Let me start of by saying that once we take away Ry Cooder's guitar playing on this, we have very authentic Cuban music. Ibrahim Ferrer, Campay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa (El Carretero is by far my favorite song), and especially Rueben Gonzalez are all fantastic musicians who make this CD. Ry Cooder on the other hand, with his twangy 'slide' guitar is awful. As musicians, especially ones who play in music with room for improvisation, we are taught that there is no worse crime than being insensitive to what the people you are playing with are doing. You have to fit in with what their doing, and they have to fit with what your doing. Cooder does not fit with the people he is playing with. He would be well-advised to merely produce this record and lay out on ALL the tracks. But looking past him, you find a CD that is a great intro to authentic Cuban that is a must for all CD collectors.