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Recordando A Cuba

by Cubanoson

Pianist Papo Ortega presents Cubanoson bringing you danceable traditional Cuban music at its best, enjoy our original and classic Son Montunos and Guajiras - your certain to get up and dance.
Genre: Latin: New York Salsa
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cubanoson
Papo Ortega presents Cubanoson
4:45 $0.99
2. Monsieur Jose
Papo Ortega presents Cubanoson
4:33 $0.99
3. Recordando A Cuba
Papo Ortega presents Cubanoson
5:23 $0.99
4. En La Campiña
Papo Ortega presents Cubanoson
4:51 $0.99
5. No Te Preocupes
Papo Ortega presents Cubanoson
4:29 $0.99
6. Que Mala Suerte
Papo Ortega presents Cubanoson
5:02 $0.99
7. Guajiro Soy
Papo Ortega presents Cubanoson
4:54 $0.99
8. Son Bailadores
Papo Ortega presents Cubanoson
5:03 $0.99
9. Mujeres De Mayari
Papo Ortega presents Cubanoson
4:54 $0.99
10. Lagrimas Negras
Papo Ortega presents Cubanoson
4:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
Cubanoson is a traditional Cuban dance orchestra as created by pianist, Leonel “Papo” Ortega. This musically inspired pianist and composer has enjoyed the privilege of working alongside several exceptional musicians, among them, Roberto Rodriguez, Chico Alvarez, Junior Rivera, Jose Fajardo and Candido Camero. Cubanoson unites the “Punto Cubano” and the “Son Montuno” bringing danceable Cuban music to any event, (public or private), concert or festival. The purpose of this orchestra is to unite the talent and dedication of excellent contemporary musicians, (true exponents of our roots), to offer and express our traditional Cuban music to all cultural venues. Cubanoson honors the great artists who have bestowed upon us the utmost musical education. To them and others who have passed on our music through generations, we will continue honoring them with New York’s Cuban dance orchestra, Cubanoson!

This compilation consists of 10 selections of old style traditional Cuban music. It includes 3 compositions by composer and friend Silvio Cebrian, (Monsieur Jose, En la Campiña and No Te Preocupes.) (Side note) Monsieur Jose is a great tune with a new arrangement in which I added some French lyrics and coros, for our European and Canadian friends, and as a special treat, singer Ronnie Baro added his unmistakable voice and French verbiage to introduce this song.

The compilation additionally includes new arrangements of Lagrimas Negras, composed by Miguel Matamoros, Que Mala Suerte, by Arsenio Rodriguez, and Mujeres de Mayari composed by Francisco Repilado known as Compay Segundo to the music world.

The last 4 songs are all original compositions. Son Bailadores, composed by singer and friend, Mario J. Ortiz, music by Papo, resulted in the creation of an old-style guaguanco. Two other songs, Guajiro Soy, a guajira, and the title track Recordando a Cuba, that tribute the 6 original Cuban provinces, were co-written by me and my uncle Sergio Sori. Lastly, Son Cubanoson is a son montuno written by me to introduce the Cubanoson orchestra to the world.

Thank you and enjoy Recordando a Cuba.

Papo Ortega



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A. Mendez

Recordando A Cuba - Magnificent
I've just ordered a copy of your CD Recordando a Cuba (and I don't even own a CD player!) and I just had to write you a few lines and tell you how magnificent and really Cuban your piano playing is, and how much I enjoyed listening to Guajiro Soy and Recordando a Cuba.

DJ Michael "El Rumbero" Peters

Absolute Spitzenklasse
In diesem Monat gibt es schon wieder kubanische Musik und es ist wiederum keine Timba. Kuba hat eben noch mehr zu bieten. Diesmal geht es um Son Cubano. Unbedarfte mögen da gleich an Buena Vista denken. Ich nicht. Buena Vista war nett und hat sicherlich afrokubanische Musik weltweit etwas populärer gemacht, aber Son Cubano kann auch anders klingen. Moderner, frischer. Es muss nicht immer die Mottenkistennummer sein. Und es muss nicht unbedingt direkt aus Kuba kommen. Und auch nicht aus Miami. Die CD "Recordando A Cuba" ist eine Homage an Cuba. Es gibt liebevolle Neuinterpretationen von klassischen kubanischen Songs wie Lagrimas Negras aber auch viele Neukompositionen. Zu nennen wäre da der Titelsong "Recordando A Cuba". Der wie kein anderer Song auf der CD vom Papos's Piano getrieben wird. So klingt Kuba! Na und das Piano-Solo, was für ein Genuss. Und was für eine witzige musikalische Anspielung (Guantanamera). Fazit: Was für eine tolle CD! Keine Schwächen, kein Leerlauf - und 100 % Cubano!

Carlos A. Maitin

One of the very best compositions in a long time.
Cubanoson composition is one that has been long awaited by the people. The energy and the traditional Son are felt with each song in a very special and unique way. This CD is a must for all who to have and enjoy.

Cécile Beauchemin et Roger Lapalme

L'orchestration est parfaite
Nous a fait découvrir votre magnifique album Recordando a Cuba. Nous sommes sous le charme et ne cessons de l'écouter! L'orchestration est parfaite. Nous sommes éblouis par le piano, mais aussi par les cuivres, les percussions... On sent la saveur de Cuba, on retrouve ce qui nous fait tant aimer ce pays! Merci pour le plaisir qu'il nous donne. Cécile et Roger

DJ Pablo Iglesias Iron Horse Night Club Northampton, MA

You guys really nailed it!
I LOVE this CD man! You guys really nailed it, this is terrific! I am definitely going to play this HOT album at Latin Night & when I get on the radio.

Pablo Yglesias

BP Editor of Descarga. com

Editor's Pick - A very special acquisition.
Nice! An unexpected, all embracing, son-salsa release in the style of the best classic SAR recordings. In fact, most of the arrangements here are done by Manolo Albo, one of the originators (Along with Roberto Torres and Sergio Bofil) of the SAR dynasty. The brainchild of pianist-singer Leonel "Papo" Ortega, Cubanoson sports deep rich tres driven grooves (Junior Rivera) fronted by seasoned singers who know what they're doing: Ernest "Chico" Alvarez,another SAR star, and the legendary Ronnie Baro (Africando, SonSublime, Broadway, Barretto etc.) who here revives the classic "Monsieur Jose" — remember that from the recently reissued classic Sonido Solido? "Papo" Ortega can spin a fine, inviting, montuno, and sports a just-right vocal timber to fit right in with his other first-line singers. Cubanoson has all the elements of the best old school dance material, and is earmarked to become a classic. With percussionist Luisito Quintero. bassist Willie Cintron, trumpeter and musical director Roberto Rodríguez and others who help to make this one a very special acquisition.
Very Highly Recommended.

DJ Lubi -

Kicking Cuban Son with Salsa flavour!
This super popular 2006 release “Recordando A Cuba” caught the imagination of all salsa dance tribes – on1, on2, mambo, Cuban. Kicking Cuban son with that salsa flavour which joined the dots to past New York son maestros like Pacheco & Pete “Conde”, Roberto Torres and his SAR label and Henry Fiol.


Dancers Delight
As an avid NYC Salsa dancer I strongly recomend this CD. Each song makes you want to dance non-stop.

Ed Castaneda

Cuban Music Lives!
Last Saturday it was my pleasure to hear Papo Ortega's CubanoSon perform live at the Westgate Lounge, a popular Latin music and dance club in Westchester, New York, that features the best Latin bands including the best of the new. CubanoSon performed songs from their new CD Recordando a Cuba. This new recording brings a fresh interpretation to a highly danceable style of music known as the “Son”. The Son originated in Cuba in the early part of the 1900’s and was popularized by orchestras like Arsenio Rodríguez y Su Conjunto, La Orquesta Aragon, Sonora Matanzera and José Fajardo y Su Orquesta. This musical style spread like wild fire throughout the world and gave birth to El Son Montuno, and along with El Punto Cubano, is the origins of what we now know as Salsa and Charanga. Here is proof of the Son’s powerful influence on Latin music today. Take a wonderfully fresh and modern musical journey through the heart, soul and rhythms of Cuba. Bravo CubanoSon!


Un CD fantastico!!!
L'ho comprato per caso su iTunes... ed è stato il miglior acquisto che abbia mai fatto!
per chi come me è anche un ballerino di salsa cubana poi è il massimo... non smetti mai di ballare!!

well done, Papo!!! :)
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