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Fango Dance

by Elmer Ferrer Band

Fango Dance is a mix between blues rock, rock instrumental all with undertones of jazz/blues and rock with cuban percussion. Fango dance contains covers of SRVs Couldn't Stand The Weather and the Lennon/McCartney song "Come Together".
Genre: Blues: Jazzy Blues
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1. Satch A Rina
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2. El Mar no descansa
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3. Crazy Window
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4. Couldn't Stand the Weather
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5. Leopardo Negro
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6. Natural Hardware
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7. Come Together
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8. E-Blues
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9. Estatica
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10. Apagon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Courtesy of Midnight Special Blues Radio (ms-blues.com)

The Elmer Ferrer Band is led by Havana based guitarist and composer Elmer Ferrer - one of the most active studio musicians in Cuba. Born in 1973 in Sancti Spiritus, he was accepted into a state music academy in his home town at age 12. After four years of studying classical guitar, he moved to Havana to finish his senior years of education as an electric guitarist. Very soon he started to perform in albums and concerts of Cuba's most renown solo artists and bands. Elmer has toured South America playing to crowds in excess of 90,000 and has played many european festivals as sideman for a number of Cuban musicians. He has recorded with many of the best cuban artists including cuban supergroup Los VanVan.
In 2003, his own debut album Metrópoli, released on a local Unicornio label, had marked a take off for his international success. The ten-piece album demonstrates flexibility and eclectism of Elmer's musical skills and preferences: from electric jazz-, blues- and hard-rock to acoustic folk. Metrópoli has won the Opera Prima Award and a nomination for the Best Jazz Album.

In July 2005, his band made it's international debut at the Ottawa Bluesfest opening for Kid Rock. His second solo album Fango Dance was released at this festival and was number 5 in units sold at the festival. He currently has a recording contract with Johnston Records, an indie label, out of Ottawa, whose owner Billy ("Bartonbilly") Johnston is now manager of the Elmer Ferrer Band. "I'd never seen an electric guitarist like Ferrer before. Honestly, I don't think I've ever seen better," Billy Johnston says of this first exposure to Elmer's music. "It inspired me to later create my own label and produce this album." Critics have compared Elmer Ferrer's guitar skills to those of music legends like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

For his first creative partnership with Billy Johnston, Elmer wanted to produce an authentic, American blues-rock album. In order to make the record sound authentic, he wanted North American vocalists. Those vocalists ended up being Peter Voith, Shawn Tavenier and Anders Drerup of Ottawa. The three play in a cover band called Bourbon Brothers that performs at The Highlander Pub every Wednesday night.

The three Canadians found Elmer Ferrer to be a gracious host, but also a workhorse. During rehearsals for the album, the Canadian singers spent one week jamming with the Elmer Ferrer Band (Jalidan Ruiz Castro - percussions, Ahmed Mitchell - drums, Alexis Bosch - keyboards, and Juan Pablo Domínguez - bass) in Elmer's humble Havana home. The second week, the Cuban-Canadian ensemble spent midnight to 8 a.m. shifts in the Abdala studios to lay down tracks for their album. What emerged from the sessions was a number of original songs, as well as Elmer's take on two classics, "Couldn't Stand the Weather" by Stevie Ray Vaughan and "Come Together" by The Beatles. The cover art for Fango Dance, a rendition of Elmer against the backdrop of a Cuban map, was created by world-famous Cuban artist and Elmer's friend Ibrahim Miranda, assisted by designers Diego Monzón and Daniel Delgado.

From Everywhere. Fragments curtesy of Chris Lackner (The Ottawa Citizen) and Tony Basanta..

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Dan

Amazing!
Saw them live in Ottawa and loved their sound... had to have the CD. The band reminds me of our vacation in Cuba.
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JC Weyman

Elmer is the next big thing!
Subtle tone combined with raw power; muscle with real musicianship; potent production - this record has it all. Elmer Ferrer has a long career ahead of him and ranks among the best players in the world. Check it out now before he becomes the next big thing!
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Maria del Carmen Alvarez

The website is great, can't wait to lisent to the CD
Oh my God!! I am so very proud of Elmer...he is great, great music but his interpretation is a master piece.
Love you Elmer!
Tu prima.
MAO
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Irving Diaz

This music is nothing less than AWESOME!!!!
This is what happens,when you put a guitar in the hands of a musician with such background.This guy is telling to the world(with his fingers)that music is a lot more, than all those well know music styles we know.Five Stars for you Elmer and your music.Wating for your next Cd.
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Kim

Love them live...love the CD!!
Saw the EFB first time last year, Ottawa Bluesfest, went back 3 times just to see them....and again this year!! Couldn't wait to get the CD....love it....can listen to them whenever I want until I get to see them live at Bluesfest again!!
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Stuie Winkelman

Awesome CD, buy it now. Period!
This CD is so full of good music, great composition and fat attitude, that it is flat out addicting! It has been on my cd player non-stop for the last 2 weeks, and it ain't gettin' off anytime soon. Elmer has one of the best guitar tones going, so fat and juicy it just knocked me out! I can't wait for the next release, but this one is KILLER! Go buy it now!!!
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Arleen y Carlos

Thank you from Tampa Florida
Very nice CD! I bought the first one, Metropoli (10 Stars) and now I have this one very nice CD, the Gringo in my work can believe that is music made in CUBAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Love and Peace.
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Sebastien Bergeron

Great sound
Great blues album... I love the remake of the Beatles song "Come Together". I saw them live in Mont-Tremblant (Québec) at the blues festival, amazing show!
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Larry S. Hochman

Unbelievable
Saw the Band at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in July/07. CD’s sold out. Had to get one. Fantastic blues & rock. Unbelievable sounds. Great vocals. Hope to see more CD’s and performances.
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Carryl

lovin it guys
Heard these guys live in Montreal and then got their newest CD. Elmer's guitar is totally hot.... can't wait till they release their next...sure to be even better. Rock on!
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