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Cuba: I Am Time [Box]

    1. El Sinsonte - Pancho Quinto
    2. Obatala - Merceditas Valds
    3. La Voz del Congo - Conjunto Clave
    4. Chacho - Los Muequitos de Matanzas
    5. Yemaya - Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba
    6. Papa Aggun - Celeste Mendoza
    7. Santa Barbara (Que Viva Chango) - Celina Gonzlez
    8. Con su Pin, Pin, Pin - Comparsa San Agustin
    9. Bata Rhythm - Jesus Ezquijarrosa/Marcelino Valdez/Oscar Valds/Walfredo Reyes/Walfredo De Reyes Jr.
    10. Osain - Merceditas Valds
    11. Chivo que Rompe Tambo - Bola de Nieve
    12. Soy Todo - Juan Formell
    13. Assokere (Canto a Eleggua) - Sntesis
    0. DISC 2: EN CUBA:
    1. Arrolla Cubano - Maria Teresa Vera
    2. Mamita Cambia - Miguelito Valds
    3. Saoco - Celeste Mendoza
    4. Yo Si Tumbo Cana - Cuarteto d'Aida
    5. Guajira Guantanamera - Joseto Fernandez
    6. Son de la Loma - Trio Matamoros
    7. Maria Cristina - ico Saquito Y Su Conjunto Oriente
    8. El Verdulero - Paulina Alvarez
    9. El Diablo Tun Tun - Miguelito Cun
    10. Ritmo Pilon - Pacho Alonso
    11. Y Manana Me Caso Contigo - Conjunto de Roberto Faz
    12. Drume Negrita - Merceditas Valds
    13. Yayabo - Tito Gomez
    14. Sabanas Blancas - Gerardo Alfonso
    15. Mariposa - Pedro Luis Ferrer
    16. Identidad - Pablo Milans
    17. Bayamo en Coche, A - Adalberto Alvarez Y Su Son
    18. Pa que Te Salves - Issac Delgado
    0. DISC 3: CON CUBA:
    1. Que Bueno Baila Usted - Beny Mor
    2. Rumba Caliente - Elio Rev Matos
    3. Iliana Quiere Chocolate - Pello El Afrokan
    4. Echale Salsita - Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Pieiro
    5. Tres Lindas Cubanas - Sexteto Habanero
    6. Pare Cochero - Los Papines/Orchestra Aragn
    7. Sociedad Antonio Maceo - Cachao
    8. Mulatica Revoltosa - Orquesta Arcao y Sus Maravillas
    9. Adivinalo - Arsenio Rodrguez
    10. Oye el Carbonero - Chappottin Cun/Miguelito Cun/Chappottin y Sus Estrellas
    11. Que Sorpresa! - Juan Formell
    12. Recordando Al Sonero - Adalberto Alvarez
    13. La Bruja, Camara - Jos Luis Corts
    14. La Bola - Manolin
    15. Se Te Fue la Mano - Issac Delgado
    1. Mambo - Mario Bauz
    2. Descarga Numero Dos - Chico O'Farrill
    3. Juana Mil Ciento - Irakere
    4. Nueva Vision - Emiliano Salvador
    5. Bemba 'E Cuchara - Cachao :: Spoon Lips - Cachao
    6. Tumbao de Coqueta - Jess Alemay
    7. Sobre un Canto a Eleggua - Grupo Afro Boricua
    8. Parraga - Orlando "Maraca" Valle
    9. El Noticiero - Los Terry
    10. Woody'n You - Gonzalo Rubalcaba
    11. Montuno - Afrocuba de Matanzas/Mystic Rhythms Band/Steve Coleman/The Mystic Rhythm Society/AfroCuba De Matanzas
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 54502

  • Credits
    ProducerJack O'Neil (Compilation)

    CUBA: I AM TIME consists of 4 separate discs labeled CUBAN INVOCATIONS, CANTAR EN CUBA, BAILAR EN CUBA and CUBANO JAZZ. Many of these selections are from rare and out-of-print albums taken from the private collection of Alan Boss and the archives of Egrem, Cuba's state-run record label. Included is an illustrated 112-page booklet consisting of notes, interviews and track-by-track annotations.
    Digitally remastered by Gene Paul.
    CUBA: I AM TIME was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Recording Package - Boxed and for Best Historical Album.
    For such a small island, Cuba has had an enormous musical impact both inside and outside of Latin America. Salsa is the music of choice among Cubans and Puerto Ricans, and Afro-Cuban music has influenced everyone from American jazz players to Dominican merengue artists to Spanish nuevo flamenco stars. A four-CD box set, Cuba: I Am Time spotlights Cuban artists past and present. Ranging from tribal-type chanting inspired by Santeria and the Yoruba faith to dance bands to modern Afro-Cuban jazz, this package shows us what a wealth of music the island has provided. Disc One focuses largely on traditional sounds that are closely related to African tribal music, and material by Pancho Quinto, El Clave y Guaguanco, and others consists of only percussion and vocals. Meanwhile, large and small bands playing son, mambo, guaguanco and other styles that make up salsa are the focus of Discs Two and Three, which boast classics by such greats as Beny More, Miguelito Cuni, Merceditas Valdes, and Tito Gomes. And finally, Disc Four illustrates the ways in which Mario Bauza, Cachao, Irakere, Chico O'Farrill, and others have successfully fused improvisatory jazz with Afro-Cuban music. Regrettably, the set's 111-page booklet fails to list recording dates, though it does boast an extremely informative essay. This set would be too much for casual listeners, but those with a deeper interest in Afro-Cuban music will find it a gold mine. ~ Alex Henderson

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (12/97, p.212) - " impressive chronicle of a great musical follows the evolution of one of the most significant musical cultures in the western hemisphere."
    Vibe (10/97, p.173) - "...a festive, well-sequenced, and danceable set that shows off that nation's most important cultural export..."
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