Album: Que Tiene Que Te Mueve
Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor
I’ve been a fan of Maykel Blanco since seeing them rock Havana’s Revolution Square at Delirio Piano Bar in Habana many moons ago and was ecstatic to see them play an unbelievable matinee at the Casa De Musica Miramar recently. Needlessly to say, I was excited to hear about this new release. For fans of salsa and timba it should be considered essential listening. It’s `all killer no filler` but there are songs that stand out as instant classics, including Ya Tu No Coronas, the title track Que Tiene Que Te Meueve that I recall was a particularly incendiary live number at their matinee, the rumba-inflected La Cafetera – a challenging dance number for the yumas in the room, and, closing out the album, Ya Se Acabó. Strong songwriting, strong grooves, and quality production makes this as an indispensable contribution to the canon of Cuban timba in my estimation, and my personal favorite release of 2019 thus far.
In other music news Alain Perez, Alexander Abreu and Mayito Rivera have just released a new album, A Romper El Coco, paying tribute to some of the great musical ensembles and composers in Cuban history. I’m listening to it as I write this and it sounds phenomenal.