Cha Cha Cha
Aberlardo Barroso died in the early 70s – he was one of the golden voices of Cuba and now, with the release of this album he lives on as (still) one of the greats…compiled by Nick Gold (who had a hand in that phenomenal Buena Vista Social Club) the Cha Cha Cha album feels like Cuba in the fifties, but it feels like a sound of right now, a sound for right now also…there’s nothing dated about the bright sound of this orchestra. The flute solos from Juan Pablo Miranda give flight to the tunes, the vocals of Barroso drive the songs as much as the timbale and cowbell. These remastered recordings really are a joy.
This has been a Sunday morning favourite across recent months – it could be a party-starter too if you wanted. Rare to find that great Saturday night record that’s also just perfect for the very next morning.
If you’ve been a fan of Buena Vista, Orchestra Baobab and the like – or if you’re still digging anything by Tito Puente, Louis Prima or anywhere in-between then you’re going to have to have this. A magical set of songs, a perfectly restored gem. There’s happiness in those horns and a vital feel to this. Joyful, exuberant and lushly recorded with just enough of a hard-edge to it.