Omara Portuondo – Gracias

by Chris Devonshire-Ellis

May 13th, 2009

This new set by the Grande Dame of Cuban music – she’s now 79 – is a thank you (hence the title) to her friends all during her 60 year old recording career. A member of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, this CD encompasses Cuban dance and love songs from the 1930’s and 1940’s, when Sinatra and Hemingway used to booze, brawl and love at Havana’s famed nightspots. It’s an eclectic collection of Cuban music at it’s very best, and one cannot help but be charmed by the gravitas and stately romance her aged voice brings to the songs.