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A Toda Cuba le Gusta

Afro-Cuban All Stars, Afro Cuban All Stars Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (3 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: World Circuit
  • ASIN: B000024EM3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Amor Verdadero
2. Alto Songo
3. Habana Del Este
4. A Toda Cuba Le Gusta
5. Fiesta De la Rumba
6. Los Sitio' Asere
7. Pio Mentiroso
8. Maria Caracoles
9. Clasiqueando Con Ruben
10. Elube Chango

Product Description

A rousing ensemble recording, A Todo Cuba Le Gusta features a band made up largely of Cuban music elders, including Manuel Puntillita Licea, Pio Levya and Ruben Gonzalez. As a reflection of their collective experience playing multiple percussion instruments and brightly lit trumpets, the Afro-Cuban All Stars churn with high drama, even while playing music that's paced with extravagant patience. The time signatures overlay and run against each other in a casual trot while the trumpets blare with fat fullness. Add to that the impassioned group vocals and you've got a hard-to-beat Cuban traditional music session. --Andrew Bartlett

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, coherent, and, simply put, perfect. 27 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
A perfect album. Outclasses the more legendary Buena Vista Social Club in many respects: it's much more coherent, focusing primarily on big band styles such as guaracha and son montuno rather than spanning a diversity of Cuban genres; it features a better choice of singers for the task at hand, with Pío Leyva, Raúl Planas, Félix Valoy, Puntillita, and Maceo in as good a form as ever; and the sense of the recording is much more grand. If Buena Vista Social Club's first couple of pieces left you thirsty for more, this is it. Perfectly planned vocal improvisations intertwine with instrumental solos of masters such as Richard Egües, Rubén González, and Guajiro Mirabal, with Angá Diaz' energy added in for good measure. Cachaíto adds the necessary grooviness.

The album opens with Chéo's classic guajira-son, reinterpreted more recently by Orchestra Baobab, and continues with an impressive son montuno featuring four solo singers and Rubén. The danzón (danzonete-cha, in fact) demonstrates both Cachaíto's and Egües' mastery; the title track is a lovely dance piece, while "Fiesta de la Rumba" conveys a true folk guagancó atmosphere (both Félix Valoy's vocals and the choir are simply stunning). The guaguancó-son's improvisation is excellent; Pío Leyva's famous guaracha is still interpreted beautifully, and the mozambiqué - with Ibrahim Ferrer - makes one want to dance, literally. All to the Santería roll-call at the very end complimented by extraordinary solos, this is a perfect album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By H. Hall
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Strolling past a stall at Womad festival in summer 1999, I had one of those experiences where you hear a piece of music playing and you drop everything and rush to find out what it was. My top record of 1999, the unbelievable discipline of these top cuban artists produces a fat sound and cracking rhythmn so tight and yet so full of life, you can't avoid getting hooked. The definitive cuban sound, not to be missed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Honestly, I can think only of two groups of people who will enjoy this recording, and if you're in either group, I urge you to order it immediately if not sooner.
If you're one of those totally or mostly unfamiliar with Cuban jazz, you'll love this. It's a celebration of life, full of good humor and vigor. The excitement of the music is bound to get to you, and you'll wonder why you've never given it a chance before.
On the other hand, you might be quite familiar with this sound, with the vocals of veterans such as Ibrahim Ferrer, Pio Leyva, Manuel 'Puntillita Licea, Raul Planas, Jose Antonio 'Maceo' Rodriguez, and Felix Valoy, and with the full sound of trumpets, teombones, enhanced by sax, flute, and piano. If so, you'll find this the best you've heard, and will insist on its being in your collection.
If you're in neither group, well, what can I say?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for your Soul ! 12 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
This definitely is an album that is full of life! If you love music this indeed needs to be in your collection of albums. You can hear the warmth of Cuba in the sounds and rhythms of the tracks.
If you aren't having the brightest of days it will lift you out of any kind of 'blue' mood you might be in.
Buyt it!
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