Silvio Rodriguez – Sueño de Una Noche de Verano

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A catchy tune, seemingly representative of so many North American studio influences it’s hard to pick them all apart. Opening and closing with a horn flourish worthy of Earth, Wind & Fire, continuing around a popping bass line reminiscent of Fernando Saunders (renowned bassist for Lou Reed). It is almost as if the producer identified the most recognizably glorious elements of the 80’s soft rock/power ballad genre and folded it into this recording.


Reggae Covers: Roland Alphono & the Soul Brothers – Miss Ska-Culation (The Chantays – Pipeline)

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From 1966, a tight little cover by Cuban sax giant Roland Alphonso of the 1963 hit for Orange Co., CA’s The Chantays.

Orlando “Maraca” Valle – Párraga

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A little Cuban jazz flute for Tuesday morning. It’s a familiar tune, though I can’t say what tourist video or toothpaste commercial in which  I first encountered it.

Silvio Rodriguez – Como Esperando Abril

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Warm summery days, you want some flute music & a 70s-era string track.

Silvio Rodríguez – Sueño con Serpientes

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Havana Cuba’s Silvio Rodríguez here haunts, challenges, creates something gentle and new.

Hay hombres que luchan un día y son buenos,
hay otros que luchan un año y son mejores,
hay quienes luchan muchos años y son muy buenos,
pero hay los que luchan toda la vida
esos son los imprescindibles

– Bertolt Brecht

Abelardo Barroso – El Fantasma del Circo

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King of Son Cubano Abelardo Barroso (y la Sensacion) lining up the riddim in small doses. In the momentarily perfect filmscape that is your life walking fresh-shaven and -shorn out of a white tile barber shop into a hot-not-scorching Havana twilight, this could be your soundtrack:

Besa mujer!

Los Muñequitos De Matanzas – Chacho

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Starts slowly, melodically; but eventually just can’t let up. Los Muñequitos De Matanzas, world-renowned masters of rumba, fill your ears with drums and your feet with rhythms.