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05 October 2012

Traba Lengua

This may initially seem out of place, but Cuban music had a large impact on dance and swing music in the 1930s. So much so, that Chick Bullock even recorded a dozen tunes under the name Chiquito Bullo (both with Don Azpiazu and Antobal's Cubans). The Tumbao catalogue looks very interesting, I only wish I could get them all. Sexteto Habanero (a major influence on the band featured today) and many artists from the 40s onward have been released.

The Caney Quartet was founded in the early thirties in New York City by Cuban musician Fernando Storch (professional name, Fernando Caney). In 1925 Caney organized a group in Havana called the Krazy Kats, and when times got tough, he moved to the US in 1927 where he worked in a Ford Factory before resuming music after a three-year hiatus.

1930 was the year that Cuban music caught on in America, with much credit to Don Azpiazu. His recording of El Manisero, sung by Antonio Machin, created a sensation and the rhumba was the "in" thing from that moment on. With a repertoire based on the pure style of Cuban son musicians, the band signed with Columbia Records in 1936 and recorded over 100 songs over the next six years.

Despite having been conceived as a quartet and keeping that name throughout its history, the band's format actually grew to become a septet. In the late 30s, songs such as Clarivel, Cantando, Maleficio and Lamento Jarocho, were heard daily on radio stations in Santo Domingo, Havana and Puerto Rico. The band toured Venezuela and the United States but, oddly, never played in Havana or Puerto Rico.

The Cuarteto (or Sexteto) Caney included singers such as Panchito Riset singers, Tito Rodriguez, Johnny Lopez, Alfredito Valdés, Bobby Capo and Machito. This group was heir to Antonio Machin following his departure from New York for Spain. With numerous recordings during this era, the Caney Cuarteto defined a fundamental part of the Cuban sound and Latin music in the United States. This set starts off with probably my favorite, Perfidia. Everybody rhumba! +


01. Perdidia
02. La Chiquita Me Gusto
03. Nocturnal
04. Ella, Tu y Yo
05. Caminos de Ayer
06. Fe y Adoración
07. De Amor No Se Muere Nadie
08. Noche de Luna
09. Traba Lengua
10. Incertidumbre
11. No Puedo Quererte Más
12. Entre Lirios y Claveles
13. Tumbame Con un Besito
14. La Guajira Micaela
15. Juramento en las Tinieblas
16. Guajira Guantanamera
17. Lamento Jarocho
18. Sinceridad
19. Tupi