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Havana Cafe [Import]

Barbarito Torres Audio CD
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7. Pensando En Ti
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great CD for BVSC fanatics (like ME) June 21 2001
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars "Un guajiro mas Cubano que la palma" June 2 2000
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure sunlight. May 9 1999
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars What would have improved it... Feb. 13 2002
By Rubén
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fans of the BVSC Will Not be Disappointed! June 8 2000
Format:Audio CD
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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Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it if you can....
Awesome classic Cuban music re-produced with modern recording technology and the results are smokin'...! Read more
Published on June 20 2003 by R Fabere
5.0 out of 5 stars Cangrejo no tiene na, but this CD has it all!
Not much I can add to the glowing comments of others, except yet another recommendation to buy this CD and enjoy it over & over again. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2001 by Steve R. Marquardt
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD
Since my first exposure to Cuban music with the Buena Vista Social Club, I have sampled several Cuban artists, and this is one of my favorites. Read more
Published on April 13 2001 by me
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastico!
This album is nothing but tropical magic. The harmonies and rhythms are mui tipico. The selections on this disc exude the romance and heartbreaking appeal of the best of Musica... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass it up!
Granted, CDs by members of the Buena Vista Social Club have proliferated like mad, but that is no reason to pass this one up. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2000 by Nicolas S. Martin
After playing as a guest for Juan De Marco's Afro Cuban All Stars and for the BVSC Barbarito delivers a wonderful masterpiece of his own, the music will just take you away. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2000 by Freddie Hernandez
4.0 out of 5 stars You can't miss out on this one
You can almost envision the slow moving ceiling fans, beautiful women in flowing dresses with a flower in their hair, the palm fronds swaying ever so gently in the hot humid air... Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2000 by Dionne Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars More of the same thing...
Although great talent, same music, same lyrics than Buena Vista Social Club, not even close to be original.
Published on June 22 2000 by AM
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprise track
Few have noticed that Havana Cafe has a surprise track hidden at the end, which is not listed in the cover, booklet or CD... Read more
Published on June 5 2000 by Alfonso Gumucio
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