Rico's Creole Band - Cuba in Paris 1947-1951
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Rico's Creole Band
Cuba in Paris 1947-1951
Fr�meaux & Associ�s (www.fremeaux.com)

The influence of French chamber music on Cuban son and charanga is well known, and returning the favor, Parisians have long cultivated a taste for the "exotic" sounds of the African Diaspora. Havana-born bandleader, composer-arranger, flautist and saxophonist Filiberto Rico performed and recorded with house bands in Copenhagen and Paris in the late 1920s, including Orquesta T�pica Cubana, led by the legendary Mois�s Sim�n. Rico then formed his own Creole Band, recording from 1930 until war forced him to abandon Paris in 1941. Returning in 1946, he became a mainstay of the postwar caf� scene of Paris and the C�te d'Azur. This two-CD set comprises an extensive and historically significant array of remastered recordings from the 1947-1951 period, documenting the suave, tongue-in-cheek performance style, light-hearted spirit and now-classic Cuban repertoire that gained international popularity during that era. While Rico employed mostly Cuban players, he recognized the commercial value of recruiting occasional French and Spanish artists to broaden his appeal, particularly a succession of French female vocalists who gave his band a unique sound. Numerous archival photographs and informative French- and English-language notes round out this delightful addition to the history of expatriate Cuban music in Europe, well before the present Buena Vista era. - Michael Stone

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