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Tíbiri Tábara

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    Formed in Havana in the late 1970s, Sierra Maestra is arguably Cuba’s finest nine-piece son band. It was the first modern group to play with the classic son line-up of the 1920s and '30s, which features tres, guitar, trumpet, bongos, güiro, maracas, clave, and vocals.

    With Tíbiri Tábara, Sierra Maestra celebrates its 21st anniversary. Recorded in London in 1997, this collection of songs from the son tradition employs the classic son line-up, augmented on some tracks by piano and trumpet section. The nine-piece group’s four lead vocalists cover a repertoire ranging from 19th-century traditional changí and son, through earthy guarjira, up-tempo big band guaracha and sucu-sucu, powerful son-montuno and riffing descarga style Afro-Cuban jazz.

    Together for over 20 years, Sierra Maestra’s experience shows in the subtle dynamics, shifts of gear, and uncannily tight "breaks" in their music. The group is joined on Tíbiri Tábara by maestro Orlando "Cachaíto" Lopez on double bass and the young Portuguese pianist Bernardo Sassetti. Tíbiri Tábara also features tresero and musical arranger Juan de Marcos González, also known for his work on the Grammy-winning Buena Vista Social Club recording and as musical director of the Afro-Cuban All Star’s Grammy-nominated debut A Toda Cuba le Gusta.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Alejandro Suárez, musical director, cata, claves
    Eduardo Himley, musical production, bass, guitar, marímbula
    Juan de Marcos González, tres, lead vocals (10), vocals
    Carlos González, bongos, congas
    Bábaro Teuntor García, trumpet, lead vocals (8), vocals
    Carlos Puisseaux, guiro
    Alberto ‘Virgilio’ Valdés, lead vocals (2, 5), maracas
    José Antonio ‘Maceo’ Rodríguez, lead vocals (3, 4, 7, 9), vocals, guitar
    Luis Barzaga, lead vocals (1, 6), vocals, claves

    Additional Musicians:
    Orlando ‘Cachaíto’ López, double bass
    Bernardo Sassetti, piano

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Musical production: Eduardo Himley
    Recorded and mixed by Jerry Boys at Livingston Studios, London July 1997
    Mastered by Steve Shin at Whitfield Street Studios

    Design by Cog Design Ltd.

    Format availability

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

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Release Date: 
Friday, May 22, 1998 (All day)
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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79497

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Friday, May 1, 1998 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Sierra Maestra
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UPC: 
075597949728BUN
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CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597949766
Price: 
10.00
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MP3
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Formed in Havana in the late 1970s, Sierra Maestra is arguably Cuba’s finest nine-piece son band. It was the first modern group to play with the classic son line-up of the 1920s and '30s, which features tres, guitar, trumpet, bongos, güiro, maracas, clave, and vocals.

With Tíbiri Tábara, Sierra Maestra celebrates its 21st anniversary. Recorded in London in 1997, this collection of songs from the son tradition employs the classic son line-up, augmented on some tracks by piano and trumpet section. The nine-piece group’s four lead vocalists cover a repertoire ranging from 19th-century traditional changí and son, through earthy guarjira, up-tempo big band guaracha and sucu-sucu, powerful son-montuno and riffing descarga style Afro-Cuban jazz.

Together for over 20 years, Sierra Maestra’s experience shows in the subtle dynamics, shifts of gear, and uncannily tight "breaks" in their music. The group is joined on Tíbiri Tábara by maestro Orlando "Cachaíto" Lopez on double bass and the young Portuguese pianist Bernardo Sassetti. Tíbiri Tábara also features tresero and musical arranger Juan de Marcos González, also known for his work on the Grammy-winning Buena Vista Social Club recording and as musical director of the Afro-Cuban All Star’s Grammy-nominated debut A Toda Cuba le Gusta.

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With Tíbiri Tábara, Sierra Maestra, arguably Cuba’s finest nine-piece son band, celebrates its 21st anniversary. Recorded in 1997, this collection of songs from the son tradition employs the classic son line-up, augmented on some tracks by piano and trumpet section. The group covers a repertoire ranging from 19th-century traditional changí and son, through earthy guarjira, up-tempo big band guaracha and sucu-sucu, powerful son-montuno and riffing descarga style Afro-Cuban jazz.

FormatRestrictions: 

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

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Alejandro Suárez, musical director, cata, claves
Eduardo Himley, musical production, bass, guitar, marímbula
Juan de Marcos González, tres, lead vocals (10), vocals
Carlos González, bongos, congas
Bábaro Teuntor García, trumpet, lead vocals (8), vocals
Carlos Puisseaux, guiro
Alberto ‘Virgilio’ Valdés, lead vocals (2, 5), maracas
José Antonio ‘Maceo’ Rodríguez, lead vocals (3, 4, 7, 9), vocals, guitar
Luis Barzaga, lead vocals (1, 6), vocals, claves

Additional Musicians:
Orlando ‘Cachaíto’ López, double bass
Bernardo Sassetti, piano

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Musical production: Eduardo Himley
Recorded and mixed by Jerry Boys at Livingston Studios, London July 1997
Mastered by Steve Shin at Whitfield Street Studios

Design by Cog Design Ltd.