PLAYLIST NEW ALBUM RELEASES BACK TO CUBA.Byline: Fred Shuster Music Writer
RY COODER Ryland "Ry" Peter Cooder (born 15 March 1947, in Los Angeles, California) is an American guitarist, singer and composer, known for his slide guitar work, his interest in the American roots music and, more recently, for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many & MANUEL GALBAN: ``Mambo Sinuendo'' (Nonesuch/Perro Verde)
RYLAND P. COODER might be Cuba's best-known musician - even though he's not Latino and lives in Santa Monica Santa Monica (săn`tə mŏn`ĭkə), city (1990 pop. 86,905), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on Santa Monica Bay; inc. 1886. Tourism and retailing are important, and the city has motion-picture, biotechnology, and software industries. .
Cooder, though, brought Caribbean traditionalists Buena Vista Social Club The Buena Vista Social Club was a members club in Havana, Cuba that held dances and musical activities, becoming a popular location for musicians to meet and play during the 1940s. to the masses via a Grammy-winning album and Wim Wenders' documentary of the ensemble's Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall
Concert hall in New York, N.Y., U.S. It was endowed by the industrialist Andrew Carnegie at the insistence of the conductor Walter Damrosch (1862–1950). triumph.
The 1997 ``Buena Vista Social Club'' disc, featuring forgotten greats of Cuban music, many of them in their 70s and long retired, unexpectedly became an international best seller. The next year, Cooder returned to Havana to record an equally well-received solo album by vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer Ibrahim Ferrer (February 20, 1927 – August 6, 2005) was a popular Afro-Cuban singer and musician in Cuba. He performed with many musical groups including the Afro-Cuban All Stars. . That was the start of a stream of albums by musicians linked with the original Buena Vista sessions.
To those who've tracked Cooder's many musical flights of fancy since the mid-'60s, his affinity for the island nation's complex and seductive son rhythm wasn't a total surprise.
In a dozen classic solo albums, countless cameos, collaborations and multiple film scores, Cooder has assimilated styles as diverse as reggae, Tex-Mex, Hawaiian, Dixieland, country, Depression-era folk, New Orleans New Orleans (ôr`lēənz –lənz, ôrlēnz`), city (2006 pop. 187,525), coextensive with Orleans parish, SE La., between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, 107 mi (172 km) by water from the river mouth; founded r&b, Indian, African and even vaudeville - all drenched in Adj. 1. drenched in - abundantly covered or supplied with; often used in combination; "drenched in moonlight"; "moon-drenched meadows"
covered - overlaid or spread or topped with or enclosed within something; sometimes used as a combining form; the elegant Delta-blues sensibility that sings from his slide guitar.
Now, Cooder has thrown another curve ball by teaming with veteran Cuban guitarist-arranger Manuel Galban, 72, for ``Mambo Sinuendo,'' a set of mambo-pop instrumentals heavy on glassy reverb re·verb Informal
1. A reverberative effect produced in recorded music by electronic means.
2. A device used for producing this effect.
intr. & tr.v. and paranoid atmosphere. To avoid familiar musical structures, Cooder utilized two drummers, longtime associate Jim Keltner Jim Keltner (born April 27 1942 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a distinguished session drummer who has contributed to the work of many well-known artists.
Keltner is best known for his session work on solo recordings by three of the Beatles, working often with George Harrison, John and Ry's son Joachim, along with bassist Orlando ``Cachaito'' Lopez and conga player Anga Diaz.
Cooder spoke last week about the project.
Q: Galban has a minimalist, eerie sound. Was the chemistry between the two of you quickly evident?
We knew right away. He's an awesome guitarist, and his tone, approach and concept are unique. He was musical director of a very popular Cuban doo-wop group called Los Zafiros in the '60s, and they were extremely musically advanced due to Manuel's arrangements and instrumental work. The challenge for me was to discover a way to get away from the traditional Cuban percussion lineup, which, whether you love it or not, is always gonna be the same. That's what prompted us to use twin drum sets, which led to some interesting improvisations.
Q: You saw the value of those original Buena Vista sessions, but did it surprise you when the rest of the world caught on?
Nothing could've been more unexpected than a bunch of old Cuban cats suddenly on the radio and in Billboard and winning a Grammy. It was unbelievable for everybody involved. It gave these people longevity and new careers and income. As the Wenders film shows, some of these people had never traveled to New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of before the Carnegie Hall show. It's been incredible.
CHECK THESE OUT (other new releases):
BENNY GREEN AND RUSSELL MALONE, ``Jazz at the Bistro'': The piano and guitar duo make beautiful music on a nicely nuanced set of standards, blues and ballads.
ELVIN BISHOP GROUP, ``Feel It!'': The ex-Butterfield Blues Band soloist is at his good-natured best on this live item from 1972 co-starring soul singer Jo Baker.
TAL FARLOW, ``Autumn Leaves'': Like the equally stylish jazz guitarist Johnny Smith, the late Farlow quit the spotlight early. These now-classic sessions took place when the virtuoso was lured back to the studio in the late '70s and early '80s.
Next Tuesday: JANIS JOPLIN: ``The Essential Janis Joplin''
(1) GALBAN, left, AND COODER
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