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Songs of The Beatles with a Cuban TWIST.
Here Comes el Son merges the spirit of The Beatles with the soul of Cuban music. It offers Beatles fans a rare bifocal musical experience: familiar Fab Four tunes rendered in grassroots Afro-Cuban rhythms. This musically rich CD also presents the music enthusiast with an exotic compilation of songs of the most famous Rock n Roll group in the world in styles never heard before.
Banned in Cuba during the early years of the revolution, Beatles music managed to break through and establish a following that endures to this day in Cuba. HCES emerges from that following as the FIRST record of Beatles songs played in traditional Cuban musical rhythms. It is also the FIRST record performed in English by Cuban musicians residing in Cuba.
… winningly attains the symbiosis of the two genres, never losing sight of the songs sixties spirit… — El Nuevo Herald, Miami, February 21, 2002
…Here comes el Son…comes to the US, as a boomerang, from Miami, Florida. — Galería, El Nuevo Herald, Miami, March 1, 2002
…an excellent CD for you to give to your non-“Latino”, English-speaking friends as a good introduction to Cuban music. — SalsaPower.com, February 28, 2002
…enjoyable, well thought-out. Capable of shining new, fresh light on the cultural gems we often take for granted. — Descarga.com, February 15, 2002
About the Artist
Here comes…el Son is a compilation performed by an assortment of unlikely musicians. Buddies Alfredo Alvarez Calderon and Rogelio Pretto teamed up to produce an exciting new TWIST to Beatles music. By recording in Havana, Cuba using local musicians, they preserved the rhythmic purity of the music they wanted to put together. To write the musical arrangements and help assemble the team of musicians, they enlisted the invaluable talents of Cuban master arranger “Pucho” Lopez himself a devoted admirer of The Beatles. Pucho’s arrangements allow traditional instruments like the violin, guitar, trumpet and double bass to blend remarkably with grassroots Cuban percussive elements like clave, maracas, tumbadora, bongo and guiro, as well as the more primitively exotic paila and shekere and the Tito Puente favorite, timbales. Singers and musicians were enlisted from the sophisticated ranks of Cuba’s Symphony Orchestra and some of Havana’s popular urban stages. Francisco Padrón’s trumpet, for example, graces “We Can Work It Out ” with qualities of el son which are reminiscent of l930’s Cuba, when this unique beat enjoyed its greatest popularity. Omar Pérez Rodriguezs digital nimbleness with the Lute adds a harp-like medieval enchantment to “Hey Jude”. “Because” and “Nowhere Man” are rendered exclusively in vocally produced instrumentations by Vocal LT, another popular local group. Their delightful vocal-only renditions provide another charming twist of son and columbia to classic Beatles tunes. Internationally renown percussion group Los Papiness rendition in guaguancó of “Hello Good-bye” showcases that rhythms direct African lineage. And in what will surely be a favorite of this CD, they coax the ever appealing notes of “Hey Jude” into a stimulating son-guajira that will set you off to the dance floor. This novel approach to the music of The Beatles makes Here comes el Son a truly unique record.