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Track Listing

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1Chanchullo (Israel López)5:08
2De una manera espantosa (Arsenio Rodríguez)4:19
3La lluvia (M. Diaz, R. González, J. Ramos, O. López, A. Valdéz)5:14
4Central Constancia (Enrique Jorrin)5:55
5Quizás. Quizás (Osvaldo Farres )2:25
6Choco's Guajira (Alfredo ‘ Chocolate’ Armenteros)6:46
7Si te contará (Feliz Reina)1:27
8El Bodeguero (Richard Egües)5:09
9Isora Club (Coralia López, Israel López)5:32
10Rico vacilón (Rossendo Ruiz Jr.)4:09
11Pa'gozar (Aristides Soto)4:30

About this Album

Three years after his critically acclaimed half-million selling debut, Introducing…Rubén González, the 82-year-old Cuban pianist of Buena Vista Social Club fame delivered his second solo album, Chanchullo.

Reintroduced to the public through the success of the Buena Vista Social Club, González had long been acknowledged and admired as one of the greatest Cuban pianists from the 1940s and '50s. The overwhelming response to his debut album coupled with extensive touring throughout Europe and the United States has given him worldwide recognition.

Recorded at the legendary Egrem studios in Havana, the material on Chanchullo is drawn from the vast cache of Cuban music that has been in González’s repertoire for more than half a century. The album includes an exploration of a number of distinct Cuban music styles, including danzón, son montuno, cha cha cha, guajira, and descarga, to name a few.

The group of musicians who accompanied González on tour for the preceding two years are featured on Chanchullo, and the band is supplemented by special guests Richard Egües on flute, Ibrahim Ferrer and Teresita García on vocals, and Papi Oviedo on tres. The percussion section comprises Angel Terry and Miguel "Anga" on congas, Roberto García on bongos, Amadito Valdés on timbales, and Virgilio Valdes on maracas.


Ruben Gonzalez, piano
Orlando ‘Cachaito’ López, bass
Amatido Valdéz, timbales
Miguel ‘Anga’ Díaz, congas (2, 3, 6)
Angel Terry, congas
Roberto Garcia, bongos, cowbell, guiro
Alberto ‘Virgilio’ Valdéz, maracas
Alejandro Pichardo Perez, guiro, clave
Manuel ‘Guajiro’ Mirabal, trumpet
Jesús ‘Aguaje’ Ramos, trombone, vocal (4) & chorus
Ibrahim Ferrer, vocal (2, 6) & chorus
Cheikh Lô, vocal (6)
Lazaro Villa, vocal (4) & chorus
Richard Egües, flute (4, 5)
Joaquin Oliveiras, flute (4)
Javier Zalba, baritone sax (1)
Lazaro Ordóñez Enriquez, violin (4)
Eliades Ochoa, guitar (5)
Papi Oviedom tres (6)
Ry Cooder, tres (10)
Joachim Cooder, drums (10)

A World Circuit Production
Produced by Nick Gold
Recorded and mixed by Jerry Boys
Musical director Jesús ‘Aguaje’ Ramos
Recorded at EGREM Studios, Havana and Angel Studios, London, 1997, 2000
Mixed and mastered at Livingston Studios, London
Mastered by Jerry Boys and Tom Leader
Assistant recording engineers: Simon Burwell and Julio Martinez Rodriguez
Assistant mix engineer: Simon Burwell

Cover photography Cristina Piza
Design by Kathryn Samson; print production by Intro


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

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