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    Ry Cooder’s Chávez Ravine—a post World War IIera American narrative of “cool cats,” radios, UFO sightings, J. Edgar Hoover, red scares, and baseball—is a tribute to the long-gone Los Angeles Latino enclave known as Chávez Ravine. Using real and imagined historical characters, Cooder and friends created an album that recollects various aspects of the poor but vibrant hillside Chicano community, which was bulldozed by developers in the 1950s in the interest of “progress”; Dodgers Stadium ultimately was built on the site. Cooder says, “Here is some music for a place you don’t know, up a road you don’t go. Chávez Ravine, where the sidewalk ends.”

    Drawing from the various musical strains of Los Angeles, including conjunto, corrido, R&B, Latin pop, and jazz, Cooder and friends conjure the ghosts of Chávez Ravine and Los Angeles at mid-century. On this 15-track album, sung in Spanish and English, Cooder is joined by East L.A. legends like Chicano music patriarch Lalo Guerrero, Pachuco boogie king Don Tosti, Thee Midniters front man Little Willie G., and Ersi Arvizu of The Sisters and El Chicano.

    A Los Angeles native, Cooder has been working in Cuba since 1998, producing Buena Vista Social Club, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ferrer’s Buenos Hermanos, and Mambo Sinuendo—all Grammy winners. Three years in the making, Chávez Ravine marks his musical homecoming.

    “Los Angeles was paved over, malled up, high-rised, and urban-renewed, as fortunes were made, power was concentrated, and everything got faster and bigger,” comments Cooder.  ”But there is a lot I miss now. The texture of certain older neighborhoods, like Bunker Hill, a rural feel in urban places, like Chávez Ravine and the timbre of life there, and just peace and quiet,” he says.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Ry Cooder, vocals (1-3, 10, 11), guitar (1, 3-8, 10-12, 14, 15), organ (1), tres (1, 9), laud (2), bajo sexton (4, 12)
    Juliette Commagere, vocals (1, 7-9, 15), vocal chorus (2, 3)
    Jim Keltner, drums (1, 6, 8), bongos (3)
    Mike Elizondo, bass (1-6, 9, 10, 12-14)
    Joachim Cooder, timbales (1, 3, 8), percussion (2), drums (4, 5, 7, 10, 12, 13, 15), sampling (5, 9, 15)
    Carla Commagere, vocals (7), vocal chorus (2, 3, 8)
    Little Willie G., vocals (2, 8, 15), vocal chorus (5)
    Joe Rotondi, piano (2, 4, 6-8, 14)
    Gil Bernal, tenor saxophone (2, 6, 8, 14)
    Mike Bolger, trumpet (2, 7, 14), organ (7, 8), valve trombone (7, 14)
    Ledward Kaapana, guitar (2, 13, 14)
    Jon Hassell, trumpet (3)
    Lalo Guerrero, vocals (4, 6, 13), guitar (13)
    Flaco Jimenez, accordion (4, 12, 13)
    Ersi Arvizu, vocals (5, 12, 15)
    Jacob Garcia, vocal chorus (5)
    Chucho Valdés, piano (5)
    Jared Smith, bass (7, 8, 15), keyboard (9)
    Rudy Salas, Michael Guerra, vocal chorus (8)
    Dan Totsi, vocals (9)
    Sunny D. Levine, drum programming (11)
    Jacky Terrasson, piano (11)
    Rosella Arvizu, vocal (12)
    Bla Pahinui, vocals, guitar, ukulele (14)
    David Hidalgo, guitar (15)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Ry Cooder
    Recorded by Rail Jon Rogut at Village Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, and Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
    Assisted by Okhi Kim and Pete Martinez
    Additional recording by Jerry Boys, Sunny Levine, and Don Smith at Sound City Studios, Orange Stella, and Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA
    Mixed by Don Smith at Drive-By Studio, Los Angeles, CA
    Digital Editing by Martin Prader
    Mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Marcussen Mastering, Hollywood, CA

    Package Design: Tracey Shiffman
    Front cover illustrations by Michael C. McMillen

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Tuesday, June 14, 2005 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79877

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
217
578
Tuesday, June 14, 2005 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Ry Cooder
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597987720BUN
Price: 
17.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597987768
Price: 
11.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

Ry Cooder’s Chávez Ravine—a post World War IIera American narrative of “cool cats,” radios, UFO sightings, J. Edgar Hoover, red scares, and baseball—is a tribute to the long-gone Los Angeles Latino enclave known as Chávez Ravine. Using real and imagined historical characters, Cooder and friends created an album that recollects various aspects of the poor but vibrant hillside Chicano community, which was bulldozed by developers in the 1950s in the interest of “progress”; Dodgers Stadium ultimately was built on the site. Cooder says, “Here is some music for a place you don’t know, up a road you don’t go. Chávez Ravine, where the sidewalk ends.”

Drawing from the various musical strains of Los Angeles, including conjunto, corrido, R&B, Latin pop, and jazz, Cooder and friends conjure the ghosts of Chávez Ravine and Los Angeles at mid-century. On this 15-track album, sung in Spanish and English, Cooder is joined by East L.A. legends like Chicano music patriarch Lalo Guerrero, Pachuco boogie king Don Tosti, Thee Midniters front man Little Willie G., and Ersi Arvizu of The Sisters and El Chicano.

A Los Angeles native, Cooder has been working in Cuba since 1998, producing Buena Vista Social Club, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ferrer’s Buenos Hermanos, and Mambo Sinuendo—all Grammy winners. Three years in the making, Chávez Ravine marks his musical homecoming.

“Los Angeles was paved over, malled up, high-rised, and urban-renewed, as fortunes were made, power was concentrated, and everything got faster and bigger,” comments Cooder.  ”But there is a lot I miss now. The texture of certain older neighborhoods, like Bunker Hill, a rural feel in urban places, like Chávez Ravine and the timbre of life there, and just peace and quiet,” he says.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

With a cast of legendary Chicano musicians, Cooder recounts the story of how a Mexican-American community was destroyed to make way for L.A.’s Dodger Stadium. Rolling Stone calls it “a remarkable song cycle … a brilliant and flavorful film-noir history lesson.”

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Ry Cooder, vocals (1-3, 10, 11), guitar (1, 3-8, 10-12, 14, 15), organ (1), tres (1, 9), laud (2), bajo sexton (4, 12)
Juliette Commagere, vocals (1, 7-9, 15), vocal chorus (2, 3)
Jim Keltner, drums (1, 6, 8), bongos (3)
Mike Elizondo, bass (1-6, 9, 10, 12-14)
Joachim Cooder, timbales (1, 3, 8), percussion (2), drums (4, 5, 7, 10, 12, 13, 15), sampling (5, 9, 15)
Carla Commagere, vocals (7), vocal chorus (2, 3, 8)
Little Willie G., vocals (2, 8, 15), vocal chorus (5)
Joe Rotondi, piano (2, 4, 6-8, 14)
Gil Bernal, tenor saxophone (2, 6, 8, 14)
Mike Bolger, trumpet (2, 7, 14), organ (7, 8), valve trombone (7, 14)
Ledward Kaapana, guitar (2, 13, 14)
Jon Hassell, trumpet (3)
Lalo Guerrero, vocals (4, 6, 13), guitar (13)
Flaco Jimenez, accordion (4, 12, 13)
Ersi Arvizu, vocals (5, 12, 15)
Jacob Garcia, vocal chorus (5)
Chucho Valdés, piano (5)
Jared Smith, bass (7, 8, 15), keyboard (9)
Rudy Salas, Michael Guerra, vocal chorus (8)
Dan Totsi, vocals (9)
Sunny D. Levine, drum programming (11)
Jacky Terrasson, piano (11)
Rosella Arvizu, vocal (12)
Bla Pahinui, vocals, guitar, ukulele (14)
David Hidalgo, guitar (15)

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Ry Cooder
Recorded by Rail Jon Rogut at Village Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, and Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
Assisted by Okhi Kim and Pete Martinez
Additional recording by Jerry Boys, Sunny Levine, and Don Smith at Sound City Studios, Orange Stella, and Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA
Mixed by Don Smith at Drive-By Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Digital Editing by Martin Prader
Mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Marcussen Mastering, Hollywood, CA

Package Design: Tracey Shiffman
Front cover illustrations by Michael C. McMillen