Ibrahim Ferrer

Buenos Hermanos
(World Circuit )

When Ry Cooder’s Buena Vista Social Club galvanized the global music scene in 1996, it established Ibrahim Ferrer as one of Cuba’s breakout elder stars. In the States, his spotlight previously had been denied because of the country’s relations with Cuba. But with Cooder’s help, the singer released Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer in 1999, solidifying his eminence as a torchbearer of pre-revolution idioms. Buenos Hermanos, his follow-up, dazzled in more surprising ways. In addition to showcasing Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés on a few cuts, the 2003 album recruited some eyebrow-raising special guests. Even when The Blind Boys of Alabama harmonize behind Ferrer on the danzón “Perfume De Gardenias,” nothing sounds out of place. This reissued, remixed version of the album ups the ante with four additional tunes, the strongest being Cristina Saladrigas’ “Ojos Malvados.”

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April 2024
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