JUAN PABLO TORRES Y ALGO NUEVO - SUPER SON LP

JUAN PABLO TORRES Y ALGO NUEVO - SUPER SON LP

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RELEASED ON 7.6.2024 ON MR BONGO VIA PROPER  



CATALOGUE NUMBER MRBLP292


A wonderful record of tripped- out rumbas, psych- Afro- Latin funk and quirky

orchestrated tracks with a big band horn section courtesy of Torres' band, Algo

Nuevo.

 

As well as being the director of Algo Nuevo and Cuban all-star ensemble Estrellas

De Areito , the trombonist, bandleader, arranger and producer also released a

wealth of albums under his own name predominately on the state-owned imprint

Areito/EGREM.

 

Post-revolution, there was a contrast in Cuba's musical world. State censorship

was at play, but professional musicians were on the government payroll which

gave them an artistic freedom. Experimentation emanated in the '70s and '80s

and Super Son is a prime example of that. 'Y Que Bien' kicks off the album taking

you down a tripped- out, cosmic rabbit hole , psych guitars and skat vocals

opening up into a joyful funk groove laced with jazzy Afro-Cuban horns stabs.

Tracks such as 'Pastel En Descarga' seem to come out of nowhere and are

completely unique . Fuzzed- up guitar lines and percussion lay the groundwork,

with those jubilant horns adding to the energy of this forever building track.

 

Elsewhere, there's the '70s TV theme-tune feeling of 'Con Aji Guaguao', a playful

funk number that boils and bubbles with blistering trombone playing by Torres. Or

'Son A Propulsion' and 'Son Riendo', two more brilliant examples of psychedelic

funk, wrapped up in a blanket of Afro-Cuban rhythms. The former sweeping you

up in rushes of wind as trumpets, trombones and distorted guitars trade off, the

latter, an intergalactic festa of tradition and exploration.

 

Super Son is up there as one of the funkiest Cuban records around , a playful

fusion of ideas from a producer, player and group on fine form and, for us, one of

our favourite gems to come out of Cuba in this period. A sheer masterpiece.


Tracks:

1. Y Que Bien

2. Rico Melao

3. Pastel En Descarga

4. A Luna Llena

5. Con Aji Guaguao

6. Son A Propulsion

7. Si No Fuera Por Emiliana

8. Ey!...Op.1

9. Son Riendo

10. Super Son