Artist: Ry Cooder

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Album:Mambo Sinuendo

Mambo Sinuendo

Ry Cooder, Manuel Galbán

If there’s a certain instant familiarity to this collaborative celebration between U.S. guitar icon/musicologist Ry Cooder and Cuban fret legend Manuel Galbán, it’s only testimony to how deeply the island nation’s rich musical heritage permeated American pop music in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and beyond. Cooder and Galbán (a key compatriot in the American guitarist’s Buena Vista Social Club project) invent a back-to-the-future sound—twin guitars fronting a Cuban rhythm section of two drum kits, congas, and bass—whose dreamy swing quotient is matched only by its…

Album:Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club

Ry Cooder, Various Artists

Ry Cooder’s name has helped bring attention to this session, but it’s the veteran Cuban son musicians who make this album really special. Reminiscent of Ellington in its scope and sense of hushed romanticism, Buena Vista Social Club is that rare meld of quietude and intensity; while the players sound laid-back, they’re putting forth very alive music, a reminder that aging doesn’t mean taking to bed. Barbarito Torres’s laoud solo on “El Cuarto de Tula” is both more blinding and more tasteful than any guitar showcase on any recent rock album; a…

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