In 1959 my father took me to Cuba when I was six years old.
My dad had a Roliflex camera that he would use hand held and also on a tripod with a self timer.He took hundreds of photos, many that I still have.
My boarding pass to get on the plane.
Getting off the airplane. 1959
My dad and myself sitting on the sea wall along 'El Malecon' La Habana 1959
I'm standing on the back of a cracker truck, in front of the 'Capitolio'. La Habana 1959. This Man carried the dog in that blue box,the dog came out of the box and did tricks while I watched. La Habana 1959
I'm looking at mannequins in the window of a store that sold uniforms. La Habana 1959 A magician was doing tricks in the street,my dadtook a photo of me squatting down and watching. La Habana 1959 In front of a theater. La Habana 1959 At the amusement park Coney Island (the Cuban one) Photo taken by my dad, 1959 My Father and Mother in a restaurant. La Habana 1957 My father and mother at the Morro Castle, with a Cuban Navy guard. La Habana 1949 Next to Parque Central. La Habana 1949 La Habana, Cuba 1949
1. Ay, Ay, Ay 2. Ay, Lupita 3. Cha Cha Chá Chabela 4. Cha Chá Con Melodia 5. El Zapatero 6. En Ti, En Ti 7. Isabelita 8. Lejos De Cuba (Cuba, Que Linda es Cuba) 9. Mentiras Criollas 10. No Quiero Ser Feo 11. Para Que Me Recuerdes 12. Quiereme Un Poquito Mas
At the Festival of American Folklife, Washington, D.C. 1969 Luis Salomé: bass, Arsenio: tres, Quique Rodríguez: tumbadoras
Arsenio Rodríguezlive-en vivo at the Smithsonian Institute's world music festival in Washington D.C. 1969 These recordings are often mistakenly referred to as "Arsenio Live at The Smithsonian".... in actuality, it was at the third outdoor "Festival of American Folklife" that The Smithsonian Instituteorganized.
Arsenio Rodríguez and his brother "Quique"Rodríguez take part in the Smithsonian Institute's third Festival of American Folklife.
A trio, with 'Arsenio Rodríguez' on Tres guitar & Tumbadora, his brother "Quique" on Tumbadora (o sea "Conga") and 'Luis Salomé' on accoustic bass. It was done on a magnetic tape "Reel to Reel" recorder with the sound less then ideal. Here he shows his Congolese roots as well as well as playing Abakúa & Lucumi rooted music. (No Son Montunos) Arsenio's playing style, tuning, as well as the "sound" he gets from his tres sounds at times amazingly close to an African string 'Kora'.
Singer, arranger, bandleader and prolific composer, this was his first 1961 LP as a leader of his own band.
Originally on Gema (RLP1146), this was the reissue on Gema's subsidiary label: "Rumba" (RLP 55546). After this it was never reissued again. Long out of print.
Rudy Calzado: director, singer, güiro, composer. (all 12 songs) José Andrew: violín José “Chombo” Silva: violín Daniel González: violín Roberto (Bobby) Rodríguez: bajo Roger Lewis: flauta Elliot Romero: coros, Frank Mercado: coros Alfredo Valdés: tumba Felipe Yanes: piano Miguel P. Hernández: güiro Walfredo De Los Reyes III: timbal
"Rica Charanga" 1986 *All 8 compositions by Rudy Calzado Pupi Legarreta plays his ass off on flute (and violin). Mario Bauzá on clarinet. Everyone swings on these sessions. Vinyl LP "La Charanga Antillana"
Rosendo Ruiz Jr. & His Orchestra
CD reissue out of print, with 12 additional
songs I added from an other source.
The following was a review written by the respected Cuban music historian 'Luis Dequesada' on August 13, 2001 on Amazon.com. His information is excellent. (I corrected only a few misspelled words)
"Definitely one of the most rare and sought after of all Cuban Charanga orchestra albums. This compilation was recorded in Havana, Cuba in 1959 or 1960 and was first issued then as a 33rpm vinyl Lp by 'Tico' Records. Unfortunately it was discontinued by Tico around 1964 and since then it has become an elusive, hard to get and sought after recording, especially by connoisseurs of this genre.
This excellent Cuban Charanga directed by the great composer and pianist Rosendo Ruiz, Jr. was none other than maestro 'Felix Reyna's' "Orquesta Estrellas Cubanas", which was 'José Fajardo's' original orchestra until Reyna's takeover in 1959. This great orchestra was nicknamed "Rosendo Ruiz Jr.& His Orchestra" for these recordings. These recording sessions were made at the legendary CMQ Radiocentro's Studio #1 in Havana, Ruiz made one addition and one substitution. He added the famed violinist 'Miguel Barbon', aka "El Niño Prodigio" of 'Orq.Melodias del 40', to enhance the orchestra's strings section and substituted 'Julio Guerrero', aka "El Distinto" for 'Gonzalo Fernandez' then of Orquesta America de 'Ninon Mondejar' as flutist, the latter change became a controversial topic among experts and fans, then and in subsequent years.
This is a superb CD, the Charanga chorus, the musical arrangements, the tunes and the band are just exquisite. "Flor de Amor", "ChaChaCha del Diablo", "Lloraras"(my favorite), "El Pregon del Amor","La Vida Es Corta","El Borracho y El Bodeguero","La Combinacion", "Cha Cha Cha Loco", "Salsa Negra", "Guapacha en La Luna", "Pan Con Timba" and "Mambo Sideral" will simply delight you. I highly recommend the acquisition of this rare Cuban musical gem. Definitely Rosendo Ruiz Jr.'s best lifetime work. Recorded in Cuba during the famed and flavorful "Guapacha era", 1955-1960.
The original CD has 12 songs, I added an extra 12 songs from another 'Rosendo Ruiz Jr.'recording. 24 songs total.
The remastered recordings have excellent sound, I have ripped them into .flac files which have superior sound over MP3 with no sound loss. You need both Part 1 & Part 2 for all 24 songs.
The true "Panart Jam Session Vol.2" Directed by Julio Gutiérrez
The true "Panart Jam Session Vol.3" Directed by Alejandro "El Niño" Rivera #2 "Montuno Guajiro" features Manuel "Manolo" Furé singing.
Over the last several years CD's have been released that falsely claim to be the Panart "Cuban Jam Sessions" Vol.1, Vol.2.andVol.3respectively.
The false "Vol.1" CD
On the false "CD Vol.1", they changed the LP color from yellow to blue and completely did not include three songs on the original LP "Side B" ! They also took one song from the original Panart Vol. 3 (Niño Riveras sessions) and added it to "CD Vol.1." !
The false "Vol.2" CD
On the "CD Vol.2"... they changed the LP color from blue to red. ALL the songs are not from "Panart Vol.2", six songs come from Cachao's LP "Jam Sessions In Miniature" and only one song is from the the original Panart "Cuban Jam Session" LP.
The false "Vol.3" CD
On the CD "Vol.3"... they changed the LP color from dark blue (below) to yellow and green and they tried to make the cover "look like" one of the original Panart "Jam Session" series LP's. The CD is a 1994 re-issue of the Vol. 5 LP below. The Panart " classic "Cuban Jam Session with Fajardo" original vinyl LP cover is below with "Cachao", "Tata Güines" and Guillermo Barreto.
The 'original' Cuban Jam Session Vol.5 front cover .
The Venezuelan pressing, they changed the colors .
Every month Cuban LP's and recordings are added to the blog. Which include particular "styles" and "forms" of (playing & singing) "Cuban" music that unfortunately have become, or are on their way to becoming lost art forms. As well as related materiel which may not be "directly" from Cuba.
Mostly LP's that are either long out of print and-or obscure and music from "my own personal collection".
Occasionally some Brasilian things will be added that are hard to find, even on the other great Brasilian blogs, many that are listed in my Blog links. And maybe some things that have nothing to do with Cuban or Brasilian music.
It takes time to do all this, scanning the covers, resizing and uploading, often changing & correcting the info in each MP3 so it shows up right after you download, then see the info in a media player.
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Mark Sanders: Musician / percussionist.
Living, working and teaching in Manhattan, N.Y.C., U.S.A.
Born and raised in Manhattan, N.Y.C.
Lived in New Orleans from 1972 to 1986.
Had the first Cuban music radio program in New Orleans on WWOZ from 1980-1986.
Been back in N.Y.C. 28 years and planing on getting the hell out very soon.