Silvio Rodríguez

Dias Y Flores: Song of the Nueva Trova Cubana

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Silvio Rodriquez, one of Cuba's finest guitarists, tried to link the music in his homeland with newer styles from Latin America on 1975's Dias Y Flores, issued on compact disc in 1988 by Hannibal. The results were both intriguing and uneven; the playing was always impressive, but sometimes the vocals seemed unfocused or rambled, with Rodriquez and company trying to fit their work into styles they weren't thoroughly familiar with. But most of this is gripping, magical material, particularly the sections where Rodriquez's guitar and the rhythms laid down by Leoginaldo Pimentel, Ignacio Berroa, Norberto Carrillo, and Daniel Aldama converge.

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