Cuban Soul

CIM7004 2000-01-01

Track List

Corazon - 7:00
Cacha Cha Cha Cha - 4:22
Changui Pa Mi Gente - 5:01
En Mi Piel - 6:19
La Flor Y La Hoja Seca - 5:33
Runidera - 5:37
El Gato No Coge El Raton Corriendo - 4:25
Isla Del Encanto - 6:38
Habanera - 5:54
Descarga Asere - 7:35


Denny Martinez Hernandez - bass, coro
Adan Pedroso Ojeda - guitar, coro
Cesar Ronald Infante Vaillant - lead vocal, percussion
Luis Manuel Letucé Chacón - bongo, cowbell
Vincente Pablo Arencibia Mena - congas, coro
Jose Reyes Perez - tres, coro
Miguel Angel Valdes De La Hoz - trumpet, trombone
Marco Vinicio O Yaga Bazanta -percussion

Traditions are kept alive as a result of ones ancestral ties. Asere, a group of young Cuban musicians, follows in the footsteps of the forefathers of the Cuban Son.

Ignacio Piñiero, Miguel Matamoro, Arsenio Rodriguez, and all those masters of the Cuban Son that came before these young musicians are paid homage in this debut release.

While bands like Irakere, Los Van Van, and NG La Banda experiment with the basic structure of Cuban music, it has been la vieja guardia that has had the greatest impact on the international music market. Asere's CUBAN SOUL follows in the footsteps of the biggest selling Cuban record to date, BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB. Asere captures the essence of Cuban music throughout the CD's ten tracks, while keeping a fresh perspective on the music. Their soulful approach is one that is sure to keep the tradition alive for a whole new generation.

At a time when the focus is on the "timba" sound of today's "new" Cuban music, it is refreshing to listen to a release like Asere's CUBAN SOUL. After all, it is the simple things in life that seem to please us the most. If pleasure is what you seek, then you're bound to find it in the cuban soul of Asere.

George Rivera


It’s time to meet the lads who will take son into the next millenium....Asere point to a bright future." David Hutcheon, Mojo

"Beautiful music......Asere are proof that the future on Son is in very safe hands indeed." Jamie Renton, Straight no Chaser

"One of the most stimulating new Cuban bands......from first hearing had me gripped." Jan Fairley, fRoots

"Cuban Soul breathes fresh vigour into the traditional rhythms of son and bolero." Nigel Williamson, The Times

"Incredibly vibrant music.....earthy rhythms.....they got heart and they definitely got soul." Kevin le Gendre, Echoes

"An element of surprise and a sense of adventure, their performance has an unpredictability which makes them uniquely engaging and different from other Cuban bands I have seen." Charlie Gillett, GLR

"A splendid freshness." Patricia Chao, Rhythm