Piano cubano...

Estrellas de Areito
Cuban All Stars
produced by
Rubén González


1. Olga la tamalera
2. Mucho corazon / Santa Isabel de las lajas / Loco de amor / Convergencia
3. Taurema
4. Trompetas en chachacha
5. Azucar con aji
6. Bilongo
7. Estrellas de areito


Ruben Gonzalez: piano
Teresa Garcia Caturla: canta
Joaquin Oliveros: flauta
Tito Gomez y Miguelito Cuni: cantan
Jesus "Aguaje" Ramos: trombon
Felix Chappotin, Jorge Varon, Manuel"El Guajiro",Mirabal, Octavio Calderon, Andres "Andresito" Castro, Reynaldo Larrinaga: trompeta
Nino Rivera: tres
Fabian Garcia: bajo
Enrique Jorrin, Elio Valdes, Pedro Hernandez. violines
Ricardo Léon: bongo
Tata Güines: congas
Amadito Valdés: timbal

recorded 1981
Three years after the infamous Estellas Areito sessions of 1978 were recorded, Ruben pulled these guys back together for an amazing reunion. This CD represents the best of the wonderfully rich range of Cuban music, from son to danzon/cha-cha to heat-inducing descarga.
Rubén González

Over his more than five decades in music, Rubén González has played with many of the great ones (including stints with Mongo Santamaría and Arsenio Rodríguez) and is himself a legend, universally regarded as one of the pioneers of Afro-Cuban piano style. In his youth, he attended medical school, thinking that he’d be a doctor by day and a musician at night, but he left school for his first love, the piano. In the forties and fifties, he was one of a trio of virtuoso pianists (with Luis ‘Lili’ Martínez and Percuchín) who helped lay the foundation for the mambo by marrying African rhythms with the freedom of American jazz improvisation. In the 1960s, González joined Enrique Jorrín (the creator of the cha-cha-cha), performing with the legendary bandleader until Jorrín’s death in the mid-80s, and ‘retired’ shortly thereafter. He led a quiet life in Havana until Buena Vista producer Juan de Marcos González dragged him down to EGREM Studios for the now-legendary recording sessions...
"If I can't take a piano with me to Heaven, then I don't want to go."
"I like to leave a gig as soon as it's over."

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