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Puente a la mar

by Cascada de Flores

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Se fue 04:17
Perdon 05:24
Nunca 03:46
La llorona 05:19
Amor mio 03:51


Winter, 2004. Puente a la Mar -- Sound Recording Review
Without a doubt, if you visit certain places in Mexico it is easy to imagine yourself in Cuba. Try the zocalo on a weekend, when there is a 50 piece orchestra playing the old danzones and the whole square full of couples who know and treasure the old rituals associated with the dance (ladies, don't forget your fan!). After the orchestra packs up, nip around the corner and into an almost hidden courtyard to el Rincon for smaller live bands and a less formal dancing experience. When Cascada de Flores states their Puente a la Mar (Bridge to the Sea) represents the connections between Cuban, Puerto Rican and Mexican trios, they tread gracefully on earth well-tamped by many dancing feet.

The Cascada itself is not of the commonest three singing guys with various guitars species. Rather one very proficient guitarist, Jorge Liceaga, who carries the melody for vocal duo Arwen Lawrence de Castellanos and Sabra Weber. The former adds another guitar line and the latter rachets up the Cubanismo with her charanga style flute lines and claves. A pity that Miguel Govea is only a guest on trumpet and trombone. The trumpet line he adds to "Hermosa Manana" is sweetly nostalgic, carrying us not only across the water but time as well, to Cuba of a century ago. The track right before that is purely Mexican, a version of the Llorona tale as sung in isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca. The boleros salted throughout the CD demonstrate the finesse of the vocalists, Yet, there is also great fun in the teasing, uptempo "Sobre Una Tumba Una Rumba." Each song has an explanation of its history, so it's possible to learn the roots while listening to experts play music they clearly love.--Mary Armstrong


released January 1, 2002

Recorded by Mark Lemaire at Canyon Studios, Oakland, CA
Mastered by Ken Lee

Jorge LIceaga (guitar, tres cubano, chorus, arrangements)
Arwen Lawrence (voz prima of duet, rhythm guitar)
Sabra Weber (voz segunda of duet, flute, maracas, claves)

Most special guests:
Roberto Borrell (Tumbadora, Bongo & chorus )
Miguel Govea ( Trumpet, Trombone & chorus )
Livan Ramirez-Montoya ( Upright Bass & chorus )
Sage Baggott ( Bongo & chorus )


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