I bought this CD on the strength of hearing it played on Jazz FM as an album of the week. I was not disappointed. On first hearing, the tracks can seem a bit 'samey' but it grows on you and now it is one of my very favourite albums. If you like Santana then you will love this. It is such a feel good album that it cannot fail to cheer you up. I urge you to buy this little piece of South American sunshine!
I have found this cd to be excellent and quite original in the way the music has been choreographed, each time I have played it, I hear different things going on and enjoy it more and more. I would not say that the album was am instant hit you in the face love it, but it really grows on me more and more, to the point where I now find myself really in to it big time.
I would dispute some comments of the band drowning out Rodrigo and Gabriella, as if this cd is listened to on a good system you will find that they do not, they just merge and blend closely in certain areas of the album, just like most good music does. I have a Class A amplifier and yes, this does make a whole lot of difference to the listening experience.
I have two other albums by the duo and love them both, I admire their musical knowledge, skills and prowess and the excitement of the experimentation that this album brings. I think that it is an excellent addition to my music collection.
Working with the Cuban Band injects a big band sound that just blows your socks off. As a fan of bigband music, the combination of talent just hits the spot, yes very reminiscent of Santana but with a lot more technical detail to the fore and, as some others have remarked, there were times when the duo's leads were rather swamped by the band...despite that, it's one of those albums I will want to play over and over again.
EXCELLENT, managed to see them on tour and although a backing band detracts somewhat slightly from rod n gab the gig was a good un, nice take on some of their original tunes, hope they contiue providing some classic melodic music