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Mambo Sinuendo

Ry Cooder, Manuel GalbanAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 28, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00007H1Y2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dru me Negrita
2. Monte a Dentro
3. Los Twangueros
4. Patricia
5. Caballo Viejo
6. Mambo Sinuendo
7. Bodas de oro
8. Echale salsita
9. La luna en tu Mirada
10. Secret Love
11. Boleros sonambulo
12. Maria la o

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If there's a certain instant familiarity to this collaborative celebration between U.S. guitar icon/musicologist Ry Cooder and Cuban fret legend Manuel Galbán, it's only testimony to how deeply the island nation's rich musical heritage permeated American pop music in the '50s, '60s, and beyond. Cooder and Galbán (a key compatriot in the American guitarist's Buena Vista Social Club project) invent a back-to-the-future sound--twin guitars fronting a Cuban rhythm section of two drum kits, congas, and bass--whose dreamy swing quotient is matched only by its sense of mirthful abandon. Thus tracks like "Dru Me Negrita" and "Los Twangueros" manage to evoke everything from Link Wray, Duane Eddy, and the Ventures to Mancini and Esquivel, while Cooder and Galbán twirl a standard like "Patricia" and the nervy title track around dueling poles of tradition and experimentation with deceptive grace. It's joyous, mercurial stuff that the two musicians conjure at their fingertips. --Jerry McCulley

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109 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ry Cooder's greatest achievement January 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Has any musician, dead or alive, appeared in a wider variety of musical settings than Ry Cooder? None comes to mind. The amazing thing about his cross-culturalism is how effectively he picks up the basic vibe of the music he's exploring while still putting his own stamp on the proceedings, all the while maintaining a deep (yet not slavish) respect as he playfully deconstructs and reassembles it.
His latest, Mambo Sinuendo, a dual project with Cuban guitar legend Manuel Galabán, strikes me as the finest Cooder record to date. I've listened to this remarkable album many times, and each listen has revealed something new: Cooder's tuba-like sound on "Bodas de Oro"; the nimble acoustic bass of Orlando "Cachaíto" Lopez, always establishing the perfect rhythmic underpinning; the deep swing melded to relaxed yet intense interaction that suffuses the whole record; the tricky rhythmic shifts that relocate a piece from Latin America to the American Southwest to Hawaii. It's because Cooder has (seemingly effortlessly) acquired such a broad and deep musical vocabulary that he's able to musically jet, as it were, from country to country with such ease.
Highlights for me include a very tender reading of the chestnut "Secret Love," the Al Caiola-meets-Sonny Chillingworth vibe of "Drume Negrita," "Los Twangueros," with Ry making his recorded debut on vibes (!) and sounding, if I may say so, like an inebriated south of the border denizen in hat and sneakers, the old Pérez Prado number, "Patricia," given an affectionately funky reading and coming across, strangely, at once hoary and impossibly modern, "Caballo Viejo," a cumbia-like piece featuring some very tasty farfisa-organ-sounding guitar and killer drum work by the dual drum team of Jim Keltner and Joachim Cooder.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A music experience that is like a much needed vacation February 8, 2003
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Being a longtime fan of Ry Cooder, I know that any project that he emerges with will be well worth the wait and result in something special. From the beginning project with 1997's Grammy winning "Buena Vista Social Club" project, the world has come to know the richness of Cuba's almost forgotten music. Each musician has come to record a solo project from these sessions.
This new project, "Mambo Sinuendo" features a small combo sound, a sound that was alive in the late '50's, early '60's. This setting does not showcase the big Buena Vista Social Club brass or vocals. This project is a stripped-down, seductive twangy guitar sound, featuring the guitar work of Manuel Galban up front & center. Manuel Galban is a masterful Cuban guitarist, whose style is like American guitarist Duane Eddy, one of Ry Cooder's influences.
Ry Cooder plays the harmony guitar parts, weaving dreamlike rhythms and occasional hawaiin steel guitar and organ throughout, adding texture. The drums & percussion are shared by Ry's son Joachim and Jim Keltner, one of the world's best drummers. The bass is played by Cuba's "Cachiato" Lopez, and along with a couple songs with congos and background vocals, the set is almost entirely an instrumental affair.
This is a lovely set of peaceful music, that is great to listen to again and again. Ry Cooder has been on vacation in Cuba, making some of the finest music of his career, and he has taken us all along with him. I enjoyed this project, as the guitars sound so dreamy and seductive. Throughout this set of songs I have felt so relaxed and taken in by this great music. When the last notes drift into silence, it's like realising that vacation is over and it's time to go back to the grind.
I have my personal faves on this recording. "Patricia" is a joy.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Latin rhythms with Ry's guitars January 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Often when Western musicians pair up with "world music" artists, the results sound like the Western person is almost completely submerged within the musical identity of the "world" person. That happened with Henry Kaiser & David Lindley's Norway & Madagascar albums, and with various things Michael Brook has done. Not here. Ry Cooder's rootsy guitar is just as much a character in this music as Manuel Galaban and the different Cuban musicians he worked with on Mambo Sinuendo. The tunes all have a Latin flavor, but filtered through various American mid-20th Century styles. I was reminded of Esquivel as well as some of the Los Lobos side projects like the Latin Playboys and Los Super Seven. The album is a real pleasure to listen to. I probably would have enjoyed it even more if there were a few more cuts with vocals. The female background vocals on the chorus of the title track are real cool.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes a while but well worth the effort..... September 5, 2003
By Milo
Format:Audio CD
Is Ry Cooder still an unknown icon in America? If you have eclectic tastes in music then you could buy everything he has ever recorded and never get bored. Not only is he a talented guitarist and composer, but he is arguably one of the world's greatest archivists, retrieving and bringing to life a wealth of rare and wonderful music that might never have seen the light of day without his TLC. This album is so low key that I was not impressed with the first, second or even third listening. Then something clicked and I have to say I am hooked. There is a wonderful dark discordancy to the music on this CD. A bit like ultra-lounge meets Hawaiian. At times it even gets a little tacky in that 50's chrome and plastic way, but I like that. Typical nice quality playback, a little more forward than a lot of his stuff which often has a recessed quality perhaps due to simple and natural recording techniques.I've never had a recording creep up on me quite this way, which makes it even more endearing. I recommend it, but with the caveat you give it time to seep in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good
love the sound and the beat it is very unique and I do not know what else I can say about it
Published 4 months ago by Patricia A. Palazzola
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure sensuality...!
Love this music, Love the album, love everything about it. Pure genuis and great collaborative efforts between the two musicians. Read more
Published on April 26, 2012 by Robert Poe
4.0 out of 5 stars cant stop listening
Never listened to this type of music before and never even heard of Ry Cooder until I heard. Duerme Negrita on an internet radio station. I was totally blown away. What a sound!!! Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great!
Mambo Sinuendo is a really great CD.
Although a bit more modern than Buena Vista Social Club, Ry Cooder and Manuel Galban show their great musical talent in these... Read more
Published on August 11, 2011 by will
1.0 out of 5 stars faulty product
quality of cd is very bad, last 2 songs will not even read on cd player or my laptop. not at all happy and probably will no longer order form amazon. Read more
Published on August 9, 2011 by shelby
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite overlooked gems
Not a huge Ry Cooder junkie, but this bit of exotic charm really hits me every time I listen to it. The percussion is great, and the electric guitars are juiced. Read more
Published on June 17, 2011 by Brad Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the everyday person
This is an album full of inspiration from the tropical western world. It is obvious in every second of the music. Read more
Published on February 28, 2009 by Ivan A. Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh so good...
How did Ry Cooder escape my notice for so long? My wife noticed a song off this album playing on a jukebox and immediately took notice. Read more
Published on October 24, 2008 by J. Jason Sims
5.0 out of 5 stars I am hopelessly addicted to this album
No "Manteca" here, but I am hopelessly addicted to this album anyway.

If you listen to Cuban music you will probably hear a lot of versions of "Drume Negrita" (which I... Read more
Published on August 4, 2008 by W. P. Gardner
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite Ry Cooder record
I have several Ry Cooder records. I like all of them, some more than others, and this is not one of my favorites. Read more
Published on July 28, 2008 by Weatherbird
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