Lágrimas Negras

Lágrimas Negras

by Bebo & Cigala, Bebo & CigalaBebo & Cigala


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This slight, unassuming gem is more than it seems. The initial hook is the odd-couple pair of Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés, the octogenarian père of Chucho, and Diego "El Cigala," the young flamenco vocalist. The initial expectations may be that the two would attempt some kind of flamenco-son fusion. But that's not what's happened at all. El Cigala merely interprets the warhorses of the Latin American songbook -- it's like a scene out of an Almodóvar movie, an absurd and tender meeting in a piano bar between an elderly black man and a young, long-haired rock deity. But wait! The pair have stumbled upon something of aesthetic and musicological significance that lasts long after the disc's sweetly brief running time. It's hard to argue with the tension of opposites manifest in the cantaor's rough-hewn vocals - even with his whisper, you could file your nails -- and the courtly touch of the veteran piano player. Astringent and soothing, it's like lemon and honey, ginger and jasmine. Musicologically, the pair pay tribute to underappreciated sympathies. The bolero -- the ballad tradition of Cuba and, by extension, Mexico, Argentina, and Puerto Rico -- is often thought to be the most "Spanish" form of the island's miscegenated music. But in fact, this form, with its antecedents in French dance, African rhythms, and Islamic poetry, is as much a mix as the Afro-Cuban Valdés and Spanish Gypsy Cigala. The hybrid's been there forever, and the duo make it sound that way, too. Listen through the ages, and hear the deep, tango bass lines hailing from Africa, the ornaments imported from Europe, the dueling Moorish poets of al-Andaluz. This is musical paleontology at its loveliest.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/01/2004
Label: Sony Bmg Europe
UPC: 0828765308625
catalogNumber: 653086
Rank: 17471

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bebo & Cigala   Primary Artist
Bebo Valdés   Piano,Vocals
Caetano Veloso   Vocals
Paquito D'Rivera   Alto Saxophone
Milton Cardona   Coro
Javier Colina   Bass,Double Bass
Orlando "Puntilla" Rios   Coro
Tata Güines   Conga
Niño Josele   Guitar
Pedro Martinez   Coro
Federico Britos   Violin
Changuito   Timbales
Rickard Valdés   Cajon
Israel "Piraña" Porrina   Cajon
Pancho Terry   Chekere
Diego el Cigala   Vocals
Bebo & Cigala   Primary Artist
Dieguito El Cigala   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jim Anderson   Engineer
Eric Schilling   Engineer
Pepe Loeches   Engineer
Fernando Trueba   Producer,Executive Producer
Nat Chediak   Executive Producer
Javier Limón   Producer,Engineer

Customer Reviews

Lágrimas Negras 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this album, from the very start. The rhumba, smooth flamenco and shades of tango, will carry you away. Although flamenco and rhumba are historically related and seem to blend naturally; you'll most likely be impressed by this marriage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a sensual delight that I found vivifying. I had a familiarity with most of the titles on the CD presented by other artist, but I was at once captivated by the intimate vocals of "El Cigala" and the artistry of the legendary Bebo Valdés and how these phenomenal men work together in a rebirth of so many old favorites.