Ibrahim Ferrer

The members of the Buena Vista Social Club have maintained their public appeal throughout their sensational debut, five years ago. Impassioned vocalist, Ibrahim Ferrer is perhaps the most recognizable component of this trendy geriatric Latin ensemble. The music o­n "Buenos Hermanos" still evokes the same emotions conveyed o­n Ferrer's previous album, released four years ago.  There is a unique component to Ferrer's vocals that sets him apart from other Latin crooners.  This time around acclaimed musician / producer, Ry Cooder is joined by a host of gifted musicians, including: "Chucho" Valdes, Jim Keltner, the omnipresent Cuban bass genius Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez and the Blind Boys of Alabama.  Twelve beautifully arranged mostly original numbers are played to perfection here. The CD's upbeat opening song "Boquinene" drifts smoothly into the Santanaesque title track "Buenos Hermanos."  The silky smooth and emotive "Perfume de Gardinias" and "Mil Congojas" are a wonderful treat for the senses.  The mixture of up-tempo songs and slower ballads keeps our ears perked, however the passionate slower material is what makes this album a true original.

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