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Island Music from Cuba

By The Skipper:

Just finished my lunch, listening to the replay of today's Island Music program on KFSK Petersburg.  Two hours rich in brass.  Featuring Cuban artists Desi Arnaz, Cubanismo, Lena Ferrer and more. 


Looking for material beyond Hawaiian music I began looking at the Carribean.  Jamaica, Haiti, Dominica and of course, Cuba.  I remembered Desi Arnaz from the I love Lucy show like everyone else of my generation, and knew that he had been a band leader.  Remembering that he had performed Babalu on an episode of the Lucy Show, I started digging.  I was delighted at what I found! Arnaz's Cuban big band sound blew me away! Amanda Lane's vocal performance on Cuban Pete is icing on the cake.

I love the trumpet and there is plenty of brass in both Arnaz and Cubanismo.  Cubanismo makes big sound with a smaller ensemble but does not sacrifice a note.  I am really digging the rich latin sounds and especially trumpeter/band leader Jesús Alemañy

The program finises off with a collection of smaller ensembles and solos from Jose Conde, Lena and Rene' Ferrer (Lena Ferrer's "Ay Mi Vidita" is a catchy, upbeat piece), Ramone Cordero and others from the Cafe Cubano collection.

Time now for a beer and a cigar

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