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Buena Vista Social Club Presents Omara Portuondo

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    World Circuit has produced albums of the other Buena Vista stars Rubén González and Ibrahim Ferrer. Now it is the turn of the only female star of the Buena Vista Social Club album and film, Omara Portuondo.

    Variously tagged the Edith Piaf and Billie Holiday of Cuba, her album takes as its theme unrequited love—love lost and found. Her sonorous and expressive voice is set against a large soundscape provided by the Cuban arranger Demetrio Muñiz, director of Havana’s famous Tropicana cabaret. Muñiz has introduced a rich and varied accompaniment to the recordings, including lush string sections, Compay Segundo’s clarinet group, traditional Septeto style, '50s style jazz big band, and a string quartet; amongst other unusual combinations. The resulting sound could only have been made in Cuba.

    Omara has recorded with a dream backing band, which includes the Buena Vista musicians Rubén González (piano), Orlando "Cachaíto" Lopez (bass), Manuel "Guajiro" Mirabal (trumpet), Jesus "Aguaje" Ramos (trombone), and Amadito Valdés (timbales).  There are also guest appearances from Eliades Ochoa, Compay Segundo, and Manuel Galbán (guitars) and the great Ibrahim Ferrer on vocals. 

    Recorded in Havana by Jerry Boys, who engineered the original World Circuit / Nonesuch Buena Vista, Ibrahim Ferrer, and Rubén González albums, the album retains the distinctive Social Club sound—resonant and evocative of the heyday of the big band era.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Omara Portuondo, vocals
    Ibrahim Ferrer, vocal (8)
    Pio Leyva, vocal (6)
    Rubén González, piano
    Orlando ‘Cachaíto’ López, bass
    Amadito Valdéz, timbales
    Angel Terry Domech, congas
    Filiberto Sánchez, bongos
    Carlos González, bongos (11)
    Alberto ‘Virgilio’ Valdéz, maracas, clave (4)
    Roberto Garcia, guiro
    Lázaro Villa, clave, chorus
    Manuel Galbán, guitar (5)
    Eliades Ochoa, guitar (1, 2)
    Compay Segundo, guitar (6)
    Benito  Suárez, guitar (6)
    Gilberto ‘Papi’ Oviedo, tres (8)
    Manuel ‘Guajiro’ Mirabal, trumpet (all solos)
    Yaure Muñiz, trumpet, flugelhorn
    Alejandro Pichardo, trumpet
    Yanko Pichardo, trumpet
    Daniel Ramos, trumpet
    Jesús ‘Aguaje’ Ramos, trombone (all solos), chorus
    Demetrio Muñiz, trombone
    Antonio Leal, trombone
    Panteleón Sánchez, alto sax (all solos)
    Javier Zalba, alto and soprano sax
    Antonio Jiménez, tenor sax
    Rafael ‘Jimmy’ Jenks, tenor sax
    Carlos Fernández, tenor sax
    Ventura Gutiérrez, baritone sax
    Rafael Lázaro Inciarte, clarinet (6)
    Haskell Armenteros, clarinet (6)
    Dania Valdéz, chorus
    Teresita Garcia Caturla, chorus
    Xiomara Valdéz, chorus
    Pedro Depestre González, Humberto Legat, Aeyoth Marichal, Gerardo Garcia, Rogelio Martinez, Ariel Sarduy, Augusto Diago, Hugo Cruz, Julián Corrales, violin; Angel Zaldivar, José Marón, Rafael Cutiño, Roberto Herrera, viola
    Arelis Zaldivar, Roy Avila Serrano, cello
    Augusto Diago, Ariel Sarduy, Jose Maron, violin; Arelis Zaldivar, cello (string quartet on 4)
    Roger Beaujolais, vibes (5)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    A World Circuit production
    Produced by Nick Gold and Jerry Boys
    Recorded and mixed by Jerry Boys and Simon Burwell
    Musical director: Demetrio Muñiz with Jesús ‘Aguaje’ Ramos
    Recorded at EGREM Studios, Havana, December 1999 & January 2000
    Mixed and mastered at Livingston Studios, London, February 2000
    Mastered by Tom Leader and the Jerry Boys

    Cover photograph by Francis Giacobetti
    Design by Public Art

    Format availability

    This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States and Canada only.

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Friday, April 28, 2000 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79603

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
90
258
Monday, May 1, 2000 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Omara Portuondo
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597960327BUN
Price: 
0.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597960365
Price: 
10.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

World Circuit has produced albums of the other Buena Vista stars Rubén González and Ibrahim Ferrer. Now it is the turn of the only female star of the Buena Vista Social Club album and film, Omara Portuondo.

Variously tagged the Edith Piaf and Billie Holiday of Cuba, her album takes as its theme unrequited love—love lost and found. Her sonorous and expressive voice is set against a large soundscape provided by the Cuban arranger Demetrio Muñiz, director of Havana’s famous Tropicana cabaret. Muñiz has introduced a rich and varied accompaniment to the recordings, including lush string sections, Compay Segundo’s clarinet group, traditional Septeto style, '50s style jazz big band, and a string quartet; amongst other unusual combinations. The resulting sound could only have been made in Cuba.

Omara has recorded with a dream backing band, which includes the Buena Vista musicians Rubén González (piano), Orlando "Cachaíto" Lopez (bass), Manuel "Guajiro" Mirabal (trumpet), Jesus "Aguaje" Ramos (trombone), and Amadito Valdés (timbales).  There are also guest appearances from Eliades Ochoa, Compay Segundo, and Manuel Galbán (guitars) and the great Ibrahim Ferrer on vocals. 

Recorded in Havana by Jerry Boys, who engineered the original World Circuit / Nonesuch Buena Vista, Ibrahim Ferrer, and Rubén González albums, the album retains the distinctive Social Club sound—resonant and evocative of the heyday of the big band era.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

Omara Portuondo was the only female artist featured in the original Buena Vista Social Club lineup. Rolling Stone calls the diva’s big-band solo debut  “a session of blinding beauty, concentrating on the torrid boleros that made Latin music such a grand affair in the 1950s.”

FormatRestrictions: 

This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States and Canada only.

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Omara Portuondo, vocals
Ibrahim Ferrer, vocal (8)
Pio Leyva, vocal (6)
Rubén González, piano
Orlando ‘Cachaíto’ López, bass
Amadito Valdéz, timbales
Angel Terry Domech, congas
Filiberto Sánchez, bongos
Carlos González, bongos (11)
Alberto ‘Virgilio’ Valdéz, maracas, clave (4)
Roberto Garcia, guiro
Lázaro Villa, clave, chorus
Manuel Galbán, guitar (5)
Eliades Ochoa, guitar (1, 2)
Compay Segundo, guitar (6)
Benito  Suárez, guitar (6)
Gilberto ‘Papi’ Oviedo, tres (8)
Manuel ‘Guajiro’ Mirabal, trumpet (all solos)
Yaure Muñiz, trumpet, flugelhorn
Alejandro Pichardo, trumpet
Yanko Pichardo, trumpet
Daniel Ramos, trumpet
Jesús ‘Aguaje’ Ramos, trombone (all solos), chorus
Demetrio Muñiz, trombone
Antonio Leal, trombone
Panteleón Sánchez, alto sax (all solos)
Javier Zalba, alto and soprano sax
Antonio Jiménez, tenor sax
Rafael ‘Jimmy’ Jenks, tenor sax
Carlos Fernández, tenor sax
Ventura Gutiérrez, baritone sax
Rafael Lázaro Inciarte, clarinet (6)
Haskell Armenteros, clarinet (6)
Dania Valdéz, chorus
Teresita Garcia Caturla, chorus
Xiomara Valdéz, chorus
Pedro Depestre González, Humberto Legat, Aeyoth Marichal, Gerardo Garcia, Rogelio Martinez, Ariel Sarduy, Augusto Diago, Hugo Cruz, Julián Corrales, violin; Angel Zaldivar, José Marón, Rafael Cutiño, Roberto Herrera, viola
Arelis Zaldivar, Roy Avila Serrano, cello
Augusto Diago, Ariel Sarduy, Jose Maron, violin; Arelis Zaldivar, cello (string quartet on 4)
Roger Beaujolais, vibes (5)

PRODUCTION CREDITS
A World Circuit production
Produced by Nick Gold and Jerry Boys
Recorded and mixed by Jerry Boys and Simon Burwell
Musical director: Demetrio Muñiz with Jesús ‘Aguaje’ Ramos
Recorded at EGREM Studios, Havana, December 1999 & January 2000
Mixed and mastered at Livingston Studios, London, February 2000
Mastered by Tom Leader and the Jerry Boys

Cover photograph by Francis Giacobetti
Design by Public Art