Cuban musician and composer Juan de Marcos Gonzalez deserves more credit than he gets. Not only did he put together the renowned Afro-Cuban All Stars, but he was also an essential figure in the development of the popular Buena Vista Social Club. But his talent goes even further. Juan de Marcos Gonzalez composes his own material.
Although his ensembles play many Cuban classics, Juan de Marcos Gonzalez has added new songs to the Cuban popular music songbook.
The CD and DVD double set by Juan de Marcos Gonzalez with Afro-Cuban All Stars, titled Absolutely Live (DM Ahora! Records and GG & LL Records), offers a fabulous opportunity to experience the energy and passion of one of the finest ensembles of Cuban musicians.
The DVD includes concerts in Japan at Tokyo’s Zepp and The Hague’s North Sea Jazz Festival (The Netherlands). The Japan performance holds special significance because it is the last concert performed by veteran singer Manuel "Puntilla" Licea, who was one of the musicians involved in the Buena Vista Social Club band.
The combination CD/DVD will be available exclusively during the 2009 USA Tour at concerts and at select online retailers. Get a copy of this boxed set if you can. Absolutely Live will captivate you with its infectious energy.
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.