Language, Wire and Leather is a very good tribute to those Cuban rhythms that led to what is known today as salsa.
Sounds such as nengon, changüi and traditional Cuban son are revived in this album featuring a quintet of American and Cuban musicians. The arrangements were written by Enrique “Kiki” Valera-Alarcon, eldest son and director of the world-famous Valera Miranda Family in Santiago de Cuba.
Santo Cafe is a traditional son that sings to this world drink, a solo of Kiki Valera in the four adorns the piece. Homenaje Al Guayabero is a cut dedicated to Faustino Oramas (1911 – 2007), the singer, tresero and composer of Holguín, Cuba. Steve Mostovoy performs trumpet solo. While El Romance Divino is a beautiful and rhythmic melody that highlights Justin Maggart on vocals. The Yuma And El Son highlights Steve Smith in the bongo, Seattle also repeats a single in the explosive changüi Mi Emisora Esmeralda. The Mere Friendship is a celebration to the union.
Trovadoro – Homenaje al Guayabero