Greetings from Havana (AIM Records AIM 1019 CD, 2007)
The Bush administration’s tightening of the Cuban embargo has prevented all Cuba-based artists from touring the United States. Sadly, the number of Cuban music CDs has also decreased dramatically.
Thankfully, most other countries do not believe in shutting the Cuban arts out. From Australia comes the latest ¡Cubanismo! CD. The legendary Cuban band achieved popularity in the United States with its domestic releases and several tours. Now, thanks to Australian label AIM, ¡Cubanismo!‘s music is available again in the United States.
Greetings from Havana was recorded in the Cuban capital and Australian producer Peter Noble allowed band leader Jesús Alemañy a lot of artistic freedom. ¡Cubanismo! once more shows that it is a rhythmic powerhouse, with one of the finest brass sections in Cuba.
The pieces range from old time guaracha son, rumba and mambo to fiery Afro-Cuban jazz and the fabulous brass fest on "Descarga caliente" (descarga means jam session).
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.