Mambo Sinuendo, Ry Cooders collaboration with Cuban guitar legend Manuel Galbán, hearkens back to a point in the late 1950s when Cuban popular music began to hint at a fusion of American pop-jazz and the futuristic creations of modern Cuban composers (like Perez Prado). Borne along by the mid-century mambo and cha-cha-cha crazes, the hot sounds of mambo-jazz spread out into American popular culturePerez Prado was Vegas-bound; Stan Kenton hit the road with his "Cuban Fire" orchestra; Henry Mancini scored Touch of Evil à la Prado; and Duane Eddy had a Top 10 hit with the mambo-esque "Theme from Peter Gunn."
But nowhere can there be found a more perfect representation of this style than in the recordings of the Havana doo-wop quartet Los Zafiros, still after decades, the most popular Cuban vocal group of all time. As Los Zafiros's guitarist and arranger, Manuel Galbán pioneered a tough, rocking guitar style that is considered by Cuban musicians to be unique in their music. Mambo Sinuendo reintroduces Manuel Galbánpianist, organist, and guitarist extraordinaire.
Says Cooder, "Galbán and I felt that there was a sound that had not been exploreda Cuban electric-guitar band that could reinterpret the atmosphere of the 1950s with beauty, agility, and simplicity. We decided on two electrics, two drum sets, congas and bass: a sexteto that could swing like a big band and penetrate the mysteries of the classic tunes. This music is powerful, lyrical, and funnywhat more could you ask? Mambo Sinuendo is Cuban soul and high-performance twang."
For Mambo Sinuendo, Cooder has enlisted the bassist for all the Buena Vista Social Club sessions, Orlando Cachaíto López. The percussionists include longtime collaborator Jim Keltner; Cooder's son, Joachim Cooder, another Buena Vista veteran; and the conga master Miguel Angá Díaz.
• Double LP
• Gatefold jacket
• Etched D-side
Manuel Galbán, guitar (1-12)
Ry Cooder, guitar (1-12), steel guitar (1, 8), trés (2), vibes (3), electric piano (4, 7), organ (6), electric bass (6)
Jim Keltner, drums (1-5, 7, 11)
Joachim Cooder, drums (1, 4-8, 12)
Miguel Angá Díaz, congas (1-5, 7, 8, 12)
Orlando Cachaíto López, bass (1-12)
Juliette Commagere, Carla Commagere, coro (2, 6)
Gregorio Hernández Rios Goyo, Maximino Duquesne Martínez, Marcos H. Scull, Yosvani Díaz, bata drums (3)
1. Drume Negrita
2. Monte Adentro
3. Los Twangueros
1. Caballo Viejo
2. Mambo Sinuendo
3. Bodas De Oro
4. Echale Salsita
1. La Luna En Tu Mirada
2. Secret Love
3. Bolero Sonambulo
4. Maria La O