Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer

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Anyone who has spent the past couple of years under the spell of the Buena Vista Social Club has probably wished for a solo release from Ibrahim Ferrer, the vocalist from that pathbreaking effort. After years of backup singing for the likes of Beny Mor?, Ferrer's time in the global spotlight has finally (and deservedly) arrived. Supported by many of the same players featured on 1997's Buena Vista Social Club, he cruises through an impressive array of island dance styles (guajiras, sons, boleros) with little apparent effort, but with passion galore. Ferrer's voice has the faded yet sumptuous coloration of the abandoned mansions of Havana. To hear his weathered pipes mated with producer Ry Cooder's tremoloed guitar is to know bliss, simply put. In fact, Ferrer's torchy performance on 'Herido de Sombras' ('A Broken Shadow'), with its delectable violins and Cooder twanging like Duane Eddy, is the centerpiece of what might be the ultimate premillennial make-out music. World Circuit/Nonesuch 79532-2. FromEscape(November, 1999.) Subscriptions: $18/yr. (4 issues) from Box 462255, Escondido, CA 92046.