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Omara & Chucho [CD/DVD Limited Luxury Edition]

Chucho Valdes , Omara Portuondo Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: World Village France
  • ASIN: B004RCH064
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Noche Cubana (Omara solo)
2. Claro de Luna / Llanto de Luna
3. Y Decídete Mi Amor
4. Alma Mía
5. Me Acostumbre a Estar Sin Ti
6. Esta Tarde Vi Llover (featuring Wynton Marsalis)
7. Si Te Contrara
8. Huesito
9. Mis Sentimientos
10. Nuestra Cobardía
11. Babalú Ayé
12. Recordaré tu Boca
13. Noche Cubana (Chucho solo)

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You can hardly go wrong with these two Cuban old stagers. She s the tiny, velvet-voiced diva of the Buena Vista Social Club, still waiflike at 80. He s gigantic, the towering in all senses genius of Cuban jazz piano, probably now the island s greatest instrumentalist at a mere 69... Starting with a few beautifully nonchalant phrases from Beethoven s Moonlight sonata, Claro de Luna sets the tone, Portuondo s husky delivery rising from the intimate to the declamatory in typically Hispanic fashion. Valdés s playing perfectly balances the virtuosic and the understated, rolling out rippling, quasi-classical ornamentations one moment, brushing in the melody with the most muted touches the next... Apart from an exquisitely eloquent trumpet solo from Wynton Marsalis, there s just the two of them, and each knows when to hold back and let the other stretch out. Above all there s the marvellous spontaneity of a set that feels it might have been performed without rehearsal as though the songs were already in each of them, and it only took the presence of the other to bring them out. --The Daily Telegraph, 20 May 2011

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4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting. 16 April 2012
This pair come on like royalty here, dipping into jazz, classical music, and Gershwin for inspiration. And they've come a long way.
Omara is best known as the mature female star with Buena Vista Social Club [1999] [DVD], but that was only the latest stage in an extraordinarily eventful career.
Born in 1930, she initially decided to follow her sister Haydee and become a dancer, and she even set up as a dance teacher for a while.
But - known as "Miss Omara Brown, the girlfriend of feeling", she soon branched out into singing, drawing on all the styles - from Argentina, Brazil, and the USA - which were pressing in on Cuba in the early 1950s.
She set up a vocal quartet with which she toured the US and shared the stage with Nat King Cole, and when the missile crisis of 1962 set off Cuba's long period of isolation, she decided to stay there and start a solo career.
She also did her bit for her country's economy, serenading those pressed into service cutting sugar-cane. Meanwhile she joined the celebrated Orquesta Aragon, with which she recorded a string of albums.
Then in the 1990s her boat came in. She recorded with Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, and Ruben Gonzalez: all gone now, but living on through their surviving collaborators.
Chucho Valdes has come via a different route, but - being named by Bill Brubeck as one of the world's five top jazz pianists, alongside Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea - he brings his own stardust.
And as he and Omara launch into their own treatments of Hollywood standards and Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata, with Omara's voice a bit threadbare but still its splendid self, the old magic works again.
M. Church.
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