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Una Noche con Rubén Blades

Late in 2014, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis welcomed a very special guest to their Manhattan stage: nine-time GRAMMY winning singer, songwriter, actor, and activist Rubén Blades. For one very special night—music-directed by the JLCO’s bassist and “emerging master in the Latin jazz idiom” (DownBeat) Carlos Henriquez—the worlds of salsa and swing collided. Backed by one of the world’s leading big bands, Blades took the audience on a tour through his greatest hits. In their write-up of the show, the New York Times said “Mr. Henriquez’s arrangements delivered consistently… Radically beautiful.”

Now, Una Noche con Rubén Blades captures this historic concert in CD and digital formats. The album finds the Maestro singing some of his own beloved compositions, including “Pedro Navaja,” “Patria,” and “El Cantante,” as well as swinging through standards like “Too Close for Comfort” and “Begin the Beguine,” all while backed by the Downbeat Reader’s Poll Big Band of the Year (2013, ‘14. & ‘15). Pick up this kaleidoscopic, momentous collaboration between two of our most soulful musicians this October 19th.

The first single from Una Noche con Rubén Blades, “Ban Ban Quere,” will be available for streaming and download on all mass-market digital platforms on September 7.

Una Noche con Rubén Blades

Album Info

Ensemble JLCO with Wynton Marsalis featuring Rubén Blades
Release Date October 19th, 2018
Recording Date November 15, 2014
Record Label Blue Engine Records
Catalogue Number BE0013
Formats CD, Digital Download
Genre Jazz at Lincoln Center Recordings

Album Links

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Track Listing

Track Length Preview
(Carlos Henriquez Introduction) 0:39 Play
Ban Ban Quere 6:31 Play
Too Close for Comfort 5:56 Play
El Cantante 8:44 Play
I Can’t Give You Anything but Love 6:41 Play
Apóyate en Mi Alma 5:51 Play
Pedro Navaja 8:10 Play
Begin the Beguine 7:39 Play
Sin Tu Cariño 7:49 Play
Rubén’s Medley: Ligia Elena / El Número 6 / Juan Pachanga 12:06 Play
Patria (Encore) 6:59 Play

Credits

1. Carlos Henriquez Introduction (0:39)

2. Ban Ban Quere (6:31)
Downtown DMP Songs OBO Angel Music Inc.
Written by Calixto Varela Gomez
Arranged by Carlos Henriquez
Soloists: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet)

3. Too Close for Comfort (5:56)
Concord Sounds OBO Abilene Music LLC / Range Road Music, Inc. / Bock IP LLC / Quartet Music Inc. (ASCAP/BMI)
Written by Jerry Bock, George Weiss, and Larry Holofcener
Arranged by Carlos Henriquez
Soloists: Dan Nimmer (piano), Kenny Rampton (trumpet)

4. El Cantante (8:44)
Kobalt Music Pub America OBO Rubén Blades Pub (ASCAP)
Written by Rubén Blades
Arranged by Carlos Henriquez
Soloists: Chris Crenshaw (trombone)

5. I Can’t Give You Anything but Love (6:41)
EMI April Music Inc. OBO Cotton Club Publishing / Shapiro Bernstein & Co. OBO Aldi Music (ASCAP)
Written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
Arranged by Carlos Henriquez
Soloists: Ted Nash (flute), Paul Nedzela (baritone saxophone), Rubén Blades (vocals)

6. Apóyate en Mi Alma (5:51)
Peer International Corp. (BMI)
Written by Luis Demetrio
Arranged by José Madera
Soloists: Victor Goines (soprano saxophone)

7. Pedro Navaja (8:10)
Kobalt Music Pub America OBO Rubén Blades Pub (ASCAP)
Written by Rubén Blades
Arranged by Carlos Henriquez

Includes interpolations of:
“A Theme from the ‘Threepenny Opera’ (Mack the Knife)”
WB Music Corp (ASCAP)
Written by Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill, and Marc Blitzstein

“America” (from West Side Story) Chappell & Co. / Universal-Polygram International Publishing (ASCAP) Written by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein

8. Begin the Beguine (7:39)
WB Music Corp (ASCAP)
Written by Cole Porter
Arranged by Carlos Henriquez
Soloists: Seneca Black (trumpet)

9. Sin Tu Cariño (7:49)
Downtown DLJ Songs OBO Fania Songs / Downtown DMP Songs OBO Fania Songs (BMI) / Kobalt Music Pub America OBO Rubén Blades Pub (ASCAP)
Written by Rubén Blades and Louie Ramirez
Arranged by Carlos Henriquez
Soloists: Dan Nimmer (piano)

10. Rubén’s Medley: Ligia Elena / El Número 6 / Juan Pachanga (12:06)
Ligia Elena: Kobalt Music Pub America OBO Rubén Blades Pub (ASCAP)
Written by Rubén Blades
El Número 6: Kobalt Music Pub America OBO Rubén Blades Pub (ASCAP)
Written by Rubén Blades
Juan Pachanga: Downtown DLJ Songs OBO Fania Songs / Downtown DMP Songs OBO Fania Songs (BMI) / Kobalt Music Pub America OBO Rubén Blades Pub (ASCAP)
Written by Rubén Blades, Louie Ramirez, and Jerry Masucci
Arranged by Carlos Henriquez
Soloists: Ali Jackson (drums), Carlos Padron (bongos), Bobby Allende (congas), Marc Quiñones (timbales)

11. Patria (Encore) (6:59)
Kobalt Music Pub America OBO Rubén Blades Pub (ASCAP)
Written by Rubén Blades
Soloists: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet)

Executive Producer: Wynton Marsalis
Producer: Carlos Henriquez

Front of House Engineer: David Robinson
Recording Engineers: Rob Macomber for SiriusXM and James P. Nichols
Post Producer and Mixing Engineer: Todd Whitelock
Mixing Assistant: Josh Welshman
Mastered by Mark Wilder at Battery Studios, NYC 2018

Label Head and A&R: Gabrielle Armand
Label Manager: Aaron Bisman
Art Direction: Ron Jaramillo
Design: Brian Welesko
Legal: Daphnée Saget Woodley, Wesley Friedman, and Allison Job
Product & Marketing Manager: Jake Cohen
Product & Marketing Assistant: Madeleine Cuddy
Music Administration: Kay Wolff, Christianna English
Audio Archivist: Omar Little
Concert Line Producer: Justin Bias
Photography: Frank Stewart and Lawrence Sumulong
Liner Notes: Carlos Henriquez
Music Copyists: Geoff Burke, Richard DeRosa, Andy Farber, Victor Goines, and Jonathan Kelly

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