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Introducing-- Rubén González
González, Rubén, 1919-2003, performer.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : World Circuit/Nonesuch, [1997]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Cuban dance music, including sones.

Title from container spine.

Compact disc.

Program notes by Nigel Williamson and autobiographical notes from an interview with the pianist by Lucy Duran ([24] p. : ill.) included.
La engañadora : cha cha cha / Enrique Jorrín -- Cumbanchero : guaracha / Rafael Canchola Hernández -- Tres lindas Cubanas : danzón / Guillermo Castillo -- Melodía del río : bolero / Rubén González -- Mandinga : guaracha/son / Rodríguez Fiffe -- Siboney : canción/afro / Ernesto Lecuona -- Almendra : danzón / Abelardito Valdés -- Tumbao : son montuno/tumbao / Rubén González -- Como siento yo : canción / Rubén González.
Format :
Music CD


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Central Library FOLKLATA .G643 I Compact Disc Central Library
Central Library FOLKLATA .G643 I Compact Disc Central Library

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The most jazz-oriented of the elderly musicians in the Buena Vista Social Club, pianist Rubén González was 77 at the time of this CD, his debut as a leader. Although he did not even own his own piano at the time, he plays brilliantly, performing a variety of traditional melodies plus two originals, often quoting other songs and really stretching himself. His chord voicings are distinctive and very inviting, his control of the piano is quite impressive, and the music sings its heart out. The CD was recorded spontaneously over a two-day period with González mostly being the lead voice, assisted by trumpeter Manuel Mirabal (who has some fine solos), bassist Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez, several percussionists, and occasionally three background singers. This set is impossible not to love. ~ Scott Yanow

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