Mambo Sinuendo

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Mambo Sinuendo
Mambo Sinuendo.jpg
Studio album by Manuel Galban and Ry Cooder
Released January 28, 2003
Genre Cuban jazz, Latin Jazz
Label Nonesuch
Producer Ry Cooder
Manuel Galban and Ry Cooder chronology
The End of Violence
Mambo Sinuendo
Chávez Ravine
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
The Village Voice B–[3]

Mambo Sinuendo is a studio album released by Cuban performer Manuel Galban and producer Ry Cooder. This album became the first number-one album in the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart for Galbán and the second for Cooder (after his successful recording Buena Vista Social Club in 1998). This recording won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 46th Grammy Awards.[4]

Album history[edit]

Producer Ry Cooder re-introduces the pianist, organist, and guitarist Manuel Galbán. In the 1950s, he pioneered a tough, rocking guitar style full of reverb and bent notes that is considered by Cuban musicians to be unique in their music. More than the American pop-jazz of the time, this collaboration hearkens back to the futuristic creations of modern Cuban composers of the period. About the recording of this album says Cooder: "Galbán and I felt that there was a sound that had not been explored in a Cuban electric-guitar band that could re-interpret the atmosphere of the 1950s with beauty, agility, and simplicity. We decided on two electrics, two drum sets, congas and bass: a sexteto that could swing like a big band and penetrate the mysteries of the classic tunes. This music is powerful, lyrical, and funny; what more could you ask? Mambo Sinuendo is Cuban soul and high-performance.". For the recording the producer enlisted the bassist for all the Buena Vista Social Club sessions, Orlando Cachaíto López. The percussionists include Jim Keltner, Cooder's son, Joachim Cooder and the conga master Miguel Angá Díaz.[5]

Track listing[edit]

This information from[6]

  1. Drume Negrita (Ernesto Grenet) — 5:00
  2. Monte Adentro (Arsenio Rodríguez) — 2:53
  3. Los Twangueros (Manuel Galbán/Ry Cooder) — 4:42
  4. Patricia (Perez Prado) — 3:29
  5. Caballo Viejo (Simón Díaz) — 3:51
  6. Mambo Sinuendo (Manuel Galbán/Ry Cooder/Joachim Cooder) — 2:31
  7. Bodas de Oro (Electo Rosell "Chepin") — 4:40
  8. Échale Salsita (Ignacio Piñeiro) — 4:27
  9. La Luna en Tu Mirada (Luis Chanivecky) — 4:13
  10. Secret Love (Paul Francis Webster/Sammy Fain) — 5:49
  11. Bolero Sonámbulo (Manuel Galbán/Ry Cooder) — 4:31
  12. María la O (Ernesto Lecuona) — 4:19


This information from Allmusic.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2003)[8] Peak
US Billboard Top Latin Albums 1
US Billboard Latin Pop Albums 1
US Billboard Top Internet Albums 52
US Billboard Top World Music Albums 1
US Billboard 200 52
Preceded by
30 Inolvidables by Los Bukis
U.S. Billboard Top Latin Albums number-one album
February 1–8, 2003
Succeeded by
La Historia by Intocable


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 2, 2003). "Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot 2003". The Village Voice. Retrieved May 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (2004-03-25). "Mambo Sinuendo". Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  5. ^ "Mambo Sinuendo". 2003-01-28. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  6. ^ (2003-01-28). "Mambo Sinuendo". Retrieved 2008-09-16. [dead link]
  7. ^ Mambo Sinuendo - Liner notes (2003-02-28). "Mambo Sinuendo". Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  8. ^ Billboard (2003-02-15). "Mambo Sinuendo". Retrieved 2009-09-16.