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Septeto Nacional Ignacio Pineiro's Sin Rumba No Hay Son!
Global A Go-Go
By Bill Lupoletti
ARTIST: Septeto Nacional Ignacio Pineiro
TITLE: Sin Rumba No Hay Son!
LABEL: World Village
REVIEW: Continuity with the tradition is a prized value in Cuban music. And few bands offer more continuity than Septeto Nacional, founded by namesake Ignacio Pineiro in 1927 and now on its fourth generation of members. Pineiro is the guy who added trumpet to rural son music, infused folkloric rumba rhythms and produced the urbanized sound called son Habanero, the direct predecessor of today’s salsa explosion. Although this group plays a number of Pineiro’s compositions (tracks 4, 9 and 13) and carries his name, it’s not merely a revival or tribute ensemble. This is a living musical tradition with elements being added and changed all the time. USA audiences got a taste of Septeto Nacional’s sound earlier this year on their first American tour since 1933 (!!), and now here’s a fine new recording that adds to their legend. Check out the terrific guest vocal by Bertha Portuondo (Omara’s younger sister) on track 9.
RECOMMENDED TRACKS: 1 9 11 13