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Review, 4/00

Press Release on US Tour

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Jes˙s Alema˝y’s sizzling Cuban dance band
íCubanismo!

"The leader of íCubanismo!, Jes˙s Alema˝y, was a trumpeter for Sierra Maestra, one of Cuba’s leading son groups, from the age of 15. Now residing in London, Jes˙s immerses the listener in sweet dance sessions full of swaggering horn charts and wild polyrhythms that recall the vintage big-band son sound. The orchestra is filled with the likes of Irakere veteran flutist Orlando "Maracas" Valle; saxophonist Yosvany Terry from Los Terry, his family’s Afro-Cuban group; the great Cuban bassist Carlos del Puerto; and tres player Pancho Amat. The all-star percussion lineup boasts the venerable "Tata" GŘines and Roberto Vizcaino on tumbadoras (conga drums), and the always inventive timbalero Emilio del Monte.

Jes˙s Alema˝y’s íCUBANISMO! began as a recording project for Rykodisc’s Hannibal label. The album was recorded in Havana with British producer Joe Boyd in May of 1995. Breaking sales records in Europe and the US, íCubanismo! became one of the Latin crossover albums of 1996, and made the Top Ten lists of Billboard, Latin Beat and Afropop Woldwide. Last year, Alema˝y reassembled the band and recorded their second album Malembe, also on Rykodisc’s Hannibal label."

See Jesus' web site: www.jesusalemany.com/home.htm

From a press release:

Jes˙s Alema˝y’s sizzling Cuban dance band

íCubanismo!

íCubanismo! is a journey to the dancing heart of Latin music. A 15-piece orchestra of Cuban all-stars showcases the bright tropical blasts of Cuba’s hottest dance music. Led by Jes˙s Alema˝y, the brilliant young trumpeter formerly of Sierra Maestra, the band features famed conguero "Tata" GŘines and several stars from leading Cuban dance bands including Irakere and others. Together, they punch out an irresistible blend of freewheeling dance tunes, traditional rumba, cha-cha, son, and lesser known danzon and pa’ca rhythms, composed by various members of Alema˝y’s band and arranged in the descarga (jam) tradition developed by Cuban jazz players of the ‘40s.

The expression cubanismo designates something specifically Cuban, or unique to the island and not common to the general Spanish culture of Latin America. Utterly different from the genre known as Latin jazz, íCUBANISMO! features danceable music from beginning to end, celebrating the legacy of Cuban music in other dance styles from around the world. The Cuban son, which dates back to the turn of the century, is the root of much of the up-tempo international pop music, from African soukous to New York salsa.

The leader of íCubanismo!, Jes˙s Alema˝y, was a trumpeter for Sierra Maestra, one of Cuba’s leading son groups, from the age of 15. Now residing in London, Jes˙s immerses the listener in sweet dance sessions full of swaggering horn charts and wild polyrhythms that recall the vintage big-band son sound. The orchestra is filled with the likes of Irakere veteran flutist Orlando "Maracas" Valle; saxophonist Yosvany Terry from Los Terry, his family’s Afro-Cuban group; the great Cuban bassist Carlos del Puerto; and tres player Pancho Amat. The all-star percussion lineup boasts the venerable "Tata" GŘines and Roberto Vizcaino on tumbadoras (conga drums), and the always inventive timbalero Emilio del Monte.

Jes˙s Alema˝y’s íCUBANISMO! began as a recording project for Rykodisc’s Hannibal label. The album was recorded in Havana with British producer Joe Boyd in May of 1995. Breaking sales records in Europe and the US, íCubanismo! became one of the Latin crossover albums of 1996, and made the Top Ten lists of Billboard, Latin Beat and Afropop Woldwide. Last year, Alema˝y reassembled the band and recorded their second album Malembe, also on Rykodisc’s Hannibal label.

-- press release courtesy World Music, Boston

Schedule (updated 1/04)

04/02/04

Falls Church, VA

State Theatre

04/03/04

Potsdam, NY

SUNY/Potsdam

04/04/04

Uncasville, CT

Mohegan Sun Casino

04/06/04

New York, NY

Blue Note

04/07/04

New York, NY

Blue Note

04/08/04

New York, NY

Blue Note

04/09/04

New York, NY

Blue Note

04/10/04

New York, NY

Blue Note

04/11/04

New York, NY

Blue Note

04/13/04

Schenectady, NY

Proctor's Theatre

04/14/04

Boston, MA

Sculler's

04/17/04

Springfield, IL

University Of Illinois

04/22/04

New Orleans, LA

House Of Blues

04/24/04

Houston, TX

International Festival

05/01/04

Grand Junction, CO

Mesa Theatre & Club

05/03/04

Durango, CO

Fort Lewis College

05/04/04

Fort Collins, CO

Lincoln Center

05/07/04

Berkeley, CA

University Of California

05/08/04

Carmel, CA

Sunset Cultural Center

05/11/04

Arcata, CA

Humboldt St. University

05/12/04

Santa Rosa, CA

Luther Burbank Center

05/13/04

Santa Barbara, CA

University Of California

05/14/04

Escondido, CA

California Center For The Arts

05/15/04

Los Angeles, CA

UCLA

05/16/04

Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale Ctr. For Arts

2003

6/01/03 

San Juan, PR

Heineken Blues Festival  

6/21/03 

London, UK

Hampton Court  

6/28/03 

Calgary, AB

Jazz Festival  

6/29/03 

Edmonton, AB

Jazz City International Music Fest.  

8/08/03 

Santa Cruz, CA

Kuumbwa Jazz Center  

8/09/03 

San Jose, CA

San Jose Jazz Festival  

8/10/03 

San Francisco, CA

Stern Grove  

8/12/03 

Roseburg, OR

Stewart Park  

8/13/03 

Portland, OR

Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre  

8/14/03 

Albany, OR

Monteith Riverpark  

8/15/03 

Seattle, WA

Showbox  

8/16/03 

Bend, OR

Les Schwab Amphitheater  

8/18/03 

Denver, CO

Botanic Gardens Amph.  

8/19/03 

Boulder, CO

Chautauqua Amph.  

8/23/03 

Chicago, IL

"Viva Chicago" Latin Music Festival  

8/25/03 

Camden, NJ

Wiggins Park  

8/26/03 -
8/31/03

New York, NY

Blue Note  

9/04/03 

Grand Rapids, MI

Frederik Meijer Gardens  

9/07/03 

Uncasville, CT

Mohegan Sun Casino  


2002

03/26/02

Mobile, AL

Saenger Theatre

03/27/02

Lafayette, LA

Grant Street Dance Hall

03/29/02

New Orleans, LA

House Of Blues

03/30/02

Atlanta, GA

Variety Playhouse

04/02/02

Champaign, IL

High Dive

04/03/02

Chicago, IL

Park West

04/05/02

Marquette, MI

Kaufman Auditorium

04/06/02

Houghton, MI

Rosza Performance Arts Center

04/08/02

Ann Arbor, MI

The Ark

04/10/02

New York, NY

B.B. King's Blues Club

04/11/02

Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth Music Hall

04/12/02

Washington, DC

9:30 Club

04/13/02

Staten Island, NY

College Of Staten Island

04/14/02

Uncasville, CT

Mohegan Sun Casino

04/17/02

Laramie, WY

University Of Wyoming

04/18/02

Boulder, CO

Boulder Theater

04/19/02

Grand Junction, CO

Mesa Theatre & Club

04/20/02

Durango, CO

Fort Lewis College

04/21/02

Copper Mountain, CO

Copper Mountain Resort

04/23/02

Salt Lake City, UT

Zephyr Club

04/25/02

Vancouver, BC

Commodore Ballroom

04/26/02

Seattle, WA

Showbox

04/27/02

Portland, OR

Crystal Ballroom

04/28/02

Eugene, OR

University Of Oregon

04/29/02

Bend, OR

Midtown Rock Rink & Roll

05/01/02

Petaluma, CA

Mystic Theatre

05/02/02

Santa Cruz, CA

Cocoanut Grove Ballroom

05/03/02

Davis, CA

University Of California

05/04/02

San Francisco, CA

The Fillmore

05/05/02

Solana Beach, CA

Belly Up Tavern

05/07/02

West Hollywood, CA

Conga Room

 

2000

11/04/00 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues
11/05/0

Solana Beach, CA

Belly Up Tavern
 
09/09/00 San Diego, CA San Diego Street Scene
09/10/00 West Hollywood, CA Conga Room
09/11/00 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theatre
09/14/00 Kahului, HI Maui Arts & Cultural Ctr.
09/15/00 Pearl City, HI Leeward Comm. College
09/16/00 Laie, HI Brigham Young Univ.
09/18/00 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
09/19/00 Victoria, BC Royal Theatre
09/21/00 Kodiak, AK Kodiak Auditorium
09/22/00 Fairbanks, AK Hering Auditorium
09/23/00 Anchorage, AK Alaska Ctr. For Perf. Arts
09/26/00 New York, NY Irving Plaza
09/27/00 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
09/28/00 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
09/29/00 Montreal, QC Metropolis
09/30/00 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium
10/01/00 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino
10/05/00 Durham, NC Duke University
10/07/00 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
10/08/00 Hendersonville, NC Mountain Oasis Music Festival
10/10/00 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark
10/11/00 Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre
10/12/00 Wausau, WI Grand Theatre
10/13/00 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
10/14/00 Chicago, IL Park West
10/15/00 St. Louis, MO The Firehouse
10/20/00 Jackson, MS Highland Village
10/21/00 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
10/25/00 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
10/28/00 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
10/29/00 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
11/03/00 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre
11/04/00 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues
11/05/0

Solana Beach, CA

Belly Up Tavern

updated 4/14/00
Contact venue for details

Date Place Venue
04/14/00 Morristown, NJ Community Theatre
04/15/00 Portsmouth, NH Portsmouth Music Hall
04/16/00 Boston, MA The Roxy
04/17/00 Winooski, VT Higher Ground
04/19/00 Northampton, MA Pearl Street
04/20/00 New York, NY Irving Plaza
04/21/00 Atlantic City, NJ Resorts International
04/22/00 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
04/24/00 Vienna, VA Barns Of Wolf Trap
04/25/00 Vienna, VA Barns Of Wolf Trap
04/27/00 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
04/28/00 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
04/29/00 Dallas, TX McFarlin Auditorium
04/30/00 Lafayette, LA Festival International
05/03/00 Louisville, KY Kentucky Center
05/05/00 Richmond, VA Nina F. Abady Festival Park
05/06/00 Charlottesville, VA private
09/22/00 Fairbanks, AK Hering Auditorium
09/23/00 Anchorage, AK Alaska Center For Performing Arts
09/28/00 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
10/01/00 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino
10/06/00 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech
10/12/00 Wausau, WI Grand Theatre

Check out http://www.rosebudus.com for updates.

updated 2/20/00

Date City State Location
03/10/00 Boulder CO Fox Theatre
03/11/00 Englewood CO Gothic Theatre
03/12/00 Durango CO Fort Lewis College
03/14/00 Las Cruces NM New Mexico St. Univ.
03/15/00 Tucson AZ Rialto
03/17/00 Los Angeles CA UCLA
03/18/00 Escondido CA California Center
03/19/00 Palm Springs CA Muriels' Supper Club
03/21/00 Sacramento CA Harlow's
03/22/00 Santa Cruz CA Palookaville
03/23/00 Santa Rosa CA Luther Burbank Center
03/24/00 San Francisco CA Fillmore
03/25/00 San Francisco CA Fillmore
03/26/00 Arcata CA Humboldt St. University
03/29/00 Eugene OR Wild Duck
03/30/00 Portland OR Crystal Ballroom
03/31/00 Seattle WA Show Box
04/01/00 Bellingham WA Mount Baker Theatre
04/03/00 Bozeman MT Cat's Paw
04/04/00 Missoula MT University Of Montana
04/05/00 Billings MT Alberta Bair Theater
04/07/00 Minneapolis MN First Avenue
04/08/00 Milwaukee WI Alverno College
04/10/00 Ann Arbor MI Ark
04/12/00 Cincinnati OH Bogart's
04/13/00 Huntington WV Marshall University
04/14/00 Morristown NJ Community Theatre
04/15/00 Portsmouth NH Portsmouth Music Hall
04/16/00 Boston MA Roxy
04/19/00 Northampton MA Pearl Street
04/20/00 New York NY Irving Plaza
04/21/00 Atlantic City NJ Resorts International
04/22/00 Philadelphia PA Theatre Of Living Arts
04/24/00 Vienna VA Barns Of Wolf Trap
04/25/00 Vienna VA Barns Of Wolf Trap
04/27/00 New Orleans LA House Of Blues
04/28/00 Austin TX La Zona Rosa
04/29/00 Dallas TX McFarlin Auditorium
04/30/00 Lafayette LA Festival International
05/03/00 Louisville KY Kentucky Center
05/06/00 Charlottesville VA Private Function
09/22/00 Fairbanks AK Hering Auditorium
09/23/00 Anchorage AK Alaska Ctr. For Perf. Arts
10/01/00 Uncasville CT Wolf Den

Check out http://www.rosebudus.com for updates.

Schedule as of 7/2/99

Date

City

State

Place

07/02/99

Montreal

QC

Jazz Festival

07/03/99

Sag Harbor

NY

Sugar Reef

07/06/99

Washington

DC

Kennedy Center

07/08/99

Pomona

NJ

Stockton State College

07/09/99

Brooklyn

NY

Celebrate Brooklyn

07/10/99

Uncasville

CT

Wolf Den

07/11/99

Baltimore

MD

Artscape

07/12/99

Albany

NY

Washington Park

07/15/99

Snowmass

CO

Fanny Hill

07/16/99

Kansas City

MO

Blues & Jazz Festival

07/17/99

Denver

CO

LoDo Festival

07/18/99

Salt Lake City

UT

Red Butte Garden

07/21/99

Reno

NV

To Be Announced

07/22/99

San Jose

CA

Usual

07/23/99

Los Angeles

CA

Watercourt

07/24/99

Las Vegas

NV

House Of Blues

07/27/99

Roseburg

OR

Music On The Half Shell

07/28/99

Portland

OR

Wash. Park Zoo Amph.

07/29/99

Albany

OR

River Rhythms

07/30/99

Redmond

WA

WOMAD USA Festival

07/31/99

Redmond

WA

WOMAD USA Festival

12/31/99

Lake Buena Vista

FL

Disney World

03/18/00

Escondido

CA

California Center

03/26/00

Arcata

CA

Humboldt St. University

04/04/00

Missoula

MT

University Of Montana

04/05/00

Billings

MT

Alberta Bair Theater

04/08/00

Milwaukee

WI

Alverno College

04/14/00

Morristown

NJ

Community Theatre

04/15/00

Portsmouth

NH

Portsmouth Music Hall

04/29/00

Dallas

TX

McFarlin Auditorium

Schedule for 1998-99 US tour (updated 4/16)

Date City State Location
04/16/99 Ann Arbor MI Michigan Theater
04/17/99 Cleveland OH Tri-C Jazz Festival
04/18/99 Lexington KY Grand Ballroom
04/20/99 St. Paul MN Ordway Music Theatre
04/21/99 St. Paul MN Ordway Music Theatre
04/22/99 Whitewater WI Young Auditorium
04/23/99 West Des Moines IA Val Air Ballroom
04/24/99 St. Paul MN "Prairie Home Comp."
04/25/99 Berwyn IL FitzGerald's
04/27/99 Lawrence KS Granada Theatre
04/29/99 Austin TX La Zona Rosa
04/30/99 New Orleans LA La Noche Latina
05/01/99 West Palm Beach FL SunFest
05/02/99 Atlanta GA Music Midtown Festival
06/12/99 Kettering OH Fraze Pavilion
06/13/99 Wilmington DE Jazz Festival
06/18/99 Columbus OH Music In The Air
06/19/99 Indianapolis IN Indy Jazz Fest
06/20/99 Boston MA Boston Globe Jazz Fest.
07/01/99 Winooski VT Higher Ground
07/08/99 Pomona NJ Stockton State College
07/09/99 Brooklyn NY Celebrate Brooklyn
07/10/99 Uncasville CT Wolf Den
07/11/99 Baltimore MD Artscape
07/12/99 Albany NY Washington Park
07/15/99 Snowmass CO Fanny Hill
07/16/99 Kansas City MO Blues & Jazz Festival
07/17/99 Denver CO LoDo Festival
07/21/99 Reno NV  
07/23/99 Los Angeles CA California Plaza
07/27/99 Roseburg OR Music On The Half Shell
07/28/99 Portland OR Wash. Park Zoo Amph.
07/29/99 Albany OR River Rhythms
07/30/99 Seattle WA WOMAD USA Festival
07/31/99 Seattle WA WOMAD USA Festival
03/18/00 Escondido CA California Center


Schedule for end of US tour, 1998

Date Location Venue Phone
06/19/98 San Francisco, CA Fillmore 212 496-9000
06/20/98 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 703 255-1950
06/21/98 Jacksonville, OR Britt Festival
06/22/98 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre
06/24/98 Columbus, OH Weigel Hall
06/25/98 Chicago, IL Hot Head
06/26/98 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
06/27/98 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap Filene Ctr

Discography

 cubanismo.gif (5101 bytes) Cubanismo!


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Malembe
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Original Release Date: 1997 
1. Mulence
2. Salsa Pilon  [MPEG]  [High Quality MPEG]
3. Montuno Alegre
4. El Pregunton  [MPEG]  [High Quality MPEG]
5. Now In Marianao
6. Cubanismo Llego  [MPEG]  [High Quality MPEG]
7. Danzon 'Daulena'
8. Mar Y Tierra
9. Malembe
Label: HANNIBAL/CARTHAGE

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VA-Cuba-I Am Time : Cuba-I Am Time - 4 album set

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Date: 07/29/97
Producer: Jack O'Neil
Label: BLUE JACKEL
Genre: International
Number of Discs: 4
Mono/Stereo: Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Category: Cuban
CUBA: I AM TIME consists of 4 separate discs labeled CUBAN INVOCATIONS, CANTAR EN CUBA, BAILAR EN CUBA and CUBANO JAZZ. Many of these selections are from rare and out-of-print albums taken from the private collection of Alan Boss and the archives of Egrem, Cuba's state-run record label. Included is an illustrated 112-page booklet consisting of notes, interviews and track-by-track annotations.

Digitally remastered by Gene Paul.

CUBA: I AM TIME was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Recording Package - Boxed and for Best Historical Album.

 

Disc 1

01.  El Sinsonte - Pancho Quinto Y Su Grupo Anag7
02.  Obatala - Merceditas valdes
03.  La Voz Del Congo - Clave y Guaguanco
04.  Chach - Los Munequitos De Matanzas
05.  Yemaya - Conjunto Folklorico Nacional De Cuba
06.  Papa Aggun - Celeste Mendoza Y Los Papines
07.  Santa Barbara (Que Viva Chango!) - Celina Gonzalez


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8.  Con Su Pin, Pin, Pin - Comparsa San Agustin
09.  Bata Rhythm - Various Artists
10.  Osain - Merceditas Valdes Y El Grupo De Jose Maria Vitier
11.  Chivo Que Rompe Tambo - Bola De Nieve
12.  Soy Todo - Juan Formell y Los Van Van
13.  Assokere (Canto a Eleggua) - Sintesis
Disc 2
01.  Arolla Cubano - Maria Teresa Vera
02.  Mamita Cambia - Miguelito Valdes
03.  Saoco - Celeste Mendoza
04.  Yo Si Tumbo Cana - Cuarteto d'Aida
05.  Guajira Guantanamera - Joseito Fernandez
06.  Son De La Loma - Trio Matamoros
07.  Maria Cristina - Nico Saquito
08.  El Verdulero - Paulina Alvarez
09.  El Diablo Tun Tun - Miguelito Cuni
10.   Ritmo Pilon - Pacho Alonso
11.  Y Manana Me Caso Contigo - Conjunto Roberto Fax
12.  Drume Negrita - Merceditas Valdes
13.  Yayabo - Tito Gomez Con La Orquesta Riverside
14.  Sabanas Blancas - Gerardo Alfonso
15.  Mariposa - Pedro Luis Ferrer
16.  Identidad - Pablo Milanes
17.  A Bayamo En Coche - Alberto Alverez Y Son 14
18.  Pa que te Salves - Issac Delgado y Su Orquesta
Disc 3
01.  Que Bueno Baila Usted - Beny More
02.  Rumba Caliente - Elio Reve Y Su Charangon
03.  Iliana Quiere Chocolate - Pello Afrokan
04.  Echale Salsita - Septeto Nacional De Ignacio Pineiro
05.  Tres Lindas Cubanas - sexteto Habanero
06.  Pare Cochero - Orchestra Aragon
07.  Sociedad Antonio Maceo - Isreal Lopez 'Cachao'
08.  Mulatica Revoltosa - Arcano Y Sus Maravillas
09.  Adivinalo - Arsenio Rodriguez
10.  Oye El Carbonero - Chappottin Y Miguelito Cuni
11.  Que Sorpresa! - Juan Formell Y Los Van Van
12.  Recordando Al Sonero - Adalberto Alvarez y Su Son
13.  La Bruja, Camara - Jose Luis Cortes Y NG La Banda
14.  La Bola - Manolin El Medico De La Salsa
15.  Se Te Fue La Mano - Issac Delgado Y Su Orquesta
Disc 4
01.  Mambo - Mario Bauza
02.  Descarga Numero Dos - Chico O'Farrill
03.  Juana Mil Ciento - Irakere
04.  Nueva Vision - Emiliano Salvador
05.  Bemba'e Cuchara/Spoon Lips - Cachao
06.  Tumbao De Coqueta - Jesus Alemany
7.  Bobre Un Canto A Eleggua - Grupo Afro-Cuba
08.  Parraga - Orlando Valle "Maraca"
09.  El Noticiero - Los Terry
10.  Woody'n You - Gonzalo Rubalcaba
11.  Montuno - Steve Coleman w/AfroCuba De Matanzas

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From a review, 4/00

Gang, our friends from ASNMSU have lined up another great musical event for our listening pleasure.

íCubanismo!, a 15 piece Cuban dance band, has recently released their new CD "Reencarnacion" and we'll get to hear some of it next week.

íCubanismo! is the brainchild of renown Cuban trumpeter Jes˙s Alema˝y, formerly of Sierra Maestra, and includes the highly respected conguero "Tata" GŘines, pianist Ignacio "Nachito" Herrera and flautist Orlando Valle "Maraca".

In 1996, Jes˙s, who resides in London, returned to Cuba with fellow emigrant, pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, to organize the earlier, self titled CD, "íCubanismo!". Rehearsals were sometimes few and far between, due to political issues and travel restrictions. Diplomatic strings had to be pulled to allow the members to tour in the U.S. It's nothing short of miraculous that these folks "hear" each other as well as they do. The quality of their music is a tribute to the band's spirit, dedication and energy.

The big brassy sound of a dance band has always appealed to me and, since I was quite young, have found myself drawn to Latin music. This band combines the best of both those styles for me, and It just doesn't get much better. In my years of listening, I've been lucky to hear a few bands who had a magical quality. Something almost unstated, which separated them from less gifted, though still very good, bands. íCubanismo! falls into that magical category, and "Reencarnacion" is some kind of special CD.

During my first listen to the CD, I found myself quite mesmerized by Jes˙s' prominent horn. He's fast, accurate and creative. But something nagged at me as I listened to that sweet horn. There was a slight familiarity to the style. A light vibrato and a big "splatty" "in your face" sort of sound. Eventually, it dawned on me that Jes˙s was reminding me of Doc Severinsen of Tonight Show fame. Doc played and recorded with many of the stellar Latin artists, including Antonio Carlos Jobim, prior to joining the Tonight Show band. I guess it should come as no surprise that Doc and Jes˙s would compliment each other's styles.

During the second listen, I began to focus on the rest of the band. They certainly live up to the high standards set by Jes˙s' horn playing, and are quite amazing. íCubanismo!'s music is often very intricate. There can be several layers of rhythm happening at the same time-an exercise in counterpoint, but all perfectly in sync and wonderfully complimentary. Musically, there might be two or more voices "speaking" simultaneously. Different melodies, intertwined at some level, but separate and identifiable as individual. So perfectly contrived that one wonders, "why don't I hear music that way"?

The answer to that question, according to some of my Hispanic friends and neighbors, is that it's cultural. There is a sheer joy and love of life brought forth by Latin music, which is unfamiliar or not apparent to many of us of European roots. We often grew up learning about and listening to the works of dead, powdered wigged old composers, many of whom wouldn't know joy if it bit 'em "you know where".Thank goodness we live in a shrinking world where communication and the breaking down of barriers allow us all to partake of the good things that other countries and cultures can offer.

Now, before you start to think that I don't appreciate the classics, let me assure you that I do indeed love Bach Beethovan and many of the other classical composers. They're just not as much fun as íCubanismo!.

The Boston Globe's May, 1997 review of the CD "íCubanismo!", has a headline which reads "íCubanismo! leaves no choice - you gotta move". They sure got that one right. If you're like me, not much of a dancer, you still belong at this concert. It would be nearly impossible to listen to this band and not tap your foot or bob your head. Or maybe tap, and bob and weave. Whatever you find yourself doing, you're going to enjoy this band.

So, let's meet at the Corbett Center ballroom on Tuesday, March 14th at 8:00PM. Admission is $20.00 for the general public, plus service charges. There is a $2.00 discount for NMSU students with a valid ID card.

You might bear in mind that traffic will be challenging, due to another major event in the Pan Am Center the same evening.

One last note. The machinations that íCubanismo! has had to endure just to share their music with us, on our soil, are a sad commentary on the state of relations between our country and Cuba. These fine musicians aren't crazed commies or mad bombers. They're ambassadors of good will and joy. My opinion is that we, as a nation, need to re-think the position and attitude toward Cuba which have been imposed upon us by our political leaders. Cuba has a rich culture, wonderful music and food, and people just like you and me. Folks who want only to carve their little niche out of the world and try to be happy. The time has come for change.

-- John Swalby, jswalby@zianet.com
First published in the Las Cruces Bulletin on March 23, 2000

Booking Agency

The Rosebud Agency
http://www.rosebudus.com/cubanismo/index.html

Links

Jesus Alemany and Cubanismo's web site
 www.jesusalemany.com/home.htm

Hot Salsa
http://www.chez.com/abri/a/cubanismo.htm

SalsaSF
Un Sonero de Cuba: Rolo Martinez: an interview with famed sonero Rolo Martinez

QRadio
http://commerce2.qradio.net/order/artist.asp?query=Cubanismo


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