BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB VOCALIST
IBRAHIM FERRER’S “OJOS MALVADOS” PREMIERES VIA JAZZIZ
BUENOS HERMANOS SPECIAL EDITION REISSUE OUT FEBRUARY 28 ON
WORLD CIRCUIT RECORDS
REMIXED AND REMASTERED BY PRODUCER RY COODER, INCLUDES FOUR PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD TRACKS FROM
THE ORIGINAL ALBUM SESSIONS AND NEW ARTWORK
“Ferrer is on stunning form, coaxing endlessly subtle nuances from a
set of finely crafted original songs…heavenly. ★★★★”
“The Cuban maestro has hit top form. ★★★★”—Q
“an excellent bolero singer”—The New York Times
“a stylish vocalist, possessed of a wonderfully nuanced interpretive gift”—Billboard
“A classic from top to tail. ★★★★”—MOJO
“Ferrer was not only the last of the great son singers from Cuba, but he was
also a one-of-a-kind vocalist—a carefree performer who can move audiences
with innate grace and style.”—Newsweek
World Circuit Records is set to release a very special edition of Buena Vista Social Club vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer’s Grammy-winning second solo album Buenos Hermanos, due February 28. Preorder the album at http://worldcircuit.lnk.to/BHSpecialEdition.
In celebration of the forthcoming reissue, JAZZIZ is premiering the never-before-heard track “Ojos Malvados” (“Wicked Eyes”); stream the track at https://www.jazziz.com/ibrahim-ferrer-ojos-malvados-song-premiere/ and share it at http://worldcircuit.lnk.to/IFOjos.
Composed by Cristina Saladrigas (one of the few women in the early days of traditional Cuban “trova”), the song is an elegant and emotional bolero—a style that Ferrer became famous for—and has been part of the repertoire of some of the greatest Cuban musicians, from son and bolero giants Trio Matamoros to Barbarito Díez. This recording features Buena Vista alumni Orlando “Cachaíto” López, Manuel Galbán and Angá Díaz, as well as Joachim Cooder on drums.
“That’s where you hear Ibrahim in his true métier, as they say, those old slower songs,” says producer Ry Cooder, “the delicacy and his vibrato is perfect for those tunes.”
Originally released in 2003, Buenos Hermanos won critical acclaim as an audacious and assured album firmly rooted in tradition, whilst expanding the horizons of 21st Century Cuban music with its varied repertoire and modern sound.
Producer Ry Cooder has now gone back to the original tapes to re-mix the whole album, adding four previously unheard tracks from the original album sessions, including recent single “Ven Conmigo Guajira” (stream/share the track here), to a brand new sequence, creating a completely reimagined Buenos Hermanos.
“It’s better than ever, if I may say,” comments Cooder on the new mixes. “We went back into the session tapes and found songs that were overlooked for some reason, and you’re going to be as thrilled as I am. We’ve really polished it up and improved it and expanded it, it sounds almost brand new. There’s one thing for sure: we need something good, something beautiful in these days and times.”
The reimagined version of the album also has refreshed cover artwork, featuring an alternative photograph from the original album shoot by Christien Jaspars. As well as digital formats, the release will be available as a CD casebound book and 180g heavyweight double vinyl, with both packages including English and Spanish lyrics, and a new foreword from Ry Cooder.
Having retired from nearly 40 years of performing, Ibrahim Ferrer was shining shoes in 1996 when he was approached by Afro-Cuban All Stars’ band leader Juan de Marcos González to sing on the sessions that would become the original Buena Vista Social Club album. The record was released to phenomenal reception the following year, going on to sell over 8 million copies and catapulting Ferrer and his fellow musicians to international fame.
Buenos Hermanos followed Ferrer’s first solo album Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer and was hailed at the time as a selection of fresh takes on classic songs and thrilling examples of the romantic ballads and boleros for which Ferrer was famed; it won the Grammy for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album.
Ferrer, who passed away in 2005, brought to these songs not only his ripe and long-standing vocal mastery, but a confidence and self-assurance that, according to Cooder, puts him up there alongside such all-time giants of Cuban music as Ferrer’s own personal hero, Beny Moré.
Buenos Hermanos [Special Edition]
- Música Cubana
- Me Voy Pa’ Sibanicú*
- Buenos Hermanos
- Mil Congojas
- Ojos Malvados*
- Guaguancó Callejero
- Hay Que Entrarle a Palos a Ése
- Perfume De Gardenias
- Como El Arrullo De Palma
- Mujer *
- No Tiene Telaraña
- Ven Conmigo Guajira*
- Fuiste Cruel
- Oye El Consejo
* previously unreleased tracks from original album sessions