Entertainment Weekly - 2/4/00, pp.68-9
"...sharp and energetic..." - Rating: B+
Dirty Linen - 4-5/00, p.64
"...a blend of veteran and contemporary Cuban musicians including many of the same players who were part of the Buena Vista project....DeMarcos' ability to place the classic styles of these players seamlessly into a contemporary context makes DISTINTO an artistic triumph..."
Afro-Cuban All Stars includes: Juan de Marcos Gonzalez (arranger, guitar, tres); Miguel "Anga" Diaz (arranger, congas); Ibrahim Ferrer (vocals); Braulio "Babin" Hernandez (tenor saxophone); Guajiro Mirabal (trumpet); Jesus "Aguaje" Ramos (trombone); Ruben Gonzalez (piano); Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez (bass); Amadito Valdes (timbales); Carlos Gonzalez (bongos).
Recorded at Egrem Studios, Havana, Cuba in March 1999. Include liner notes by Juan de Marcos.
Introduced into a completely different climate for Latin music compared to the Afro-Cuban All Stars' 1997 debut, Distinto Diferente undoubtedly benefits from the increased commercial and artistic attention given to Afro-Cuban music in the wake of the Buena Vista Social Club (which includes many of the same members). Leader Juan de Marcos Gonz lez gave Distinto Diferente a similar angle to Buena Vista, but concentrates more on the hot dance music Cuba's been known for since its 1930s and '40s boom for American vacationers. The two best-known members of Buena Vista Social Club, Ibrahim Ferrer and Rub‚n Gonz lez, also appear here. ~ Earl Simmons