Chávez Ravine (album)

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Chávez Ravine
Studio album by Ry Cooder
Released June 7, 2005
Recorded Village Recorders, Sound City Studios
Genre Americana, Chicano rock, Tex-Mex, Latin/Folk, Latin jazz [1] [2]
Length 70:08
Label Nonesuch
Producer Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder chronology
Mambo Sinuendo
(2003)
Chávez Ravine
(2005)
My Name Is Buddy
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [4]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars [5]

Chávez Ravine: A Record by Ry Cooder is a concept album and historical album by Ry Cooder which tells the story of Chávez Ravine, a Mexican-American community demolished in the 1950s in order to build public housing. The housing was never built. Ultimately the Brooklyn Dodgers built a stadium on the site as part of their move to Los Angeles.

Chávez Ravine was nominated for "Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album" in 2006.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Poor Man's Shangri-La" (Ry Cooder, William Garcia, Gene Aguilera) - 5:28
  2. "Onda Callejera" (David Hidalgo, William Garcia) - 3:50
  3. "Don't Call Me Red" (Ry Cooder) - 4:58
    • Ry Cooder - vocal, guitar
    • Juliette and Carla Commagere - vocal chorus
    • Jon Hassell - trumpet
    • Jim Keltner - bongos
    • Joachim Cooder - timbales
    • Mike Elizondo - bass
  4. "Corrido de Boxeo" (Lalo Guerrero) - 3:21
    • Lalo Guerrero - vocal
    • Ry Cooder - bajo sexto, guitar
    • Joachim Cooder - drums
    • Mike Elizondo - bass
    • Joe Rotondi - piano
    • Flaco Jiménez - accordion
  5. "Muy Fifí" (William Garcia, Joachim Cooder, Juliette Commagere) - 4:03
    • Ersi Arvizu - vocal (in 2008, Ry Cooder produced the album "Friend for Life" for Ersi Arvizu Anti)
    • Little Willie G., Jacob Garcia - vocal chorus
    • Ry Cooder - guitar
    • Joachim Cooder - drums, sampling
    • Mike Elizondo - bass
    • Chucho Valdés - piano
  6. "Los Chucos Suaves" (Lalo Guerrero) - 3:08
    • Lalo Guerrero - vocal
    • Ry Cooder - guitar
    • Jim Keltner - drums
    • Mike Elizondo - bass
    • Joe Rotondi - piano
    • Gil Bernal - tenor sax
  7. "Chinito Chinito" (Felguerez/Diaz) - 4:52
    • Juliette Commagere - vocal
    • Carla Commagere - vocal
    • Ry Cooder - guitar
    • Joachim Cooder - drums
    • Jared Smith - bass
    • Mike Bolger - organ, trumpet, valve trombone
    • Joe Rotondi - piano
  8. "3 Cool Cats" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) - 2:57
    • Little Willie G. - vocal
    • Rudy Salas, Michael Guerra, Juliette Commagere, Carla Commagere - vocal chorus
    • Ry Cooder - guitar
    • Jim Keltner - drums
    • Joachim Cooder - timbales
    • Jared Smith - bass
    • Joe Rotondi - piano
    • Gil Bernal - tenor sax
    • Mike Bolger - organ
  9. "El U.F.O. Cayó" (Juliette Commagere, Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder, Jared Smith) - 8:22
    • Juliette Commagere - vocal
    • Don Tosti - vocal
    • Ry Cooder - tres
    • Mike Elizondo - bass
    • Joachim Cooder - Sampling
    • Jared Smith - keyboard
  10. "It's Just Work for Me" (Ry Cooder) - 5:54
    • Ry Cooder - vocal, guitar
    • Joachim Cooder - drums
    • Mike Elizondo - bass
  11. "In My Town" (Ry Cooder) - 5:40
  12. "Ejército Militar" (Rita Arvizu) - 3:16
    • Ersi Arvizu - vocal
    • Rosella Arvizu - vocal
    • Ry Cooder - bajo sexto, guitar
    • Joachim Cooder - drums
    • Mike Elizondo - bass
    • Flaco Jiménez - accordion
  13. "Barrio Viejo" (Lalo Guerrero) - 4:42
  14. "3rd Base, Dodger Stadium" (Ry Cooder, William Garcia, Joe Kevany) - 5:45
    • Bla Pahinui - vocal, guitar, ukulele
    • Ry Cooder - guitar
    • Joachim Cooder - drums
    • Mike Elizondo - bass
    • Joe Rotondi - piano
    • Gil Bernal - tenor sax
    • Mike Bolger - trumpet, valve trombone
    • Ledward Kaapana - guitar
  15. "Soy Luz y Sombra" (The Cloud Forest poem; music by William Garcia, Joachim Cooder, Ry Cooder) - 3:15
    • Ersi Arvizu - vocal
    • Little Willie G. - vocal
    • Juliette Commagere - vocal
    • Ry Cooder - guitar
    • Joachim Cooder - drums, sampling
    • Jared Smith - bass
    • David Hidalgo - guitar

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