Saturday, 19 October 2013


Lágrimas Negras is a 2003 album by Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger Bebo Valdés and famous Spanish flamenco singer Diego El Cigala. Lágrimas Negras is a fusion of Cuban rhythms and flamenco vocals, produced by Spanish book editor, screenwriter, film director and producer Fernando Trueba and released by Calle 54 Records, S.L. and BMG Music Spain.

As reviewed by Jon Lusk in BBC Music: "It's kind of ironic, but sometimes ideas are so blindingly obvious that, for a long time, nobody "sees" them, although not invisible to any human.'' That's the case when, in late 2002, thirty six-year-old Diego Jimenez Salazar, nicknamed 'El Cigala' with his extraordinary sobbing voice team up with Bebo Valdés who was old enough (then 83 years old) to be Cigala's grandfather, his pensive piano is the perfect foil for the fiery young singer. 

"They're joined by a small crew of musical extras who deftly colour in these virtuoso all-acoustic sketches without ever intruding. So much so that on first listen, you hardly notice when they're not thereon "Vete de Mí", the only song with just piano and voice. Javier Colina - bass; Israel Porrina " Pirana" - cajon; El Nino Josele - guitar.

Dionisio Ramón Emilio Valdés Amaro (1918-2013), better known as Bebo Valdés, was a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger. He was a central figure in the golden age of Cuban music, led two famous big bands, and was one of the "house" arrangers for the Tropicana Club. During his career Bebo Valdés ] won seven Grammy Awards: two for El Arte del Sabor (2002), one for Lágrimas Negras (Black Tears), and two for Bebo de Cuba in 2006 (in the categories "Best Traditional Tropical Album" and "Best Latin Jazz Album".)

Diego Ramón Jiménez Salazar (born Madrid, 27 December 1968), known as El Cigala (Spanish for 'Norway Lobster', a shellfish popular in Spain), is a famous Spanish Romani Flamenco singer. As he himself has said, the nickname was given to him by three guitar players, Los Losada, for being very thin, not by Camarón de la Isla as commonly believed.

Born into a family of Spanish Gypsy artists and intellectuals in Madrid, El Cigala started singing in flamenco peñas (enthusiasts' clubs) and tablaos, until his excellent meter and ability to mark the rhythm caught the attention of world-class bailaores like Mario Maya, Faíco, Farruco, El Güito, Manuela Carrasco, Cristóbal Reyes, Carmen Cortés, Joaquín Cortés and he began touring as part of their companies. By the late nineties, having collaborated on recordings by Camarón, Tomatito, Gerardo Núñez and Vicente Amigo, he was ready to record his own CD. With the success of "Undebel" he launched his career as solo singer. He has now recorded 8 CDs and has won two Grammys and 5 Latin Grammy nominations

Original track listing:
1. Inolvidable (Unforgettable) Music & Lyrics by: Julio Gutierrez 3:20
2. Veinte Años (Twenty Years) Music & Lyrics by: María Teresa Vera 4:03
3. Lágrimas Negras (Black Tears) Music & Lyrics by: Miguel Matamoros 5:31
4. Nieblas del Riachuelo (Stream Fogs) Lyrics by: Enrique Cadícamo & Music by: Juan Carlos Cobián 3:07 5. Corazón Loco (Crazy Heart) Music & Lyrics by: Richard Dannenberg 3:54
6. Se Me Olvidó Que Te Olvidé (I Forgot That I Forget You) Music & Lyrics by: Lolita De La Colina 3:15 7. Vete de Mí (Go Away From Me) Music & Lyrics by: Homero Expósito, Virgilio Expósito 2:56
8. La Bien Pagá (The Well Rewarded) Lyrics by: Ramón Perelló / Music by: Juan Mostazo 8:58
9. Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar / Coraçao Vagabundo (I Know I'll Love You / Vagabound Heart) Lyrics by: Vinicius De Moraes Music by: Antonio Carlos Jobim / Music & Lyrics by: Caetano Veloso 4:19

I think (hope) all the tracks (plus a few more) are below, however in a slightly different order! If not, just buy the CD+DVD here!

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