Magazine article New Internationalist

[Ochoa, Eliades. Tributo Al Cuarteto Patria]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Ochoa, Eliades. Tributo Al Cuarteto Patria]

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by Eliades Ochoa

(Virgin 8496350 CD)

A stripling of 53 years of age, guitarist Eliades Ochoa is the youngest member of Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club. But if anyone, pointing to the wealth of solo albums that have followed in the wake of Wim Wenders' film, suggests that Ochoa is cashing in, refer them to Tributo al Cuarteto Patria pronto.

Recorded to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Cuarteto Patria, the band which Ochoa has infused with his mellow guajiro (country) sound, Tributo occupies an intriguing position between old and new. Its music is often traditional and versions can be found elsewhere. However, Ochoa's skill lies in his ability to make a translation into new tone and timbres. So 'Yiri Yiri Bon', a dance number that could have been preserved in perfect late-1950s aspic, is opened out to new influences. …

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