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 the twelfth studio album by Ry Cooder. It is the first 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 This song is about Frank Wilkinson
    • 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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