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Bach in Havana by Tiempo Libre

Tiempo Libre new CD, Bach in Havana, connects the rhythms and sensibilities of Afro-Cuban music with the compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach.

On "Tu Conga", the infectious rhythms of Conga, the music played in Cuba during Carnaval, are mixed with melodies inspired by the Fugue in C minor. The lyrics are an homage to Johann Sebastian Bach. "Fuga" is a delightful fusion of Cha-cha-cha rhythms with the Fuga movement of the D minor sonata.

Remarkable is "Air on a G string", this time played in a Bolero style. The always soulful playing of Paquito D'Rivera on alto sax is reason enough to buy this CD.

The repetitive arpeggios of "Prelude in C minor" are combined nicely with the guaguanco clave on Clave in C minor. Guaguanco is another traditional dance from Cuba.

Gavotte is based on "French Suite No. 5 in G major", played over a Son clave. For those unfamiliar with cuban music, son is a dance music from Cuba, one of the cuban rhythms that influenced musicians (mostly from Puerto Rico) living in New York in the 70's, to create Salsa music.

Mi Orisha starts with a solo by Yosvany Terry on the shekere, a percussion instrument made from gourd, netting and beads. The melodies on this one are based on the "French Suite No. 2 in C minor".

"Minuet in G" is changed from the traditional 3/4 to 4/4 to meet the guaguanco clave. The lyrics describes the sensual pleasures of dancing guaguanco.

On "Olas de Yemaya", the melodies are inspired by "Preludio in C" major beautifully played over Bata drums rhythms. Bata drums are used also on "Kyrie", after an opening from "Mass in B minor". Bata is the sacred drum used in Santeria to call down the Orishas powerful deities.

"Baqueteo con Bajo" is a Danzon. On the second part the montuno enters with yet another brilliant intervention by Paquito D'Rivera this time on the clarinet. "Timbach" is inspired by the "Prelude in D major" with a mix of different cuban rhythms.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Tiempo Libre
  • CD Title: Bach in Havana
  • Genre: World Music
  • Year Released: 2009
  • Record Label: Sony
  • Tracks: Tu Conga Bach, Fuga, Air On A G String, Clave In C Minor, Gavotte, Mi Orisha, Minuet In G, Olas De Yemayá, Baqueteo Con Bajo, Timbach, Kyria
  • Musicians: Jorge Gomez (music director, keyboards, vocals), Joaquin Diaz (lead vocals, batá), Leandro Gonzalez (congas, percussion, batá, vocals), Tebelio Fonte (electric bass, chapman stick, vocals), Cristobal Ferrer Garcia(trumpet, trombone, vocals), Hilario Bell (percussion, timbales, batá, vocals) Luis Beltran Castillo ( tenor sax, guiro, vocals)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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