Candido & Graciela – Inolvidable (2004) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Candido & Graciela – Inolvidable (2004)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:08 minutes | 1,14 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Havana-born Latin music legends Candido and Graciela are two of the survivors of the Cubop movement of the late 1940s, which fused Cuban rhythms with big-band jazz. These masters of the art bring a unique style and easy camaraderie to this recording, highlighted by Graciela ‘s call-and-response interplay with the band and Candido’s subtle wizardry on the conga drums. What you have is inolvidable, unforgettable.

“… like stepping into a time machine back to the late 1940s, the golden age of the Palladium Ballroom … Candido displays a technique and sense of timing that is as natural as breathing … Graciela then adds the requisite majesty.” – Jazz Times

In Spanish, the word “inolvidable” means “unforgettable.” A title as lofty as Inolvidable would, in many cases, be an example of excessive hype, but when the artists in question are percussionist Candido Camero and singer Graciela Perez, the word “unforgettable” is definitely appropriate — their contributions to Afro-Cuban jazz music are exactly that. Camero and Perez go back a long way; they first met in the ’40s, when Perez was a featured vocalist for Machito’s band (a gig that lasted into the ’70s). Perez retired from performing in 1993, but Camero managed to lure her back into the studio for this 2004 release. Both of them were octogenarians when Inolvidable came out; Camero was 82, while Perez was 88. Produced by Nelson Gonzalez and David Chesky (with Charles Carlini serving as associate producer), Inolvidable finds Camero and Perez turning their attention to classic Latin gems like “Cesar Portillo de la Luz,” “Tu Mi Delirio” and Rafael Hernandez’ “Desvelo” — and the octogenarians happily recreate the spirit of jazz-influenced Afro-Cuban dance music as it sounded in the ’40s and ’50s (but with the digital technology of the 21st century). Despite Perez’ physical limitations — she has been plagued by debilitating arthritis — the veteran singer brings a great deal of enthusiasm to this project. And for 88, Perez still sounds surprisingly good; she doesn’t have the vocal stamina of her youth, but she gets her points across nonetheless — and being reunited with Camero seems to really inspire her on the album’s up-tempo selections as well as romantic boleros such as Hernandez’ “Amor Ciego,” and Arsenio Rodriguez’ “La Vida Es Un Sueño.” For Afro-Cuban enthusiasts, a Camero/Perez reunion is truly an historic event — one that yields consistently enjoyable results on Inolvidable.

01 – Si Tu Supieras
02 – Cachita
03 – La Vida Es Un Sueno
04 – Amor Ciego
05 – Conga Jam
06 – Tu Mi Delirio
07 – Quien Eres Tu
08 – Desvelo
09 – Tu Me Acostumbraste
10 – Contigo En La Distancia
11 – Inolvidable, Parte I
12 – Inolvidable, Parte II

Main Artists Candido Camero and Graciela Perez
Sonny Bravo, piano
Candido Camero, congas
Andrew Gonzalez, double bass
Joseph Julian Gonzalez, background vocals
Xiomara Laugart, vocals
Jorge Maldonado, background vocals
Manny Oquendo, percussion
Eddie Perales, flute
Graciela Perez Grillo, vocals
Frederico Britos Ruiz

Producer David Chesky, Nelson Gonzalez
Executive Producer Norman Chesky
Co-Producer Charles Carlini, Bryn Chernoff, Lisa Hershfield
Engineer Rick Eckerle, Barry Wolifson
Assistant Engineer Matthew Epstein, Dominick Maita
Editing Engineer Nicholas Prout
Mastering Engineer Nicholas Prout

This album was made with the purest audio path, using the very best microphones, mic preamps, analog-to-digital converters, recorders, and cables with careful attention to detail to produce the most transparent and natural sound available today.