¡Cubanismo!

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Led by Jesús Alemañy, the all-star ¡Cubanismo! orchestra plays sizzling dance tunes full of swaggering horn charts and wild polyrhythms that recall the vintage big-band son sound, traditional rumba, cha-cha, and lesser known danzón and pa’ca rhythms arranged in the descarga (jam) tradition developed by Cuban jazz players of the 1940s. Utterly different from the genre known as Latin jazz, ¡Cubanismo! features danceable music from beginning to end, celebrating the legacy of Cuban music in other dance styles from around the world. The Cuban son, which dates back to the turn of the century, is the root of much of the up-tempo international pop music from African soukous to New York salsa.

Jesús Alemañy was born in Guanabacoa, a municipality of Havana where many of the finest Cuban musicians have come from, including Rita Montaner, Bola de Nieve and Ernesto Lecuona. At the age of fifteen, Alemañy began playing in carnival comparsas and was invited to join the legendary band Sierra Maestra. He soon met Joe Boyd, the founder of Hannibal records, who proposed a project called ¡Cubanismo! that would present new Cuban music to the American and European markets. Alemañy continues to travel the world with his band and is one of the most respected Cuban musicians of our times.

“Jesús Alemañy, a precise and charismatic trumpeter with the regal bearing of Miles Davis and the funky precise flow of Fats Navarro.”—Village Voice

“Cubanismo´s electrifying performance underscored the incredible depth of music that has sprung from Cuba this century.”—Boston Herald
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