de Nube
10 Novia Mia
11 Linda Cubana
12 La Comparsa
nauma did you hear the harp on Quiereme Mucho :)
This fairly obscure CD is a bit unusual for pianist Chucho Valdes (heard solo throughout) because he performs exclusively older material (most songs dating from the 1950s or before) and the renditions are quite concise. Only two of the dozen pieces exceed five minutes, and four are under three minutes in length. There are many beautiful melodies on the set including "Linda Cubana," "Guantanamera," "Son de la Loma," and Ernesto Lecuona's "La Comparsa." Valdes' loving variations uplift the delightful music.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
"Cuban music is not only for dancing: there is also concert music and Latin Jazz," - Chucho declared in a recent interview. According to Chucho, the true boom in Cuban music is owed to the Cuban son, "which contains the sound that opens and closes this century, being the one that is continually marching forward, more than salsa or timba."