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ABUC - Roberto Fonseca

Titel : ABUC

Artiest(en) : Roberto Fonseca

Genre : Latin-jazz, Cuba

Medium : CD

Jaar : 10-2016

Label : Impulse

€ 17,90


Het 2016 album ABUC (=Cuba achterom gespeld) van de Cubaanse pianist, componist, producer Roberto Fonseca is een staalkaart van deze alleskunner,. Met gasten als Trombone Shorty, Eliades Ochoa, Dayme Arocena, Zé Luis Nascimento, Rafael Lay (Orquesta Aragón) and Manuel `Guajiro’ Mirabal, among many others, with a collection of tracks that drinks deeply from bolero, danzón, cha-cha-cha, contradanza, descarga and hip-hop, all immersed in Roberto Fonseca’s jazz sensibilities.
Born in 1975 in Havana, Cuba, Roberto Fonseca has established himself over the last decade and a half as one of the most gifted — and most popular — pianists of his generation. After making his name with Ibrahim Ferrer in the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, and after his recent Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album, Roberto Fonseca has come to incarnate the meeting between jazz and the music of Cuba, both of today and yesterday, and also its African roots.
1. Cubano Chant
. Afro Mambo
Tumbao De La Unidad
4. Contradanza Del Espiritu
5. Tierra Santa
6. Sagrado Corazon
7. Family
8. Tierra Santa Santiago De Cuba
9. Habanera
10. Soul Guardians
11. Asere Monina Bonco
12. Despues
13. Velas Y Flores
14. Cubano Chant Solo Piano Version

Chocked full of goodies, listeners get the full force of Mr. Fonseca’s mastery from opening track “Cubano Chant” with its plummy percussion, sleek piano and some fabulous help from Trombone Shorty. ABUC is a feast of delights with the cleverly dated sections of “Afro Mamba” with vocals by Dayme Arocena and (ex-Manolito) Carlos Calunga, the dazzling guitar laced “Tumbao de la Unidad with the revered Eliades Ochoa and the sizzlingly sassy “Family” which is stylized in the way of the 70s group Los Zafiros.
Equally delightful is the dark thrum against ethereal vocals on “Habanera,” the hip-hop/reggaeton combo of “Soul Guardians” and charming bolero “Despues” with Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal on trumpet and Mr. Fonseca’s mother Mercedes Cortes Alfaro singing the vocals.
This Cuban powerhouse comes to music by way of his drummer father, Roberto Fonseca, Sr., singer mother, Mercedes Cortés Alfaro, and older half-brothers drummer Emilio Valdés and pianist Jesús “Chuchito Valdes, Jr. who are the sons of Ms. Cortés’s first marriage to pianist Jesús “Chucho” Valdes.