Afro-Cuban All Stars
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This Cuban big band was specially assembled by Juan de Marcos González of Sierra Maestra to participate in a two-week recording session at Egrem studios, Havana, in March 1996. The line-up spanned three generations of Cuban musicians, from 80-year-old flute player Richard Egües, to 14-year-old percussionist Julienne Oviedo Sanchez. A Toda Cuba Le Gusta (All Of Cuba Loves It) was recorded in the first six days of the session, following which the debut album by Rubén González (the All Stars 77-year-old pianist) and Ry Cooders Buena Vista Social Club were both also completed. Cooder added stinging blues guitar to Alta Songo, one of the stand-out tracks on A Toda Cuba Le Gusta. Other non-Cuban elements included a baroque classical piano solo within a son (i.e., Cuban song style) arrangement on Clasiqueando Con Ruben, and the closing Elube Chango, which was sung in the Yoruba language of Nigeria....