Caney Records is a superior reissue label based in Barcelona. Many of the Caney releases feature later recordings by Cuban artists who expatriated to Spain during the 1950s. Others feature prime material from the heydeys of the mambo and descarga scenes. The true hallmark of these discs, though, is their stellar sound quality -- the reissue engineering is absolutely top-notch. Okay, okay... I know how irritating it is to come across one of those "under construction" sites... but bear with me. When I get all the other cool stuff on the Slipcue site in order, I'll get back here and post some reviews... In the meantime, just take my word for it that this label has the goods, and that their stuff is well worth checking out!
Cachao y Su Ritmo Caliente "From Havana To New York" (Caney)
Tito Puente "Mamboscope" (Caney)
Various Artists "CHA-CHA-CHA EN LA HABANA" (Caney)
Charlie Palmieri & Peruchin "Cuban Rhythms" (Caney)
Orquesta Kubavana "A Toda Le Gusta Le Gusta" (Caney)
Beny More "Baile Mi Son" (Caney)
Conjunto Casino "Moliendo Cafe" (Caney)
Tito Puente "Pare Cochero" (Caney)
Bebo Valdes "Sabor De Cuba" (Caney)
Cachao y Su Ritmo Caliente "More Legendary Descarga Sessions" (Caney)
Machito "Ritmo Pa' Gozar" (Caney)
Bebo Valdes "Descarga Caliente" (Caney)
Frank Emilio & Quillermo Barreto "Algo Bueno" (Caney, 1999)
Descarga jam sessions and mellow jazz ballads from 1959-'60, led by pianist Frank Emilio... It's pretty good stuff, although it settles into static riffs from time to time. Again, a big Brubeck debt is evident -- maybe not the greatest jazz ever, but mostly pretty pleasant.
A real mixed bag of sometimes-driving, sometimes-kitschy performances by Cuban guitarist-composer Juanito Marquez, who worked with Omara Portuondo and other stars of the '50s and early '60s, and who later became a session player in Miami, during the 1970s. His dance tune, "Arrimate Pa'ca," became a hit in 1964, on his first recording as a bandleader, and is featured among these early '60s recordings, made in '61 and '64. Marquez moves between straight-up son material and lighter arrangements more akin to the American easy listening/pop jazz popular at the time... The prominence of the amplified guitar in these recordings is unusual; mostly this is pretty fun stuff, though it does get pretty goofy at times.
Beny More "El Barbaro De La Melodia" (Caney)
Olga Guillot "La Mejor Cancionera De Cuba" (Caney)
Lolita Garrido "Con Sabor Tropical" (Caney)
Various Artists "NAVIDAD EN CUBA" (Caney)
Various Artists "INOLVIDABLES DUOS LATINOS" (Caney, 1995)
A fabulous set of lavishly corny, over-the-top romantic bolero duets. Features all of the biggest names from the olden days, such as Beny More, Libertad Lamarque and Jorge Negrete. The first time I listened to this, I though I could pass on it, but then I fell in love... A nice, highly recommended collection of pure Latin schmaltz, and a permanent part of my record collection!
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