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Ry Cooder, Manuel Galbán
Mambo Sinuendo | 2018 Reissue


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The album hearkens back to a point in the late 1950s when Cuban popular music began to hint at a fusion of American pop-jazz and the futuristic creations of modern Cuban composers (like Perez Prado). Borne along by the mid-century mambo and cha-cha-cha crazes, the hot sounds of mambo-jazz spread out into American popular culture—Perez Prado was Vegas-bound; Stan Kenton hit the road with his "Cuban Fire" orchestra; Henry Mancini scored Touch of Evil à la Prado; and Duane Eddy had a Top 10 hit with the mambo-esque "Theme from Peter Gunn."

But nowhere can there be found a more perfect representation of this style than in the recordings of the Havana doo-wop quartet Los Zafiros. As Los Zafiros's guitarist and arranger, Manuel Galbán pioneered a tough, rocking guitar style that is considered by Cuban musicians to be unique in their music. Mambo Sinuendo reintroduced Manuel Galbán—pianist, organist, and guitarist extraordinaire.

"Galbán and I felt that there was a sound that had not been explored," said Cooder, "a Cuban electric-guitar band that could reinterpret the atmosphere of the 1950s with beauty, agility, and simplicity. We decided on two electrics, two drum sets, congas and bass: a sexteto that could swing like a big band and penetrate the mysteries of the classic tunes. This music is powerful, lyrical, and funny—what more could you ask? Mambo Sinuendo is Cuban soul and high-performance twang." - Nonesuch

Label: Nonesuch – 573095-1, Perro Verde – 573095-1

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, 180 gr Vinyl, LP, Single Sided, Etched, 180 gr, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue

Country: US

Released: Dec 2018

Genre: Jazz, Latin, Folk, World, & Country