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Lagrimas Negras [Digipak]

  • 1. Inolvidable - (Spanish)
    2. Veinte Aos - (Spanish)
    3. Lgrimas Negras - (Spanish)
    4. Niebla del Riachuelo - (Spanish)
    5. Corazn Loco - (Spanish)
    6. Se Me Olvid Que Te Olvid - (Spanish)
    7. Vete de M - (Spanish)
    8. Bien Pag, La - (Spanish)
    9. Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar - (Portuguese)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 55910

  • Credits
    ProducerFernando Trueba; Javier Limon; Fernando Trueba; Javier Limon
    EngineerJavier Limon; Eric Schilling; Jim Anderson; Pepe Loeches

    Bebo Valdez: Bebo Valds, Diego el Cigala.
    Personnel: Bebo Valds (vocals, piano); Diego el Cigala (vocals); Nio Josele, El Nino Josele (guitar); Paquito d'Rivera (alto saxophone); Javier Colina (double bass, bass guitar); Changuito (timbales); Israel "Piraa" Porrina, Rickard Valds, Pancho Terry (percussion); Milton Cardona, Orlando "Puntilla" Rios, Pedrito Matinez (background vocals); Caetano Veloso (vocals); Federico Britos (violin); Tata Gines (congas).
    Audio Mixer: Pepe Loeches.
    Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Musicgrama Studio, Madrid, Spain; Musicquina, Madrid, Spain; The Hit Factory, Miami, FL.
    Lgrimas Negras (Black Tears) is a collaborative effort between the octogenarian Cuban piano master Bebo Valds and the reigning Spanish flamenco cantador, Dieguito El Cigala. Recorded for Fernando Trueba and Nat Chediak's Calle 54 label, the sessions took place in Madrid between September and December 2002. Maestro Valds (born in 1918), the father of the jazz pianist Chucho, has a long history as an innovator in Cuban music. He recorded the first Afro-Cuban jazz session in 1952, and was a tutor to the great bandleader Beny Mor, writing early charts for him. Valds is also a world-class arranger. Dieguito El Cigala was born in 1960, and has become the undisputed king of Spain's flamenco singers. This recording features nine tracks that meld together cooking son, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, and flamenco rhythms, in tunes by composers such as Lolita de la Colina, Virgilio and Homero Expsito, Ramn Perell, the grand team of Tom Jobim and Vincius de Moraes, Caetano Veloso (who makes a guest appearance), Maria Teresa Vera, Miguel Matamoros (who composed the title track), and others. Most are Cuban ballads. Guests such as Veloso, Paquito D'Rivera, Pancho Terry, Tata Gines, and El Nio Josele fall by on different tracks. And while the tunes are top-shelf and the guests make this a very special and historic occasion, it is the unusual dynamic and the integrity with which it is employed that makes this set so unique. Valds' style is an elegant one; his rhythmic left hand accents rhythms and shifts them effortlessly, adding street and nuance here, space and tension there. Always his notes are sure, precise, and solid. El Cigala's voice is a true cantador's; he wavers, lilts, growls, and gutturally moans; he slips between rhythms and melodies, underscoring first one and then another, using the rhythms to sing counterpoint to the piano's stridency and sheer graceful approach in the ballads, shouting assent and further challenges on the uptempo sons. Together, the combination is its own moving poetry, meeting in the middle of a tradition as old as flamenco's "cante jondo" and as integrated as Cuba's. The sacred and profane dine and drink together and no one will say which is which. All nine songs offer differing emphases on lyric and rhythm, all offer variant harmonic concerns, but they all contain the spirit of the "duende." While there isn't a mediocre second on this album and all of the performances are breathtaking, "Lgrimas Negras" and "Corazn Loco" are clear standouts. This is destined to be a classic, and hopefully a gateway to more experiments like this one. ~ Thom Jurek

  • Critic Reviews
    New Age Retailer (Vol. 19, No. 2, p.78) - "[A] luminous album that defies labels..."
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