Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall – Rolling Stone
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Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall

In 1998, the aging members of this Cuban collective realized a lifelong dream: playing to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall. That show, captured on this two-disc set, is even more emotionally engaging than the group’s eponymous album, which triggered a worldwide Latin-jazz revival. Highlights include a fiery vocal workout on “El Cuarto de Tula”; the intoxicating folk of “Orgullecida,” featuring Ry Cooder’s Hawaiian-style slide guitar; the wistful bolero “Dos Gardenias,” sung with delicate nuance by Ibrahim Ferrer; and Omara Portuondo’s spirited “Quizás, Quizás.” Just as exuberant is the part of Disc Two dominated by the jazz-infused playing of pianist Rubén González, whose spiraling solos bring roars from the crowd.

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