RELEASE
January 28, 2003
LABEL
Nonesuch
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Mambo, Latin Jazz, Guitar Virtuoso, World Fusion, Lounge, Cuban Traditions

Album Review

Mambo Sinuendo is a collaboration between Ry Cooder and Buena Vista alum (and formerly of many other groups as well) Manuel Galbán. The album attempts to catch an old style popularized in Cuba by Galbán, and was, surprisingly, never followed up on by anybody after Galbán. It's a guitar-based romp closely based in the pop/jazz crossovers of the 1950s-1960s (Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, etc). There's a touch of exoticism here and there, and a larger touch of a relatively Hawaiian feel throughout the whole via the guitar techniques employed by the pair. It's all somewhere in a form between lounge, mambo, and Esquivel's old space-age-bachelor-pad music. In rare instances, there's even a little bit of a house drum loop added in by the percussionists. Aside from the stray spacey chorus in the title track, it's an entirely instrumental affair, which suits the musicians quite well, giving them a chance to show off their full virtuosity along the way. The musicality these guitarists hold, and the interplay between them, is really the treat of the album. For a nice look at the musical genre that never was, but probably should have been, this makes a good show. Newcomers to Cooder should perhaps dig into some older releases to get a feel before coming to this album, but all others should embrace it quickly.
Adam Greenberg, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Drume Negritahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/drume-negrita/id121971583?i=121971143&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Monte Adentrohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/monte-adentro/id121971583?i=121971181&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Los Twangueroshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/los-twangueros/id121971583?i=121971307&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Patriciahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/patricia/id121971583?i=121971466&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Caballo Viejohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/caballo-viejo/id121971583?i=121971468&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Mambo Sinuendohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/mambo-sinuendo/id121971583?i=121971514&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Bodas de Orohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/bodas-de-oro/id121971583?i=121971517&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Échale Salsita
  9. La Luna en Tu Miradahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/la-luna-en-tu-mirada/id121971583?i=121971524&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Secret Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/secret-love/id121971583?i=121971564&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Bolero Sonámbulo
  12. María la Lo