Saturday, January 31, 2009

Los Muñequitos De Matanzas late 70's Live en vivo - Cuba

Photo:Jesús Alfonso Miró : Tres dos (murió).
Gregorio "Goyo" Diaz: Tumbadora (murió).
Victoriano "Tití" Espinosa: Quinto (murió).

Victoriano "Tití" Espinosa: Quinto

Victoriano "Tití" Espinosa: Quinto
This post will close out the last day of the first month of the new year Jan. 31st 2009.
'Los Muñequitos De Matanzas', recorded live in 1978-'79.
These recordings are not on any LP or CD.

These for me... are "the best live Muñequitos" recordings.
The Quinto player was the late
Victoriano "Tití" Espinosa and on the Tumbadora, the late great Gregorio "Goyo" Diaz, back then Jesús Alfonso Miró played Tres Dos, not Quinto.
For me, "Tití" was "the Man" within this particular style.
His very individualistic style and sound made him a creative "marker", something not easily "learned" in an academic setting. There are no better examples of "Tití's" style then these.
"Tití" played with Los Muñequitos for ten years, before commiting suicide in the early to mid 1980's.
(For me, the most literally "musical" Quinto player was the late Ricardo Abreu - "Papine")

On # 5."Canto a Angola", they start the song singing the melody for "Stranger in Paradise" which is a popular song from the 1953 American musical "Kismet", the melody was based on the original music by Russian composer *'Alexander Borodin', the "Gliding Dance of the Maidens," from 'Alexander Borodin's "Polovetsian Dances". (*1833-1887)

The early 1970's recordings by "Los Munequitos De Nuevo" and the later 1970''s LP's with "Titi" are my favorites.

I'm not into the new "tap dancing, chair hopping", "dancing infants", "Cirque Du Soleil" version of the group.

The "best" 'Los Muñequitos De Matanzas' en vivo.
Late 1970's recorded live.

"Titi": Quinto. "Goyo": Tumbadora # 1-16

R.I.P. / Ibayé bayé tonu

1. Amalia

2. En La Tierra De Hatuey

3. Los Beodos

4. Lo Que Dice Abacúa

5. "Canto a Angola"*

6. Los Muñequitos

7. Los Muñequitos - 2nd version*

8. Canto Para Ti*

9. Viente Solito*

10. Chacho*

11. La Columbia - Tocororo*

12. En La Calle*

13. La Cuchara*

14. El Tonelero*

15. Nicolasa*

16. La Viola*


Sentimiento Manana said...

Mark, you are right about Titi's style. What I like most about it, is that it is so clean. You can hear every slap, tone, muff, etc...

too bad he passed before his time

patricio said...

That's a really great stuff, Mark: historical!!
Hope you'll have time to complete the whole recording. Nothing for me when clicking on Chacho.
But one thousand thanks anyway…

tonyelloco said...

One of my favorite Afrocuban groups. Esto es rumba caliente!