This lovingly curated crate-digging Rough Guide unearths unknown Cuban rare grooves from across the diaspora and beyond.
Quite a few compilations have mined the rich reserves of 1960s and 1970s post-revolution music from Cuba, with several concentrating on the areas of funk, jazz, disco and rare groove in general. Others have dug deep into the vaults in Miami, where a young generation of children of Cuban exiles created an exciting stew of rock, funk and Cuban styles. This collection aims to be different and digs deeper, serving as a rough guide to Cuban-flavored rarities made outside of the island in the post-Castro diaspora, by a mix of Cuban and non-Cuban musicians from yesteryear and today. In keeping with the rare groove label, most have not appeared before on other Cuban-themed compilations.
The Grammy-winning Chirino has made a name for himself performing a mix of pop and salsa since the 1970s (sometimes with a political slant), but in the late 1960s he got his start in Gutiérrez’s orchestra playing conga in New York. A few numbers from this period are considered deep Latin funk ‘Holy Grail’ cuts and several are featured here, like Oréfiche’s jazzy electric-sax led interpretation of Eddie Palmieri’s ‘Azúcar’ (with vocals by Chirino and Manteca), ‘Africa’ from Chirino’s second LP released in 1975, and the instrumental ‘Love Van’ (from the 1977 movie soundtrack Quien Salvo La Ciudad?).
This collection also showcases the talents of the Cuban-born ‘La India Del Oriente’ (Luisa María Hernández), Pantaleón Pérez Prado and the scat-singing Francisco Fellove. Though La India is known for her authentic interpretations of traditional tunes, she performs a food-themed Latin soul number here with the organ-playing Julio Gutiérrez, demonstrating the links between African-American funk and classic Cuban. In a rare appearance....... więcej