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Kiki Valera - Vivencias en clave cubana - New Cuban Son album - Traditional Cuban Music

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CD Review: Vivencias en clave cubana (feat. Coco Freeman) - Kiki Valera
ORIGIN RECORDS - October 18, 2019
Catalog # Origin Records 82790 - UPC 805558279027
Review by Tom Ehrlich

Vivencias en clave cubana (feat. Coco Freeman)

Kiki Valera, a member of a well known Cuban son family, Familia Valera Miranda, was born, raised, and attended conservatory in the eastern part of Cuba.  He currently resides in Seattle, Washington, USA. He has just released his first recording as a leader, "Vivencias en clave cubana", an outstanding project with wonderful music, exquisite mastering, and great packaging.

Among the standout features of this project are Valera's skillfully arranged songs and superb cuatro solos along with the virtuosic singing and composing of ex-NG La Banda and Adalberto Alvarez y Su Son lead singer Coco Freeman, also from the eastern region of the island.  Kiki built is own Cuban cuatro which has 4 pairs of strings and differs from the more common Cuban tres with 3 pairs of strings and the Puerto Rican cuatro with 5 pairs of strings.

Cubanophiles will appreciate the wide variety of traditional Cuban genres, including son, guaracha, bolero and trova.

--Tom Ehrlich. photographer

Here is an authorized link to title track from the album and a "making of" on YouTube:

It is now avalilable on most digital platforms including:

Track List With Composers:
1. Mi son (Francisco José Freeman)
2. El caballo de Curingo (Francisco José Freeman & enrique Valera Alarcón)
3. El perro de Juan (Francisco José Freeman & enrique Valera Alarcón)
4. Ferecía (Francisco José Freeman)
5. Se quema la Chumbambá (Felix Miranda Valera)
6. Desenfreno (Francisco José Freeman)
7. Déjame al menos (Francisco José Freeman)
8. Homenaje a Panchita (Francisco José Freeman & enrique Valera Alarcón)
9. Para continuar (Francisco José Freeman)
10. El sinsonte (Francisco José Freeman & enrique Valera Alarcón)
11. Vivencias (Francisco José Freeman & enrique Valera Alarcón)
12. Berenjena y quimbombó (Francisco José Freeman & enrique Valera Alarcón)
13. Mi son (Radio Edit) (Francisco José Freeman)


Role - InstrumentName
Director, Cuatro, Guitar, Claves, Maracas, Coros Enrique "Kiki" Valera Alarcón
Lead Vocals Francisco José "Coco" Freeman
Lead Vocals  Carlos Cascante (Track 2)
Trumpet Alexis Baró
Bass José J. Alayo
Bass, Coro Yanill Nario (Tracks 2, 7, 9), (Tracks 2, 9)
Congas, Bongos Pedro Vargas
Coros Joshuah De Jesús
Coros Steve Guasch

Producer Naomi Bierman
Arrangements Enrique "Kiki" Valera Alarcón
Recording Engineer Enrique "Kiki" Valera Alarcón
Mixing Kiki Valera & Michael Lazarus
Mastering Michael Lazarus
Liner Notes Bill Tilford
Cover Design & Layout John Bishop
Art Consultation Deborah A. Guasch
Photography Alejandro Azcuy
Audiovisual David Hernández
Michael Lazarus - Sunday, 21 June 2020, 02:18 AM