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Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Recommended Soundboard All Ages

When: Wed., Aug. 12, 8:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $38-$65
In March, World Circuit released Lost and Found, a kind of odds-and-sods collection of live and previously unissued recordings by the Buena Vista Social Club. On the heels of that album, the Cuban nostalgia juggernaut makes its final visit to the U.S. in the process of ending a run that started in 1996 and helped popularize the island’s vintage sounds like nothing had since the cold war began. No less than half a dozen of the group’s most esteemed and vibrant members have died since it formed, including pianist Ruben Gonzalez, singers Ibrahim Ferrer and Compay Segundo, and bassist Orlando “Cachaito” Lopez, but these artists are captured on the new record, where they’re among its most riveting contributors. Gonzalez’s elegance and drive are crystal clear on his solo reading of “Como Siento Yo,” and Ferrer is a force of nature on a live recording of the Arsenio Rodriguez gem “Bruca Manigua,” balancing his creamy, sensuous delivery with an improvisatory brio that sends waves of seductive, spontaneous elaboration over the written melody. Here the group kicks off its farewell tour with a lineup that includes ringers like singer Omara Portuondo, guitarist Eliades Ochoa, laud maestro Barbarito Torres, and trumpeter Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal. —Peter Margasak



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