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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Havana Club 5 @ the Salsa Bar and Café – October 19

Sarah Travena (Sop Sax); Paul Grainger (Bs Gtr); Alan Law (Piano); Paco Rivera (Congas/Hand Perc.); Carlos Luis Rivera (Vocals, Timbales/Bongos).
(Review by Kath, Photo courtesy of Sara Sarita Lourenco)
The inaugural night of the Havana Club 5 at the Salsa Tapas Bar and Café just blew me away!
Spirited Latin and Afro Cuban music combined with delicious tapas and a superb ambience was the recipe for a perfect Saturday evening; the music had me dancing in my seat with a huge grin on my face, and looking around the audience the atmosphere was one of immeasurable enjoyment.
I have to confess that I am not an expert on Latin music, and some numbers I really didn't know the name of but I made it my mission to find out… courtesy of Mr Paul Grainger I was given the set list, the ones previously unknown to me wereChugo, How Insensitive, The Jody Grind, Carlito’s Way, Blue Bossa, and Chega De Saudade, which apparently was well known by another member of the audience who could not praise it highly enough as the Latin percussion was ‘just right’! These superbly played numbers were interspersed with delightful renditions of Como Fué, Green Dolphin Street, Song for my Father, Dinji, Besame Mucho and Caravan, each with a lovely deep Latin feel.
There were superb solos from every one of the musicians, I loved the way that Paco Rivera complemented Paul Grainger on Electric Bass with his varied percussion; Alan Law excelled on Piano… a true Pianista who brought a wonderful energy to the music. The lovely and talented saxophonist Sarah Travena was simply splendid, and the energy and contagious grin from Carlos Luis Rivera, mixed with some fabulous vocals and Latin moves made this night not one to be missed and if you did… your loss! Havana Club 5… more please!
Kath.

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