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Havana Cafe Import


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 6 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00000IFW2
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

1. Hijo Del Siboney
2. La Calabaza
3. Sarandonga
4. Corazon de Chivo
5. El Amor Di Mi Bohlo
6. Lagrimas Negras
7. Pensando En Ti
8. Yo Na Se
9. Sublime Ilusion
10. Camina Pa'lo Chapiao
11. Cangrejo No Tiene Na
12. Los Celos De Mi Compay
13. Alla Vay
14. El Tren

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Barbarito Torres played as a guest instrumentalist on Buena Vista Social Club and A Toda Cuba Le Gusta before gathering together Cuba's premier musicians and recording this amazing debut. A sensual mix of Cuban son, danzon, and guaracha, Havana Cafe makes austere use of instrumentation, using only the laud (Cuban lute), guitar, percussion, and vocals to create a wall of wonderfully spirited music. "Hijo del Siboney" rings in the collection with bright melodies and vibrant guitars before the set goes on to boast gem after gem of traditional and contemporary Cuban music. Singer Pio Leyva lends his brassy bellow to two tracks, adding an authentic dimension that's refreshingly void of pretension and characteristic of this playful, joyous album. Singer Ibrahim Ferrer also appears in all of his romantic glory. It's rare when the "in the moment" chemistry of musicians collaborating is captured on disc, but with Havana Cafe, the chemistry is thankfully captured forever. --Karen Karleski

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Previous reviewers have very accurately portrayed the qualities of this CD in detail, and there is nothing I can (or need to) add to their enthusiastic accolades. Still, I feel a need to stick in my own two cents' worth.
I, too, came to know of Barbarito Torres via the original Buena Vista Social Club CD and DVD (both of which I HIGHLY recommend).
I should mention that Ibrahim Ferrer, my particular favorite among the BVSC crowd, also makes a guest appearance on this album. There is an emotional force behind his gentle voice that is difficult to define or describe, and that lends a very MOVING quality to his vocal interpretations.
This CD is enormously enjoyable listening, and one of my favorites among the 20 or so CD's that I now have by artists connected with the phenomenon known as Buena Vista Social Club.
If you are unfamiliar with this music, do yourself a favor and BECOME familiar with it. If you love powerful music, then you, too, will be hooked. And you will comprehend the enormous pride that Cubans have in their unique musical heritage. It IS unique, and enjoyable beyond mere verbal description.
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If you're reading this you probably are already familiar with Barbarito and his work with the "BVSC". Here he is the frontman and this CD features him playing the Laud like no other. One of the strenghts of this CD is his exceptional playing of the Laud and acoustic guitar. He is joined by family members which gives this CD a cohesive familial feel. The intimacy of the recording is evident throughout. I just love how these guys can sing about crab or squash and it sounds so lyrical, so tasty. The styles explored here are son montuno, bolero-son, danzon-cha and guaracha-guaganco. If you're not familiar with the various styles of Cuban music this is an excellent piece of music to help you differeniate as the booklet has bi-lingual lyrics and the styles played. "Lagrimas Negras" features a guest appearance by Omara Portuondo who has a soulful voice full of emotion, an added treat to a fine CD. Either his wife or sister contribute vocals to several of the songs. Other guests include"BVSC" crooner Ibrahim Ferrer who chimes in with a nice romantic song entitled "Pensando en Ti". There is a good version of "Sublime Illusion" and it sounds different from the superior recording by Eliades Ochoa. If you like"BVSC" you will love this family affair recorded in Havana, Cuba for Spanish and non-Spanish audiences worldwide to enjoy.
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This album is exuberating -- all the songs show great zest for life, while ranging from breezy to serious, from slow to fast. "El Tren" is maybe one of the -funniest- songs I have ever heard. "Lagrimas Negras" is a superbly done bolero-son sung by Omara Portuona, who's appeared on "Buena Vista Social Club" and Compay Segundo's "Lo Mejor de la Vida" recently. I find myself humming "Sarandonga" off and on, because it is so catchy, performed in a classic 40's style with just a little ham to it. Wonderful stuff. If you enjoy "Buena Vista Social Club", "Introducing... Rubén González," and Compay Segundo, you will certainly enjoy this one immensely as well. Qué viva chango!
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The excellent hidden track is at 4:38 of track 14. The CD then has 15 quality cuts. The CD cover and lavish booklet are beautifully designed, as are most of the BVSC projects. Because of this marketing savvy, I'm not sure why track 15 is, in effect, hidden. Stating it openly on the outer case might be the decisive factor in causing a browser to buy the CD. I'm really rating it as 4.5 stars because of two things. I think Torres should have had one cut out of 15 given to him alone, both to add variety to the CD as well as to showcase his virtuosity. Another wish is for the CD to have had one of these tracks as a slower number, perhaps in a small group setting.
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Like many, the popularity of the Buena Vista Social Club led me to explore more of the fantastic music of Cuba, and Barbarito Torres' "Havana Cafe" is an absolute requirement for the library of any fan of the BVSC or other Cuban music.
DO NOT MISS the secret track after number 14 (which is actually "Alla Voy," rather than "El Tren" as the back of the CD notes). The track is titled "Que Viva Chango," and you have to wait a minute or two after the end of "Alloy Voy" to hear it. It's one of the two or three best cuts on the album. Enjoy!
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Havana Cafe by Barbarito Torres is one of my top 5 favorite Cuban Cd's. (Beny Moré's Romantico and Mata Siguaraya, Barbarito Diez's Así Bailaba Cuba double set, and the Orchestra Aragon with Antonio Maria Romeu are the others). While it sounds modern with the laud and wonderful harmonies, it retains the authentic Cuban passion and zest for life that make Cuban music so appealing and danceable. The ability to make a song out of virtually nothing such as Corazon de Chivo is truly amazing. For anyone who is curious about Cuban Music, this is the best taste of it you will get. Bravo Barbarito!
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