Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Video N.Y.C.: Rumbeando en Parque Union Square


Rumbeando en Union Square Park

en Manhattan, New York City.
Quinto: Tito Sandoval, cajones: Felix 'Matanza',
Guagua: 'Juango', y "Pescao": cantante


Monday, November 29, 2010

Conjunto de René Hernández - Cuba


No Quiero Biberon
Conj. de René Hernández
Vocal: Pio Leiva
(Ritmo: Conga Santiaguera)

Ahi Na' Ma'
Conj. de René Hernández
Vocal: ?
(Ritmo: Conga Habanera)

Entrevista de radio con Silvestre Méndez

Silvestre Méndez
Entrevista de radio con El Maestro

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Senén Suárez blogspot.com

Rumba Cubana @ The Brecht Forum Today/Hoy 28 de Nov de 6:30 a 9:30

AFROLATINO CAFÉ Con Rumba Cubana @ The Brecht Forum Today/Hoy
28 de Nov de 6:30 a 9:30 Directions:
From the subway station at 14th St and 8th Ave, walk down 8th Ave to Bethune St, turn right on Bethune and walk 3 blocks west to West Side Highway. Turn left and Brecht Forum is on that block. By car, take W. 11th St west to the West Side Highway, turn right and the Brecht Forum is a block and a half north. Brecht Forum: www.brechtforum.org (212) 242-4201.

Quinto: Tito Sandoval, tumbador: Nicky Laboy
Tres Dos: Felix 'Matanza', Guagua: Barry Duke


Get ready people.... (Who gives a shit about "Black Friday")

The Taíno People of Cuba

Cuban Taíno Indians in Punta Maisí, Cuba.
'Indians in Cuba'
by Jose Barreiro

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Compilations: "Por los campos de Cuba - 25 Guajiras Inmortales"

"Por los campos de Cuba - 25 Guajiras inmortales"
Tumbao CD - 2009
25 Guajiras, 16 artists/bands.

Very nice Compilation of only classic 'Guajiras'.
(no "commie" stuff)
As always Tumbao's very creative graphic design that use's old Cuban photographic post cards, included liner notes in English, Spanish, French.
Please download from and support 'El blog del Banense'
.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Compilations: "50 Aniversario Del Triunfo de La Revolucion" 2 CD's 2010

"50 Aniversario Triunfo de La Revolucion"
Compilations: 50 songs. The Tumbao label
A 2 CD digipak.

The music label 'Tumbao' based in Spain is well known for it's
effort for over more than 15 years, for aquiring, remastering,
reissuing and therefore preserving many varied forms of
secular and non secular Cuban music, as well as the many
historically important artists/musicians/bands/orchestras.

The "Tumbao Cuban Classics" series with consistently
creative and artistic graphic design work has provided
music to listeners who may otherwise would never have
had a chance to hear classic Cuban music, unless they had
been collecting it for years or knew someone who had it.

We must of course acknowledge 'René Lopéz Sr.' and
'Andy Kaufman' for being among the first to reissue "Cuban Classics originally from 78rpm's onto vinyl LP's in the mid 1970's on the 'Cariño' and 'Cubitas' record labels respectively.

Many people I know have heard and have some of these 50 recordings, but many more have no idea that these recordings exist.
Tumbao took their time in searching for and compiling the materiel on these two CD's titled "50 Aniversario Del Triunfo de La Revolucion".

Whether listeners relate to the "ideology" presented is up to
the listener, but without a doubt... the musicians, bands, orquestas that are playing the music on these 50 recordings are superb.
Alejandro 'El Negro' Vivar, Ibrahim Ferrer, Pio Leiva
Orq. Chepin, Carlos Embale, Daniel Santos,
Rolando La' Serie and yes....... Celia Cruz.


CD #1
13. Vinieron A Salvar A Cuba
Orquesta Mayia.
Vocals: Carioca y Ibrahim Ferrer.
Hesmerido "Lolo" Ferrera: bateria
Ritmo Pilón - 1959.

14. "El Chévere Guevara"
García Escobar y su Conjunto
Guaracha - 1959

16. "Ya Soy Feliz"
Orquesta Chepín Choven
Vocal: Ibrahim Ferrer
 Hesmerido "Lolo" Ferrera: bateria
Ritmo Pilón - 1959.

24. "Los Chivatos"
Conjunto de Arty Valdés
Vocal: Cascarita
Guaracha - 1959


CD #2
3. "Yo Soy Cubano"
Papin y sus Rumberos
Vocal: Pascual Herrera quinto: Ricardo Abreu
Rumba Guaguancó - 1959

7. También La Tumbé
El Septeto Nacional
Vocal: Carlos Embale
Trumpeta: Lazaro “El Jabao” Herrera
Guajira Son - 1959

9. "Guajiro Ya Llegó Tu Día"
La Sonora Matancera
Vocal: Celia Cruz
Son Guajira - 1959)

10. "Reforma Agraria y Guaguí"
Harry Lewis y su Banda
Guaracha - 1959

13. "Son Humanista"
Conjunto Luis "Lilí" Martínez Griñán
Vocal: Vicente Sánchez
Son Montuno - 1959


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This one is not included in the 2 CD's
Este no está incluido en los CD's 2
"Revolucion En La Cintura"
Orq. Neno Gonzalez
Voz de: Candita Vazquez





Similar themed materiel can be found on the excellent
vinyl LP: "Carnaval 1960 - 61"
CD1:
1. Guillermo Portabales: Rebeldía del guajiro (Guajira, 1948)
2. Trío Yara: Así canta el cubano (Guajira, 1952)
3. Ramón Veloz: Ay, pobre Cuba (Lamento Guajiro, 1952)
4. Evelio Rodríguez, Conjunto de Ñico Saquito: Que viva mi bandera (Punto Cubano, 1953)
5. Daniel Santos y su Conjunto: Sierra Maestra (Marcha, 1957)
6. Quinteto Rebelde, canta Rubén de la O.: Eso que tiene Fidel (Bolero Son, 1958)
7. Quinteto Rebelde, canta Rubén de la O.: Soy fidelista (Guaracha, 1958)
8. Quinteto Rebelde, canta Rubén de la O.: Respeto a Che Guevara (Bolero, 1958)
9. Quinteto Rebelde, canta Rubén de la O.: Que se vaya el mono (Guaracha, 1958)
10. Cascarita con el Conjunto de Arty Valdés: Guaguancó del 26 (Guaguancó, 1959)
11. Rolando Laserie y su Orquesta: Fidel ya llegó (Guaracha, 1959)
12. Ibrahim Ferrer y Carioca y Orquesta Mayia: Muchas gracias Fidel (Conga, 1959)
13. Ibrahim Ferrer y Carioca, Orquesta Mayia: Vinieron a salvar a Cuba (Son Montuno, (1959)
14. García Escobar y su Conjunto: El Chévere Guevara (Guaracha, 1959)
15. Chepín Choven y su Orquesta Oriental: Habana-Camilo (Danzón, 1959)
16. Ibrahim Ferrer con Chepín Choven y su Orquesta: Ya soy feliz (Son Montuno, 1959)
17. Bimbi y su Conjunto: Como dice Fidel (Guaracha, 1959)
18. Daniel Santos y su Conjunto: Victoria de la juventud (Conga, 1959)
19. Celina y Reutilio: Que viva Fidel (Son Guajiro, 1959)
20. Carlos Quintana con Chepin y su Orquesta Oriental: Canto al patriota (Son Montuno, 1959)
21. Evelio Rodriguez Conj. de Lily Martínez: Del Escambray a La Habana (Son Montuno, 1959)
22. Rodobaldo Cabana Libre y sus Milicianos: Ya te fuiste so cotorrón (Guaracha, 1959)
23. Tony Mariño y su Orquesta: Oh, caridad (Guaracha, 1959)
24. Cascarita con el Conjunto de Arty Valdés: Los chivatos (Guaracha, 1959)
25. Trío Los Piratas: Héroes de La Sierra Maestra (Corrido, 1959)
(**not all the rhythms are listed correctly in the CD notes)

CD2:
1. Celina y Reutilio: Décimas de La Revolución (Décimas Guajiras, 1959)
2. Conjunto Artemiseño: Revolución cubana (Guajira, 1959)
3. Papín y sus Rumberos: Yo soy cubano (Guaguancó, 1959)
4. Luís Caney y su Orquesta: ¿Miedo para qué? (Son Montuno, 1959)
5. Cuarteto Los Ricardo: Se te acabó la guapería (Guaracha, 1959)
6. Evelio Rodríguez con el Conjunto de Lily Martínez: Ponte a trabajar (Guaracha, 1959)
7. Carlos Embale con el Septeto Nacional: También la tumbé (Guajira Son, 1959)
8. Luís Caney y su Orquesta: Se va el caimán (Cumbia, 1959)
9. Celia Cruz con la Sonora Matancera: Guajiro ya llegó tu día (Son Guajiro, 1959)
10. Harry Lewis y su Banda: Reforma Agraria y Guaguí (Guaguancó guaracha, 1959)
11. Carmelina Barbieri Conjunto Tienda del Pueblo: Ya empezó la molienda (Son Guajiro, 1959)
12. Joseíto Fernández y su Conjunto: Tierra y Libertad (Guajira Son, 1959)
13. Conjunto Lily Martínez, canta Vicente Sánchez: Son humanista (Son Montuno, 1959)
14. Felipe Dulzaides y sus Armónicos: Cuba, Cuba, Cuba (Canción Swing, 1960)
15. Arty Valdés y su Conjunto: Se ha perdido una estrella (Guaguancó, 1960)
16. Orquesta Copacabana de Cárdenas, Joaquín Hernández: Héroe de libertad (Bolero, 1960)
17. Pio Leyva con la Orquesta de Joaquín Mendivel: Rumba de mi Patria (Son Montuno, 1961)
18. Rodobaldo Cabana Libre y sus Milicianos: Edúcate cubano (Guaracha, 1961)
19. Pio Leyva con su Orquesta: Los obreros se divierten (Son Montuno, 1961)
20. Ñico Saquito, Conjunto con Alberto Aroche: ¿Qué es lo que pasa en Cuba? (Guaracha, 1961)
21. Harry Lewis y su Banda: Pelotón, atención (Guaguancó, 1961)
22. Carlos Puebla y sus Tradicionales: Cuba no está sola (Guaracha, 1962)
23. Carlos Puebla y sus Tradicionales: Conmigo eso sí no va (Guaracha, 1962)
24. Carlos Puebla y sus Tradicionales: ¿Y a nosotros qué? (Guaracha, 1962)
25. Ramón Veloz: Sin bandera (Bolero, 1962)
(**not all the rhythms are listed correctly in the CD notes)

Lets see if it gets listed in the
Cristóbal Díaz-Ayala - FIU archives.. jajaja!

LP cover art: Humberto Cané "Yeyo y Cané" RCA Victor 1955

"Yeyo y Cané"
Humberto Cané
10" inch vinyl LP RCA Victor Mexico 1955
Humberto Cané:
born, Matanzas, Cuba 1918.
died age 82, Los Angeles, Calif. 2000.

Multi-instrumentalist and band leader Humberto Cané organized one of the most highly regarded bands in the musical history of Mexico, specifically in the genres of Mambo and Cha Cha. In 1947 Cane's group backed Benny More in the recording of a now famous 10-inch LP at the outset of the popularization of Cha-Cha-Chá and Mambo. Previously recording with Conjunto Matamoros, it is thought that his collaborations with 'El Barbaro del Ritmo' had helped spawn his particular soneo style.
Humberto Cané was the son of Valentin Cané, the founder of the group Sonora Matancera.

Humberto Cané con Sonora Matancera
(José Rosario Chávez "Manteca" arriba direcha)


"Negro Bonito"
Vicentico Valdés with El Conjunto de Humberto Cané .
Recorded in Mexico, 1947

"Llegó La Rumba"
El Conjunto de Humberto Cané:
Recorded in México, 1952-1953

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Video: Cuba - Bailarines


"Como Se Baila El Son"

Conjunto De Guitaras De Alejandro Aguilar,
con Carmelina y Rolando.

video

"Repique"
Bongocero: Agustín Gutiérrez,
con Elena Del Cueto, Héctor Leal y Jorge Martinez.

video

"La Negra Tomasa"
(Bilongo)

video

"The good old days"



Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Compilations-variedades: "Cubita Cubera" - Cuba

"Cubita Cubera"
6 bands / 12 songs originally from vinyl.
((CC))

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Four compilation CD's

"Selection Cubana"
Miami bootleg of vinyl records transferred to CD
Includes six 1967,'68 songs by Elio Revé y Su Orq.
And six by Neno Gonzalez.


"Aquel Sabor De Cuba"
Vinyl LP
Radio Progreso studio recordings 1958,'59
*****Great compilation on a Duher vinyl LP,
includes several things not easily found.
(Sound 'cleaned' & 'trimmed' with GoldWave V.5)

"Como Se Goza En Cuba Ecos Del Pasado"
Jovenes Del Cayo, Novedades and Orq. Supercolosal
Nice cover photo taken in Trinidad De Cuba.
An excellent compilation of the 3 great bands
that has been out for years on an Ansonia LP.
Reissued several years ago on CD.
LP $21.00 on Ebay or download from Yoyo's blog

6. Chang Chong Palanqueta


"Conjuntos Famosos De Cuba"
An Egrem CD released several years ago.
Nothing really rare, but a nice variety of 15
different bands/19 songs.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Music this Friday Nov.19th.

I'm playing music (Cuban Son) with Grupo Irék
Friday Nov.19th @ Havana Central
2911 Broadway (Manhattan)
Between 113th & 114th St
9pm - 12am
No cover charge
http://www.havanacentral.com/home.php

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Profiles in greatness: Agustín Gutiérrez (selected bongó solos)

1925
Agustín Gutiérrez
a.k.a. "Manana"
(pictured with Abelardo Barroso playing Clavé)
Born: La Habana 1900 - died: ?

It's often thought that Agustín Gutiérrez created
the "Cuban" rhythmic form called the "Martillo"
which is the basic Son pattern played on the bongoes.

Agustín Gutiérrez was a member of the Abakúa in
La Habana and is often thought to be one of the first
bongoceros to introduce the technique of using the
thumb and middle finger to produce a glissando effect
by running the finger across the skin, producing a
low pitched "braying" or "mooing" sound, which in
actuality was derived from the highly secretive
Ékue drum which plays a major role in Abakúa
rites, never leaves the Fambá (temple) and is rarely
ever heard
by non Abakúa societal members.
The sound is meant to replicate the call of a Leopard.
(originally rooted in the Calabar region of Nigeria)

Agustín Gutiérrez - 1927
Agustín Gutiérrez - 1928


Agustín Gutiérrez third from left.

El coro dice:
"Agustin el bongocero, que tiene fama mundial 
ahora le va a repicar hasta que se rompe el cuero"
 Cuarteto Caney -1936 
Panchito Riset: vocal
"Sabrosito bongó"
Agustín Gutiérrez: bongoes


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"Loma De Belén"
Sexteto Habanero 1925
Agustín Gutiérrez: bongoes

"Yo No Tumba Caña"
Sexteto Habanero 1926
Agustín Gutiérrez: bongoes

"Elena La Cumbanchera"
Sexteto Habanero 1927
Agustín Gutiérrez: bongoes

"El Bongó Del Habanero"
Sexteto Habanero 1928
Agustín Gutiérrez: bongoes


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Septeto Nacional recorded in Madrid,1929
Bienvenido León: voc.
Juan De La Cruz: voc.
Lazaro Herrera: trumpet. 
Ignacio Piñeiro: bass.
Agustín Gutiérrez: bongoes.
Eutimio Constantín: guitar. 
Francisco Solares González: tres.

"El Que Siembra Su Maiz"
Septeto Nacional 1929
Agustín Gutiérrez: bongoes

"Bururún Barará"Septeto Nacional 1929
Agustín Gutiérrez: bongoes

"A La Loma De Belén"Septeto Nacional 1929
Agustín Gutiérrez: bongoes

"Aurora"
Septeto Nacional 1929
Agustín Gutiérrez: bongoes

"Maruxina"
Septeto Nacional 1929
Agustín Gutiérrez: bongoes
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Agustín Gutiérrez with Conj. Clave y Guaguancó -1967

3. "Tumba La Caña"
Agustín Gutiérrez: quinto-cajón

5. "Cuando Me Toca Mi"
Agustín Gutiérrez: quinto-cajón

7. "Sarabanda Kimbansero"
Agustín Gutiérrez: quinto-cajón

8. "Coco Mondanséré"
Agustín Gutiérrez: quinto-cajón

Conjunto Nasako
Agustín Gutiérrez playing Chekeré
Luis Santamaria (Mongo Santamaria's cousin) singing.
Jesús Pérez playing el hierro (guataca).
Sonia Calero dancing.
(3 drums made by Candido Requena)

"Ochun"

video

The drummer on the left in the photo below on the classic
Panart 'Guaguancó Afro-Cubano' LP is in the video above.
The drummer on the left is playing a tumbadora made by
Candido Requena... and the other drummer on the right is
playing my absolute favorite Quinto for the last 45 years.
I'd kill for a drum that exact shape and size.
(Nicolás Mauro: quinto)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Paulina Alvarez "La Emperatriz Del Danzónete" Cuba

"La Emperatriz Del Danzónete"Paulina Alvarez
15 vinyl recordings reissued on CD


2. "La Violetera"

9. "Échale Salsita"


Paulina Alvarez y Barbarito Diez


"Danzónete"


Medley of songs / un Pouporrit de canciones

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Antonio Diaz Mena "Eso Es Latin Jazz...Man!" 1963

"Eso Es Latin Jazz...Man!"
Antonio Diaz Mena
Vinyl LP on Audio Fidelity

Antonio Diaz Mena a.k.a. "Chocolate"
with Alejandro "El Negro" Vivar,
Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros,
Carlos "Patato" Valdez, Victor "Papo" Allende,
*Jorge Tapia, Miguel Avila.
Ramón Quian Sardinas "Monguito" sings on "Gozando el Guaguancó".
English vocal on "What Kind Of Fool Am I" uncredited.
Superb arranging by Lalo Schifrin, Duke Pearson and Felipe Yanez.

1959, Cuban conguero *Jorge Tapia sitting lower right.
Lou Peréz standing behind him.
In 1986,'87 I met Jorge Tapia at the Rumba in Central Park,
he invited me to his house, made me a watercress salad and we listened to Cuban music.
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