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Alejandro Almenares Casa de Trova: Cuba 50’s

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Alejandro Almenares Casa De Trova: Cuba 50’s on 180g Import 2LP from Pure Pleasure

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La Casa de Trova. The house of the troubadours. It’s a place of almost mythical status in Cuban music, the home of so many of the glorious songs that have come out of the island. Even Paul McCartney has made his pilgrimage there. For Alejandro Almenares, it’s a place he visits every single day, still carrying his guitar as he goes to play and talk with friends. And it’s the inspiration behind his album Casa De Trova (Tumi Records, February 2014).

For Almenares, the connection to the house is deep. His musician father, Angel Sanchez Almenares, was one of the founders of the Casa. "I was there when it all began, too," he recalls. "I grew up listening to them playing there, the trovas and soneros. I’m 76 now. I’m the last of the founders still alive." It’s a house filled with memories of all the tunes that have filled the air over the years – and still do. As a child, Almenares took them all in as naturally as breathing. When he was 10 years old he began attending music school staying until he was 14, when he had to quit in order to work and help his parents.

Two years later he was a professional musician, playing the music his father had written and performed in groups like Los Taínos, Trio Oriente and Las Guitarras Internacionales. A lifetime of music, and, he adds, "so many bands that the number and names escape me now." If you’re a fan of the Buena Vista Social Club, this guy’s going to make them seem like a bunch of posers. Composer, vocalist and tres guitarist, Alejandro Almenares delivers the real thing from Cuba here on this set. This double vinyl set contains the same songs on each LP (although in different order); the difference is that the first features his rich and full voice, while the second features his material as (mostly) instrumentals. 

Flutes, percussion, violin, soprano sax, guitars and intermittent vocal choruses accompany Almenares on the gentle and fragrant instrumental takes of “No Critiques Al Nene” and “La Nina Que Yo Ame,” while vocalists Tony Rodon, Eva Grinan, Jose Cabrera and Ismael Borges deliver tales of passion on “Mujercita “Linda,” "A Tu Retrato,” “Te Vi Y Te Contemple” and “De Lo Que Quiero Saber” respectively. The simplicity of the old world charms are on abundant display here. No gimmicks, no frills, just earnest notes and, like the best of cooks, letting the simple ingredients do all the work in creating the flavor that makes your mouth water. Essential listening!    

Alejandro Almenares Casa De Trova - Cuba 50’s Track Listing:

LP1 - Vocals
1.  No critiques al nene
2.  La finca de Vila
3.  Mujercita linda
4.  Te vi y te contemple
5.  El son de Vicentico
6.  A tu retrato
7.  La chica de mi rosal
8.  Esa guitarra que suena
9.  Lechero
10. La nina que yo ame
11. De lo que quiero saber
12. Pepillito 
13. Con amor te pagare

LP2 - Instrumentals
1.  No critiques al nene
2.  El son de Vicentico
3.  Pepillito
4.  Te vi y te contemple
5.  Con amor te pagare
6.  Lechero
7.  A tu retrato
8.  Mujercita linda
9.  La chica de mi rosal
10. La nina que yo ame
11. De lo que quiero saber
12. Esa guitarra que suena
13. El mismo paso
14. La finca de Vila


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1. No critiques al nene
2. La finca de Vila
3. Mujercita linda
4. Te vi y te contemple
5. El son de Vicentico
6. A tu retrato
7. La chica de mi rosal
8. Esa guitarra que suena
9. Lechero
10. La nina que yo ame
11. De lo que quiero saber
12. Pepillito
13. Con amor te pagare


LP2 - Instrumentals
1. No critiques al nene
2. El son de Vicentico
3. Pepillito
4. Te vi y te contemple
5. Con amor te pagare
6. Lechero
7. A tu retrato
8. Mujercita linda
9. La chica de mi rosal
10. La nina que yo ame
11. De lo que quiero saber
12. Esa guitarra que suena
13. El mismo paso
14. La finca de Vila



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