Quimbombó (Testa Dura Records TDCD 001, 2004)
Quimbombó is a creative New York-based band (there seems to be a band with
the same name in the West Coast) that plays traditional
Cuban son. The American soneros are led by percussionist Nick Herman, who
studied with Cuban masters. The lead vocalist is Cuban musician David Oquendo,
who also plays guitar. The rest of the musicians are American and Latin American
instrumentalists who are very active in the New York City jazz and Latin music
scene. The group shows a deep passion for traditional Cuban son.
This is substantiated by the fact that six of the seven songs are classics from the Cuban
repertoire. The other two are original pieces by band leader Nick Herman.
Quimbombó (pronounced keem-bohm-BO) is the title of a
classic Cuban són popularized by Conjunto Chappotín in the 1950’s. A word of
Congolese origin, it means “okra” in Spanish.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.