183

Cándido & Graciela: Inolvidable

Javier AQ Ortiz By

Sign in to view read count
: Inolvidable In 1997, when Steve Turré released his self-titled production for Verve, Graciela Pérez interpreted José Antonio Méndez's bolero "Ayer lo vi llorar. At the time, I wondered why Graciela's yumminess wasn't featured more often as it was obvious there was plenty of feeling and interpretive capacity left in her vocal chords in spite of her advanced age. Seven years later, even at 88 years of age, she's still very sabrosa or swingly tasty, as evidenced in Chesky Records' standard laden Inolvidable.



Listening to Graciela interpreting Arsenio RodrÃ-guez's "La vida es un sueño, or "Life is a dream, is simply breathtaking. Accompanied by Manny Oquendo on bongos, who pretty much recorded every bolero album ever made by Tito RodrÃ-guez, and master violinist Federico Britos Ruiz, with Nelson González ...who's very well the most advanced tresero extant... in tow, Graciela devours "Amor ciego with its swinging hopeful languor. In "Desvelo, Xiomara Laugart and Graciela weave their way through the multigenred composition by noted author Rafael Hernández. By the time they get to the heated cha violin solo, with the tight and tasty montuno by pianist Sonny Bravo and the nasty flute of Eddie Perales, one realizes the agelessness of both repertoire and their interpreters.



On congas, Cándido Camero, who just celebrated his 83rd birthday, shares on the swinging seasonings alongside a New Yorker backboned recording in which just two of the musicians are not Big Apple veterans. For all of its cubanÃ-a, this recording is very much de los niuyores baby and don't you forget it... Andy González on bass and Cándido on skins, put that jazzy urban pulse to test in "Conga Jam, enveloping themselves in a tip-of-the-hat to Gillespie and Chano Pozo. "Cachita, one of the most aired songs in the world, rates high in the danceability factor. Britos on violin, and González on bass, laid it on rather heavy and the rest of the ensemble brings it to the next level as they should've. Oquendo, Cándido, Bravo and Perales are tight, the latter playing the shit out of them holes...



Perhaps I might not be the fairest judge of Inolvidable as the recording is very much old school, with terrific sound, featuring time tested compositions, interpreted by some of my favorite musicians from the earliest recesses of my memories. Just the way I like it! Go ye and judge by thyself... As Graciela says, "...¡qué se repita esta rumbita!



Contact: For more information, go to Chesky Records.


Track Listing: 1. Si tú supieras (Cornelio Reyna) 2. Cachita (Rafael Hernández & Bernardo Sancristóbal) 3. La vida es un sueño (Arsenio Rodr

Personnel: Graciela: Vocals. Cándido Camero: Congas. Sonny Bravo: Piano. Eddie Perales: Flute. Frederico Britos Ruiz: Violin. Andy González: Bass. Nelson González: Tres. Manny Oquendo: Percussion. Joseph González & Jorge Maldonado: Back-up vocals. Special Guest: Xiomara Laugart: Vocals (6,8,10).

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Chesky Records | Style: Latin/World


Shop

More Articles

Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Blues and Ballads" CD/LP/Track Review Blues and Ballads
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 2, 2016
Read "Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974" CD/LP/Track Review Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974
by Sacha O'Grady
Published: December 23, 2016
Read "Crop Circles" CD/LP/Track Review Crop Circles
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 16, 2017
Read "Seasons 1-4 Live" CD/LP/Track Review Seasons 1-4 Live
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: January 6, 2017
Read "Vocturnal" CD/LP/Track Review Vocturnal
by Budd Kopman
Published: June 16, 2016
Read "The Last Remaining Payphone in L.A." CD/LP/Track Review The Last Remaining Payphone in L.A.
by Paul Naser
Published: October 18, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!