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Havana Cafe [Import]

Barbarito Torres Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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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

Product Description


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 Just buy it if you can.... June 20 2003
Format:Audio CD
Awesome classic Cuban music re-produced with modern recording technology and the results are smokin'...!
If you have older Cuban Family Members 60+, do yourself a favor and play this if you want to see them smile and reminise.
Play the 4th Cut, my fav, "Hijo Del Siboney" The whole album is timeless.
I just had to purchase another copy when it became available because it was unavailable everywhere. Get this jewel while you can.
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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 Cangrejo no tiene na, but this CD has it all! Sept. 19 2001
Format:Audio CD
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. Barbarito's playing of the traditional Cuban lute, the laud, of whichI didn't get enough on the BVSC CD, comes through very nicely. My favorite song is "Crab Doesn't Have a Thing." just because it's so amusing.
FYI, dear listeners, a timeline of Cuban music, explaining guaracha, son, bolero, danzon, etc., [...]
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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 I love this CD April 13 2001
By me
Format:Audio 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. I highly recommend this album to anyone who likes the Cuban style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastico! Feb. 11 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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 Caribena.
I would think twice before buying this album. You may, after listening to it for God knows how many times, be overcome, as I was, by an irresistable desire to fly south to some nondescript cafe in some tropical clime. Very, very dangerous music. Cuidado, mi amigo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass it up! Oct. 17 2000
Format:Audio CD
Granted, CDs by members of the Buena Vista Social Club have proliferated like mad, but that is no reason to pass this one up. It has a different feel, less jazzy and orchestral, more casually tropical. The voices blend gorgeously (as usual), and the instrumentalists are superb. Torres is magic. As long as the Cubanos keep sounding good, I'll keep buying them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BARBARITO SHINES BY HIMSELF Oct. 1 2000
Format:Audio CD
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. I was impress by Barbarito at a recent live performance, his musicians are young and they make a great combination with Barbarito this is definitly an album that you must have.
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