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Que Linda Es Mi Cuba

  • 1. Invitacion de Tomasa, La
    2. Caminito de Guarena
    3. Que Bueno Suena la Timba
    4. Don Juan, El
    5. Amargo Dolor
    6. Cocaleca, La
    7. Platanar de Bartolo, El
    8. Dame Tu Amor Guantanamera
    9. Te Canto Mi Son
    10. De Mutuo Acuerdo
    11. Este Palo Tiene Jutia
    12. Musica de Mi Pais, La
    13. Pregon de la Tumi, El
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 134

  • Credits
    ProducerMaximo Espinosa; Sinecio Figueredo
    EngineerMaximo Espinosa

    Composers: Eleodoro Leon Alarcon; Domingos Alcantara; Miguel Arias.
    Saborit: Orlando Tejeda (guitar, tres); Sinecio Figueredo (piano); Eleodoro Leon Alarcon.
    Personnel: Domingos Alcantara (vocals, tres); Eleodoro Leon Alarcon (vocals); Sinecio Figueredo (piano); Miguel Arias (guiro).
    Photographer: Mo Fini.
    Arranger: Sinecio Figueredo.
    The Cuban campesino band that calls itself Saborit today actually began in the '80s as Grupo Eduardo Saborit in honor of Eduardo Saborit, the late composer of "Que Linda Es Mi Cuba," the song after which this album is titled. One of the most fondly remembered anthems of the Cuban revolution, it does not, ironically, appear on this recording. Nor was Eduardo Saborit himself ever in the group. But if that's all a bit confusing, don't worry, the music isn't. It's as purely Cuban as the benchmark productions of the Buena Vista Social Club, albeit with a more rural edge, influenced by such traditional styles as son, cumbia, rhumba, and guaracha and performed to perfection by the eight-piece ensemble founded (and still led) by Leonardo Garcia Alarcon. Que Linda Es Mi Cuba is the first U.S. release by the group from the town of Manzanillo that has been entertaining the locals for years, some of the players for upwards of four decades. Using traditional Caribbean instruments such as the tres guitar and the guiro, Alarcon concocts a sparkling, danceable set built around Saborit's intuitive interplay, soaring lead vocals, bold harmonies, and overall festive mood. The sound is crystalline, allowing each player's contribution to make its mark throughout this consistently invigorating performance. ~ Jeff Tamarkin

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (p.73) - "The ringing solos of tres player Domingo Alcantara are a major feature..."
    Dirty Linen (p.89) - "Their sound is vivacious, down-to-earth, and utterly unpretentious, as good party music should be."
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