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Editors’ Notes

The music of Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and Africa come together on Concha Buika’s El Último Trago. Buika, who was born on the Spanish island of Mallorca to parents from Equatorial Guinea, has been getting attention in the last few years for her modern take on flamenco. Her main accompanist on Trago is the pianist Chucho Valdés, a venerable Afro-Cuban jazz musician, and the two, along with other musicians, team up to perform songs associated with the legendary Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas. Flamenco and ranchera are quite different, but both styles require passionate intensity, and Buika is more than up to the task of interpreting these classics. On “Soledad,” Buika is backed by an Afro-Cuban groove, with Valdés bringing an almost classical feel to some of his runs, while the gloomy “Sombras” gets a jazzy bolero reading. Who knew you could bring jazz and classical elements to this great Mexican style without watering down its potency? One reason the album works so well is the contrast between Valdés’s cool piano, and Buika’s finely tuned emotionality. El Último Trago is a must-have for fans of Latin music.

Customer Reviews

Outstanding CD

Buika brings to the table her unique Spanish soul then you add Chucho Valdes' lovely classic piano playing. You end up with a must have CD that you will be playing for years to come.

que el amor es simple y a las cosas simples las debora el tiempo.....

There's no way to describe this album, it's just AMAZING.
I'm a guy who listens normally to other kinds of music, specially indie/alternative pop-rock, but always keeping my mind open, because I feel in the end that music, is music.
Well this is not an easy listen, boleros are sad, melancholic and sometimes u re not in that mood, or u think u re not.
They talk about broken hearts, about people who lost everything. But they are just beautiful.
Buika is a black spanish woman, who's parents are originary from Senegal, she is a very smart and nice person.
She has not only an incredible beautiful broken voice but also a extremely big talent to sing this difficult kind of music, and I say difficult because most of singers who try to sing this kind of music normally they don't transmit nothing, they sing like they were singing any other thing, and this music needs a deep soul and a big brain.
Some times u can feel in the air a flavor to Chavela Vargas who has been the biggest singer of boleros ever, but she does not try to copy her, it's just that she feels so well this music that it comes to a level similar to the great Costarican singer.
Although this is a fresh breeze for this type of music and the boleros are just awesome,
JUst listen las simples cosas, is the most beautiful song ever. I don't know who was the writer but is just awesome, I think the first singer was Mercedes Sosa. It's like a poem from Machado or Joan MAragall.

Incredible talent

A truly amazing singer. My spanish is limited, but when she sings, you can feel the passion in her unique voice.
She is fun, sad, haunting, romantic all at once, buy them all! You will love her,
I promise you.

El Último Trago (Con Chucho Valdes), Buika
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