Following the Intro, the selections include "Drume Negrita," Isla Linda," "Walk to Carnival Medley" (which includes 6 separate parts), "Suave Congo Carabali," "Conga Santiaguera," "Cielo y Tierra," "El Real De Hielo," "Lo Que Siento" (which includes "La Bayamesa"), and "El Final" (which includes "La Comparsa," and "Nino.") Each song entry is an enjoyable adventure and will give the jazz listener a sense of joy and friendship in performance.
Some of the performers include Leila Guerrero on vocals, Joseph Rotondi on piano, Dervy Rojas on vocals, Harry Kim on trumpet, Martin Tillman on cello, among many others. Luis Conte appears on vocals on some selections. The narration that is interjected into some of these songs adds a dash of spice and enchantment as the song unfolds.
This is a very happy, sensitive, emotional tour of contemporary Cuban jazz, and it is well worth the time to listen to it several times to absorb the intimate and intricate motifs being established, and shared with the jazz listener. CUBAN DREAMS has an abundance of power about it!
For something enjoyable with a total immersion into the feel of Cuban jazz, CUBAN DREAMS is a tightly-knit masterpiece by Luis Conte. The jazz listener will learn things from this unique CD, very interesting things!
This CD is excellent in all aspects and a must-have for fans of Luis Conte and contemporary Cuban jazz. CUBAN DREAMS is an enjoyable winner to have in your CD collection!!