Rolling Stone (8/19/99, p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...first-rate Caribbean warmth....[allows] Ferrer to luxuriate in symphonic settings....Stunning."
CMJ (1/10/00, p.25) - Included in CMJ's "New World '99 Top 5" - "...[His] masterful debut is one of Buena Vista's best solo releases...featuring another set of Cuban classics recorded in Havana..."
Dirty Linen (10-11/99, p.75) - "...There are not adjectives enough to describe the music on [this]....It is difficult to try and choose a favorite track....heartily recommended without hesitation."
Mojo (Publisher) (1/00, p.31) - Ranked #13 in Mojo Magazine's "Best of 1999."
Personnel includes: Ibrahim Ferrer (vocals); Teresa Garcia Caturla, Omara Portuondo, Jose Antonio Rodriguez (vocals); Manuel Galvan, Ry Cooder (electric guitar); Eliades Ochoa (guitar); Papi Oviedo (tres); Lazaro Ordonez Enriquez, Julian Corrales Subida (violin); Roy Avila Serrano (cello); Carlo Montenegro Ruiz (alto saxophone); Braulio Hernandez Rodriguez, Gil Bernal (tenor saxophone); Manuel Mirabal, Daniel Ramos (trumpet); Jesus "Aguaje" Ramos, Alberto Munoz (trombone); Ruben Gonzalez (piano); Olando "Cachaito" Lopez (bass); Joachim Cooder (drums, dumbek, udu drum); Roberto Garcia (bongos, guiro); Carlos Gonzalez (bongos, cowbell); Angel Terry (congas); Amadito Valdes (timbales); Ibrahim Ferrer, Jr. (clave); Lazaro Villa, Pio Leyva (background vocals).
Recorded at Egrem Studios, Havana, Cuba.
BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB PRESENTS IBRAHIM FERRER was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Performance.
BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB PRESENTS IBRAHIM FERRER was nominated for the 2000 Latin Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Performance.
BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB PRESENTS IBRAHIM FERRER won the 2000 Billboard Latin Music Award for Album Of The Year by a Male Performer and won for Album Of The Year by a New Artist.
BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB PRESENTS IBRAHIM FERRER was nominated for the 2000 Latin Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album.
Personnel: Ibrahim Ferrer (vocals, claves); Manuel Galbán, Ry Cooder (electric guitar); Julian Corrales, Ariel Mendez, Pedro González , José Román, Rogelio Murquercia, José Pérez Fuentes, Alyoth Castillo, Angél Zaldivar Copello, Humberto Year (violin); Leonel Bermúdez, Rafael Diequez (viola); Arelis Copello, Roy Avila Serrano (cello); José Ramirez Nurque, Carlo Montenegro Ruiz (alto saxophone); Braulio Rodriguez, Antonio Francisco Jiménez Sánchez (tenor saxophone); Adrian Corzo González (baritone saxophone); Octavio Calderón, Carmelo González (trumpet); Jorge Leal (trombone); Rubén González (piano); Joachim Cooder (drums, dumbek); Angel Terry (congas); Carlos González (bongos, cowbells); Roberto García (bongos, guiro); Alberto Valdés (maracas); Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez (timbales).
Audio Mixer: Jerry Boys.
Recording information: EGREM Studios, Havana.
Photographers: Karl Haimel; Donata Wenders; Susan Titelman.
Translator: Francesca Clarke.
Why the whole world wasn't privileged with the voice of this angel-faced singer until he reached his 70s is open to debate. What is certain though, is that this first major solo outing shines a long overdue spotlight on one of the most wonderful Bolero/roots artists to ever emerge in Cuban music. Like the humble Parisian baker on the corner who makes stellar croissants out of what might otherwise be a banal commonbread, Ferrer performs these romantic standards with a divine usualness that makes them burst with love.
Whirling in the mid-20th century time warp that is Cuba, this stellar studio opus bears many similarities to that of the Grammy-winning BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB. Many friends from that project are again on hand, including producer/slide guitar stylist Ry Cooder, Eliades Ochoa on guitar, pianist Ruben Gonzalez and the superb vocalist Omara Portuondo, although the gentle background harmonies by the women of Gemo Cuatro and sumptuous string arrangements are wonderful new additions. "Silencio" is surely one of the loveliest pieces here, with a heart-melting duet by Ferrer and Portuondo--the juxtaposition of Cuban guitar legend Manuel Galban's vibrato fills and Cooder's Hawaiian-style slide tastefully ornament the song's romantic imagery.