Buika [latin] - El Ultimo Trago (CD)

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    Categories
    WorldMusic
    Category
    1. Performer
    2. Jazz Instrument
    3. Latin
    Number of Discs
    1
    Number of Items
    1
    Title
    El Ultimo Trago
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    825646861477
    Country of Origin
    USA
    Label
    Warner Music
    Mono / Stereo
    Stereo
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    825646861477
    Previews
    Billboard (p.61) - "[T]ogether they create a smooth and potentially addictive musical cocktail."
    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Soledad
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Sombras
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] La Ciudades
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Cruz De Olvido
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] El Endariego
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] En El Ultimo Trago
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Se Me Hizo Facil
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Un Mundo Raro
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Las Simples Cosas
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Somos
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Luz De Luna
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Vamonos
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Soledad
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Sombras
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Las Ciudades
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Cruz De Olvido
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] El Andariego
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] En El Ultimo Trago
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Se Me Hizo Facil
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Un Mundo Raro
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Las Simples Cosas
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Somos
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Luz De Luna
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Vamonos
    Genre
    12
    Release Date
    2 October 2009
    Duration
    45m 27s
    Country
    Notes

    Personnel: Concha Buika (vocals).
    The pairing of Afro-Majorcan vocalist Concha Buika and Afro-Cuban pianist Chucho Vald‚s has apparently been a long time coming. But they are here together on this lovely recording, featuring songs from a wide variety of composers, in a handful of duets, or with the Vald‚s' band backing them. El Ultimo Trago -- translated as "The Last Drink" -- is as much a tribute to Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, a major influence on Buika. She's a passionate singer with a dusky, slightly raspy, thin, and gritty voice, but she sure can belt out a song like a great blues singer, or Cape Verdean contemporary C‚saria Evora. While coming from the land of flamenco, this music retains the son quality of Afro-Cuban music, in great part due to the professional expertise Vald‚s adds to the musical arrangements, not necessarily the lyric content. Those expressions come from a romantic context, telling tales of lessons in life sung in Spanish, mostly brief and to the point, made more elegant by the legendary pianist, who as usual can do no wrong. The consistency of these recordings from track to track reflects the romantic notions of these great musicians, from the slow, sultry cha-cha form of "Soledad" and "Sombras," to the light son "Cruz de Olvido" with the magnificent, regal, traditional-styled piano playing of Vald‚s, "Se Me Hizo Facil" where Buika's singing is at times exuberant, or the bolero type "Somos" with chiming chords from the pianist. The uptempo clave beat of "El Andariego" incites a more animated Buika and instills Vald‚s to jump into a montuno bridge, and a very lively "Luz de Luna" is pushed along by the skilled trumpet playing of Carlos Sarduy. Bassist Lazaro Rivero Alarc¢n, percussionist Yaroldy Abreu Robles, and drummer Juan Carlos Rojas Catro lay out on several selections, as Buika and Vald‚s go it alone for the passionate "Las Cuidades," the short, quaint, classic waltz "En El Ultimo Trago," the lilting "Las Simplas Cosas" that bears resemblance to the croon tune "Besame Mucho," or the delicate closer "Vamonos." Clearly a chemistry exists here, beautifully exotic, with Buika as the shining star to be discovered and fully illuminated, with Vald‚s as her colorful spotlight technician. It's unlikely you'll find a better pairing of an amazing singer and accompanist anywhere else, no matter the music type, but if you enjoy the classic Latin song performed with every ounce of emotion available, this recording will be impossible to resist. ~ Michael G. Nastos

    Distributor
    WEA (Distributor)
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Video Disabled
    0
    Performer
    Chucho Vald‚s/Concha Buika
    Artists
    1. Buika
    Date Released
    2010-07-01 00:00:00

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