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Rarely has a pianist conveyed so much passion and conviction through his playing. His improvisation skills are almost untouchable and his control over his instrument is awe inspiring. This album is a not as fresh as his debut album but it stil keeps with the spirit of the original Egrem recordings that gave birth to the quintessential Buena Vista Social Club. If you must pick one song on this album, make it Choco's Guajira where González joyfully keeps time with Cachaito on Bass, a real demonstration of what can happen when musicians let themselves be inspired by the moment. A real gem.


Born: May 26, 1919 in Encrucijada, Cuba

Genre: Latino

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Rubén González was one of the last of Cuba's great Afro-Cuban piano players. Although he had played and recorded with the band led by Enrique Jorrín, the creator of the cha-cha, for a quarter of a century, he had retired from music by the mid-'80s. Things began to change when González recorded with the Afro-Cuban All Stars in 1996. The album, A Toda Cuba Le Gusta, released the following year, helped to inspire an international fascination for Afro-Cuban music and brought González to the attention...
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