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    Flor de amor, a collection of musical love letters, was recorded in Havana’s legendary EGREM studios with a stellar cast of Cuban and Brazilian musicians as well as producers Nick Gold and Jerry Boys, renowned Cuban arranger Demetrio Muniz (Ibrahim Ferrer), and the Brazilian producer Alê Siqueira. The record’s varied set culminates in the tender Portuguese ballad “Casa Calor,” specially written for her by the Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown.

    Guitarists featured on the album include Papi Oviedo on tres (traditional Cuban guitar), Manuel Galbán on rhythm, Brazil’s Swami Jr. on seven-string, and Irakere’s Carlos Emilio and Jorge Chicoy on acoustic and electric. Portuondo’s rhythm section features Cachaíto López on bass, Roberto Fonseca on piano, and the Cuban maestros Miguel “Angá” Diaz and Ramses Gonzáles on congas and drums.

    Flor de amor opens with the atmospheric Afro-rhythm of “Tabú,” which is followed by “Amor de mis amores,” a bolero anchored by a string section and trombone. “Mueve la cintura mulato” features charanga strings, Brazilian guitar, and Cuban flute solos. The intimate “Amorosa guajira” relies only on Portuondo’s vocals and tres guitar. Also included on the record is “Hermosa Habana”—an ode to Portuondo’s native city. Flor de amor follows the singer’s acclaimed World Circuit / Nonesuch debut, 2000’s The Buena Vista Social Club Presents Omara Portuondo.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Omara Portuondo, vocals (1-14)
    Carlos Emilio, acoustic and electric guitar (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11, 14)
    Swami Jr., 7-string guitar (1, 4, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14)
    Roberto Fonseca, keyboards (1), piano (2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10), organ (6), clavinet (7)
    Javier Zalba, clarinet (1)
    Orlando 'Cachaito' López, bass (1-7, 9, 10-14)
    Ramses Manuel Rodriguez, drums (1, 13)
    Emilio del Monte Jr., congas; Emilio del Monte, timbales; Julio Guera, batas (1)
    Caridad Valdéz Menéndez, Yaremi Alfonso Nápoles, Idania Valdéz Casuso, coro (1-7, 9, 13)
    Riena Hernandez Centeno, coro (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 13)
    Papi Oviedo, tres (2, 3, 8, 9, 11, 13)
    Manuel Galbán, acoustic guitar; Jorge Chicoy, electric guitar (2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 13)
    Jesus Aguaje Ramos, trombone (2)
    Miguel ‘Anga’ Diaz, congas (2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14)
    Carlos Gonzalez, bongos (2, 5, 9), clave (4)
    Amatido Valdéz, timbales (2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12)
    Alberto ‘Virgilio’ Valdéz, maracas (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 13)
    Teresa Garcia, coro (2, 5, 9)
    Xiomara Valdéz, coro (2, 5, 9), second voice (4)
    Gavyn Wright (leader), Patrick Kiernan, Boguslaw Kostecki, Julian Leaper, Perry Montague-Mason, Kathy Shane, C. Thompson, Chris Tombling, violin (2, 10, 11, 13)
    Gustav Clarkson, Zoe Jake, Bruce White, viola (2, 10, 11, 13)
    David Daniels, Martin Loveday, cello (2, 10, 11, 13)
    Miguel de la Hoz, trumpet (3)
    Nicholas Bucknall, Philip Todd, clarinet (3, 11, 12)
    Andy Findon, bass clarinet (3, 12)
    Ramses M, Gonzalez, drums (3, 4, 11, 13)
    Enrique Lazaga, guiro (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9)
    Polo Tomayo, flute (4, 5)
    Abilio Betancourt Bejerano, Edward Mazaran Betancourt, Yordanys Ravelo Machado, violin (4)
    Augusto Diago, (4, 5, 6, 9)
    Lazaro Dagoberto Gonzaléz, Julian Corrales, Silvio Duquesne, violin (4, 5)
    Emilio Vega, vibes (6, 14)
    Marcos Suzano, shaker, pandeiro (6); shaker, tables, baixela (10)
    Ariel Sarduy, violin (6, 9)
    Mario Fernandez, violin (6)
    Bararito Torres, laoud (7, 14)
    Eduardo Rubio, flute; Horacio Rodriguez, timbales; Celco Valdéz, violin; Dagoberto González Piedra, violin; Leo Bit Bit, timbau, surdo; Boghan Costa, timbau, surdo; Elton, timbau, surdo; Rita Manning, violin (7)
    Peter Lale, viola (7, 10, 13)
    Simon Burwell, keyboard; Adel Gonzalez, congas; Victor Villa, Carlos M. Calunga, Tirso O. Duarte, coro (9)
    Toninho Ferragutti, Acordeon (10)
    Carlinhos Brown, percussion; Angela Lopo, backing vocals; Alê Siqueira, theramin; Nailor Proveta, clarinet; Goyo, abacuá; Lazaro Hernández, abacuá; Yelien Garcia, abacuá; Ricardro Chirino, abacuá (14)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS

    A World Circuit Production
    Produced by Nick Gold and Jerry Boys
    Co-produced by Demetrio Muñiz
    Arrangements by Demetrio Muñiz
    Musical consultant: Simon Burwell
    Tracks 1, 6, 7, 10 &14 produced by Alê Siqueira
    Co-produced by Demetrio Muñiz
    Arrangements by Demetrio Muñiz, Alê Siqueira & Swami Jr.
    Recorded at Egrem Studios, Havana; Livingston Studios, London & Recorder Studios, Paris 2003
    Recorded by Jerry Boys
    Assistant recording engineers: James Thompson & Isel Martinez Rodriguez
    Mixed and mastered at Livingston Studios, London
    Mixed by Jerry Boys with Simon Burwell
    Assistant mix engineer: Chris Wilcock
    Mastered by Tom Leader & Jerry Boys

    Photography by Christina Jaspars
    Design by iwantdesign.co.uk
    Production supervisor: Sara Daoud

    Executive Producer: Nick Gold

    Format availability

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

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Tuesday, July 13, 2004 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79811

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
90
551
Tuesday, July 13, 2004 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Omara Portuondo
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597981124BUN
Price: 
0.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597981162
Price: 
10.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

Flor de amor, a collection of musical love letters, was recorded in Havana’s legendary EGREM studios with a stellar cast of Cuban and Brazilian musicians as well as producers Nick Gold and Jerry Boys, renowned Cuban arranger Demetrio Muniz (Ibrahim Ferrer), and the Brazilian producer Alê Siqueira. The record’s varied set culminates in the tender Portuguese ballad “Casa Calor,” specially written for her by the Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown.

Guitarists featured on the album include Papi Oviedo on tres (traditional Cuban guitar), Manuel Galbán on rhythm, Brazil’s Swami Jr. on seven-string, and Irakere’s Carlos Emilio and Jorge Chicoy on acoustic and electric. Portuondo’s rhythm section features Cachaíto López on bass, Roberto Fonseca on piano, and the Cuban maestros Miguel “Angá” Diaz and Ramses Gonzáles on congas and drums.

Flor de amor opens with the atmospheric Afro-rhythm of “Tabú,” which is followed by “Amor de mis amores,” a bolero anchored by a string section and trombone. “Mueve la cintura mulato” features charanga strings, Brazilian guitar, and Cuban flute solos. The intimate “Amorosa guajira” relies only on Portuondo’s vocals and tres guitar. Also included on the record is “Hermosa Habana”—an ode to Portuondo’s native city. Flor de amor follows the singer’s acclaimed World Circuit / Nonesuch debut, 2000’s The Buena Vista Social Club Presents Omara Portuondo.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

Taking center stage, the septuagenarian Buena Vista star elegantly performs Cuban and Brazilian songs. London’s Guardian praised Portuondo’s “charming set”: “Her singing is still both intimate and majestic and she can still cover a whole range of Latin styles.”

FormatRestrictions: 

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

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Omara Portuondo, vocals (1-14)
Carlos Emilio, acoustic and electric guitar (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11, 14)
Swami Jr., 7-string guitar (1, 4, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14)
Roberto Fonseca, keyboards (1), piano (2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10), organ (6), clavinet (7)
Javier Zalba, clarinet (1)
Orlando 'Cachaito' López, bass (1-7, 9, 10-14)
Ramses Manuel Rodriguez, drums (1, 13)
Emilio del Monte Jr., congas; Emilio del Monte, timbales; Julio Guera, batas (1)
Caridad Valdéz Menéndez, Yaremi Alfonso Nápoles, Idania Valdéz Casuso, coro (1-7, 9, 13)
Riena Hernandez Centeno, coro (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 13)
Papi Oviedo, tres (2, 3, 8, 9, 11, 13)
Manuel Galbán, acoustic guitar; Jorge Chicoy, electric guitar (2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 13)
Jesus Aguaje Ramos, trombone (2)
Miguel ‘Anga’ Diaz, congas (2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14)
Carlos Gonzalez, bongos (2, 5, 9), clave (4)
Amatido Valdéz, timbales (2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12)
Alberto ‘Virgilio’ Valdéz, maracas (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 13)
Teresa Garcia, coro (2, 5, 9)
Xiomara Valdéz, coro (2, 5, 9), second voice (4)
Gavyn Wright (leader), Patrick Kiernan, Boguslaw Kostecki, Julian Leaper, Perry Montague-Mason, Kathy Shane, C. Thompson, Chris Tombling, violin (2, 10, 11, 13)
Gustav Clarkson, Zoe Jake, Bruce White, viola (2, 10, 11, 13)
David Daniels, Martin Loveday, cello (2, 10, 11, 13)
Miguel de la Hoz, trumpet (3)
Nicholas Bucknall, Philip Todd, clarinet (3, 11, 12)
Andy Findon, bass clarinet (3, 12)
Ramses M, Gonzalez, drums (3, 4, 11, 13)
Enrique Lazaga, guiro (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9)
Polo Tomayo, flute (4, 5)
Abilio Betancourt Bejerano, Edward Mazaran Betancourt, Yordanys Ravelo Machado, violin (4)
Augusto Diago, (4, 5, 6, 9)
Lazaro Dagoberto Gonzaléz, Julian Corrales, Silvio Duquesne, violin (4, 5)
Emilio Vega, vibes (6, 14)
Marcos Suzano, shaker, pandeiro (6); shaker, tables, baixela (10)
Ariel Sarduy, violin (6, 9)
Mario Fernandez, violin (6)
Bararito Torres, laoud (7, 14)
Eduardo Rubio, flute; Horacio Rodriguez, timbales; Celco Valdéz, violin; Dagoberto González Piedra, violin; Leo Bit Bit, timbau, surdo; Boghan Costa, timbau, surdo; Elton, timbau, surdo; Rita Manning, violin (7)
Peter Lale, viola (7, 10, 13)
Simon Burwell, keyboard; Adel Gonzalez, congas; Victor Villa, Carlos M. Calunga, Tirso O. Duarte, coro (9)
Toninho Ferragutti, Acordeon (10)
Carlinhos Brown, percussion; Angela Lopo, backing vocals; Alê Siqueira, theramin; Nailor Proveta, clarinet; Goyo, abacuá; Lazaro Hernández, abacuá; Yelien Garcia, abacuá; Ricardro Chirino, abacuá (14)

PRODUCTION CREDITS

A World Circuit Production
Produced by Nick Gold and Jerry Boys
Co-produced by Demetrio Muñiz
Arrangements by Demetrio Muñiz
Musical consultant: Simon Burwell
Tracks 1, 6, 7, 10 &14 produced by Alê Siqueira
Co-produced by Demetrio Muñiz
Arrangements by Demetrio Muñiz, Alê Siqueira & Swami Jr.
Recorded at Egrem Studios, Havana; Livingston Studios, London & Recorder Studios, Paris 2003
Recorded by Jerry Boys
Assistant recording engineers: James Thompson & Isel Martinez Rodriguez
Mixed and mastered at Livingston Studios, London
Mixed by Jerry Boys with Simon Burwell
Assistant mix engineer: Chris Wilcock
Mastered by Tom Leader & Jerry Boys

Photography by Christina Jaspars
Design by iwantdesign.co.uk
Production supervisor: Sara Daoud

Executive Producer: Nick Gold