Music Library Review of the Week

Music Library Review of the Week

Thursday 8/1, 2:15pm

Album: A Journey Through Cuban Music | Artist: Aymee Nuviola | Genre: Latin | Label: Top Stop Music

Cuban-born singer Aymee Nuviola, now living in Miami, has the goods--a 2018 Latin Grammy and the honor of playing legendary Celia Cruz in the telenova Celia. On her latest release, she also has the help of Cuban music legends Omara Portuondo, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chucho Valdes, and many more as she covers many of the standards from her home country on a disc that compares favorably to the many Buena Vista Social Club recordings. If you've ever heard any classic Cuban music, melodies such as "Chan Chan" (#1) and "El Manisero" (#7) will be familiar. Sadly, this promo disc does not contain any liner notes indicating which musicians played on which tracks, who wrote the songs, the style of Cuban music they illustrate, or from where they originate geographically (there is an accompanying documentary, apparently, that covers this material). Without that background, the uninitiated can just soak up the music, which is pretty great throughout, though perhaps solid rather than jaw-dropping spectacular. If you prefer up-beat dance music "Chan Chan" (#1), "Dale Tumba" (#3), and "Yo Soy El unto Cubano" (#13) fill the bill. "Donde Estabas Anoche" (#4) is a slower ballad, "Tres Palabras" (#5) is a mid-tempo number, and "El Manisero" (#7) is a slinky strut. The track that will blow your hair back is "La Caminadora" (#9) that opens with some kind of reed instrument that sounds like a bagpipe accompanied by jungle drumming that provides an irresistible call to the dance floor. This is a journey from which you may want to never come back. - Paul Borelli (Bangers & Mush)