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Mi Sueño

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    Of the many celebrated musicians to emerge from the Grammy Award-winning Buena Vista Social Club project, Ibrahim Ferrer emerged from retirement and relative obscurity to become perhaps the key figure in the resulting multi-million selling series of recordings. He earned further acclaim with the albums Buena Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer and Buenos Hermanos. Ferrer passed away in August 2005. The vocalist’s final album, Mi Sueño, was released on April 24, 2007, by World Circuit / Nonesuch Records. According to the UK's Q magazine, “Ferrer sings with the innate grace and intimacy of the truly blessed.” The album’s title, Mi Sueño (My Dream), refers to Ferrer’s longtime hope to record an album of boleros. Ferrer explained, “If my days ended tomorrow I would leave very satisfied in having achieved my wish, the wish was that dream: to sing a bolero.” Ferrer added, “In the past I was never allowed to sing boleros. They used to say my voice was no good for it. Not manly enough. But thanks to Buena Vista, a path cleared ahead of me, a little bird knocked on my door and I got where I was meant to be.” Three weeks before he was to complete the final recording for Mi Sueño, Ferrer died at the age of 78. While on his deathbed, he dictated a letter asking that his dream album be finished. With the high-quality demos of the songs that would make up the rest of the album, this became possible. In the confusion following Ferrer’s death these tapes were temporarily lost, causing a delay in the album’s completion. Eventually they were located and Ferrer’s dream album was realized. Recorded in Havana, Mi Sueño features a number of Cuba’s most accomplished musicians. The core backing group consists of Roberto Fonseca (piano), Manuel Galbán (guitar), Orlando “Cachaíto” López (bass), Ramses Rodríguez (drums), and Emilio del Monte (percussion). The late Buena Vista pianist Rubén González performs on one track (“Melodía del Río”), as does singer Omara Portuondo (“Quizás, Quizás”). Ferrer is also joined by trumpet player Manuel “Guajira” Mirabal on the song “Copla Guajira.” Ferrer’s most recent World Circuit / Nonesuch release was Buenos Hermanos (2003). Produced by Ry Cooder, it was the highly anticipated follow-up to Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer—which sold more than 1.5 million copies and topped the world music charts in countries around the world. The Grammy-nominated album won Ferrer the Best New Artist award at the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Ibrahim Ferrer, vocals (1-12)
    Roberto Fonseca, piano (1, 2, 4-12)
    Orlando “Cachaíto” López, bass (1-10, 12)
    Ramses Rodrígeuz, drums (1, 2, 4-6, 8-10, 12)
    Emilio del Monte, congas (1, 2, 4, 6), bongos (8), maracas (8), percussion (10),
    Manuel Galbán, electric guitar (2-4, 10, 12), acoustic guitar (8, 10, 12)
    Augusto Diago, violin (2, 8)
    Ariel Sarduy, violin (2, 8)
    José G. Marón, viola (2, 8)
    Arelys Zaldívar, cello (2, 8)
    Rubén González, piano (3)
    Joachim Cooder, drums (3)
    Roberto Garcia, bongos (3)
    Alberto “Virgilio” Valdés, maracas (3, 4, 6, 12)
    Chicoy, acoustic guitar (4)
    Javier Zalbar, clarinets (6, 10)
    Anres Coya, maracas (8)
    Mirta Baptista, harp (8)
    Amadito Valdés, timbales (9, 12)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS

    A World Circuit Production
    Produced by Nick Gold & Roberto Fonseca, except track 3, produced by Ry Cooder in 1998
    Musical Director: Roberto Fonseca
    Recorded at Egrem Studios, Havana, by Jerry Boys and at Egrem Miramar Studios by Alaín Martínez & Orestes Aguila
    Assistant Engineers: John Mallison, Sonny
    Mixed by Jerry Boys, Livingston Studios, London
    Mastered by Tom Leader & Jerry Boys, Livingston Studios, London
    Production Supervision: Sara Daoud
    Havana Administration: Zita M. Morriña “Toti”

    Design by Julian House at Intro
    Cover photograph by Youri Lenquette

    Format availability

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

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 24, 2007 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

139068

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
35
666
Tuesday, April 24, 2007 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Ibrahim Ferrer
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597998672BUN
Price: 
0.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597998665
Price: 
10.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

Of the many celebrated musicians to emerge from the Grammy Award-winning Buena Vista Social Club project, Ibrahim Ferrer emerged from retirement and relative obscurity to become perhaps the key figure in the resulting multi-million selling series of recordings. He earned further acclaim with the albums Buena Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer and Buenos Hermanos. Ferrer passed away in August 2005. The vocalist’s final album, Mi Sueño, was released on April 24, 2007, by World Circuit / Nonesuch Records. According to the UK's Q magazine, “Ferrer sings with the innate grace and intimacy of the truly blessed.” The album’s title, Mi Sueño (My Dream), refers to Ferrer’s longtime hope to record an album of boleros. Ferrer explained, “If my days ended tomorrow I would leave very satisfied in having achieved my wish, the wish was that dream: to sing a bolero.” Ferrer added, “In the past I was never allowed to sing boleros. They used to say my voice was no good for it. Not manly enough. But thanks to Buena Vista, a path cleared ahead of me, a little bird knocked on my door and I got where I was meant to be.” Three weeks before he was to complete the final recording for Mi Sueño, Ferrer died at the age of 78. While on his deathbed, he dictated a letter asking that his dream album be finished. With the high-quality demos of the songs that would make up the rest of the album, this became possible. In the confusion following Ferrer’s death these tapes were temporarily lost, causing a delay in the album’s completion. Eventually they were located and Ferrer’s dream album was realized. Recorded in Havana, Mi Sueño features a number of Cuba’s most accomplished musicians. The core backing group consists of Roberto Fonseca (piano), Manuel Galbán (guitar), Orlando “Cachaíto” López (bass), Ramses Rodríguez (drums), and Emilio del Monte (percussion). The late Buena Vista pianist Rubén González performs on one track (“Melodía del Río”), as does singer Omara Portuondo (“Quizás, Quizás”). Ferrer is also joined by trumpet player Manuel “Guajira” Mirabal on the song “Copla Guajira.” Ferrer’s most recent World Circuit / Nonesuch release was Buenos Hermanos (2003). Produced by Ry Cooder, it was the highly anticipated follow-up to Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer—which sold more than 1.5 million copies and topped the world music charts in countries around the world. The Grammy-nominated album won Ferrer the Best New Artist award at the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

The Buena Vista Social Club singer’s gorgeous final album is the fulfillment of his dream to record a set of sensual boleros. The Independent (UK) says it’s “as effortlessly engaging as you'd expect from a singer with the command of a Bennett or Sinatra.”

FormatRestrictions: 

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

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Ibrahim Ferrer, vocals (1-12)
Roberto Fonseca, piano (1, 2, 4-12)
Orlando “Cachaíto” López, bass (1-10, 12)
Ramses Rodrígeuz, drums (1, 2, 4-6, 8-10, 12)
Emilio del Monte, congas (1, 2, 4, 6), bongos (8), maracas (8), percussion (10),
Manuel Galbán, electric guitar (2-4, 10, 12), acoustic guitar (8, 10, 12)
Augusto Diago, violin (2, 8)
Ariel Sarduy, violin (2, 8)
José G. Marón, viola (2, 8)
Arelys Zaldívar, cello (2, 8)
Rubén González, piano (3)
Joachim Cooder, drums (3)
Roberto Garcia, bongos (3)
Alberto “Virgilio” Valdés, maracas (3, 4, 6, 12)
Chicoy, acoustic guitar (4)
Javier Zalbar, clarinets (6, 10)
Anres Coya, maracas (8)
Mirta Baptista, harp (8)
Amadito Valdés, timbales (9, 12)

PRODUCTION CREDITS

A World Circuit Production
Produced by Nick Gold & Roberto Fonseca, except track 3, produced by Ry Cooder in 1998
Musical Director: Roberto Fonseca
Recorded at Egrem Studios, Havana, by Jerry Boys and at Egrem Miramar Studios by Alaín Martínez & Orestes Aguila
Assistant Engineers: John Mallison, Sonny
Mixed by Jerry Boys, Livingston Studios, London
Mastered by Tom Leader & Jerry Boys, Livingston Studios, London
Production Supervision: Sara Daoud
Havana Administration: Zita M. Morriña “Toti”

Design by Julian House at Intro
Cover photograph by Youri Lenquette