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Fotos: Tom Ehrlich : 10-24-15-yoshis
Reportes: Report From Chicago
Resenas: Scenes From Life: Cuba!
Fotos: Tom Ehrlich : 10-2515 Rohnert Park
Fotos: Tom Ehrlich : Chucho Valdes Irakere...
Fotos: Tom Ehrlich : Havana Part 1
Resenas: Tribute to Irakere [Live in Mar...
Fotos: Tom Ehrlich : 1-12-15-havana
Fotos: Tom Ehrlich : 10-11-15-cienfuegos
Resenas: Parafrasear - (EGREM) Released ...
Giras: Revé, Orquesta
Giras: Emilio Frias "El Niño" y La Ve...
Giras: Maykel Blanco y Salsa Mayor
Giras: Charanga Habanera
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History and Discography of Irakere - 1983 - Calzada de cerro
Areíto LD-4053 -- La colección Volume VII
12 y 23 is a nice, but tame dance track and Calzada de Cerro, in spite of its very Cuban-sounding title, sounds like a warmed over version of Clare Fisher's over-played Latin jazz lounge standard Morning. But just when one's timba-centric attention span starts to run out, along comes El tata, (source - Vol. VII is currently unavailable), discussed in the previous section, to remind us how deeply indebted timba is to Irakere. It's a very satisfying fusion of batá and the type of Irakere dance groove that most directly pre-dates NG and the other timba bands of the 90s.
The album ends with a trio of tracks based on Arsenio Rodríguez compositions, a jazz ballad based on La vida es un sueño, an abstract solo piano version of Dile a Catalina, and a remake of the 1981 Catalina arrangement, but without the piano intro and with different soloists.