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Two Ways - ICAIC - Habana - Cuba - December 1997
Llegada a New York - ICAIC - Habana - Cuba - December 1997
Bajeando el Güiro - ICAIC - Habana - Cuba - December 1997
Asi es la Habana - ICAIC - Habana - Cuba - December 1997

ICAIC Studios, Habana, Cuba, december 1997
Compositions : Felipe Cabrera
Musical Producer : Felipe Cabrera
Musical Director : Felipe Cabrera
Executive Producer: Petra Morales
Project Coordination: Petra Morales
Management : Cheryl Vasil
Promotion: Petra Morales , Cheryl Vasil


Yamaha TRB 6 Fretted
Yamaha TRB 6 Fretless
GHS Strings

Title description

1 - Two Ways

There are 2 different rhythmns: 3 for 4 and 4 for 4. This kind of synchopation is very present in Cuban music - what gives the original flavor is the other part, which is put to jazz. This song has to do with strong Latin-American cadences, but above all, the influence is Cuban. The contemporary jazz harmony is the added ingrediant giving life to Two Ways. The introduction is an hommage to Eleggua - the Orisha in the Yoruba religion that opens and closes all ceremonies - hence Felipe Cabrera 's demo.

2 - Llegada a New York

The melody line is that of a jazz standard, with a Latin accent. It's the Cuban musician's vision of how jazz could be played. This fusion clearly states its swing.

3 - Bajeando el Guiro

Bajeando el Güiro takes several rhythmns from the bata and harmonizes everything with 6 basses. Three basses are harmonizing with the rhythmn of the bata, 2 basses are playing a chant very well known in the Yoruba religion - in hommage to Chango; the other bass is plays a solo in a jazz style - all put together by a fusion of Afro-Cuban percussions (drums, 3 güiros, 1 conga, 1 campana).

4 - Asi es la Habana

This song is how the fashionable dance music ( timba cubana ) of Cuba is played today: a descarga of a typical tumbao - the difference being that it is instrumental.



Born 15 August 1961 Havana, Cuba

At the age of 12, Felipe Cabrera began studying Music Theory with a private professor in order to prepare his entry into the Amadeo Roldan School of Music.
He was accepted at the young age of 13 and there studied the bassoon for seven years.

Finishing The Amadeo Roldan Scool of Music at the age of 20, he was then accepted to the Instituto Superior de Arte where he continued to study the bassoon from 20-25. At the same time, Felipe Cabrera was part of the Orchesta Symphonica Nacional de Cuba. He played with the Orchestra while studying at the ISA, until he was approached by Gonzalo Rubalcaba - who saw him play live in 1984 at the Havana Jazz Plaza Festival - to form the `Grupo Proyecto´ with him. At that moment,
Felipe Cabrera's instrument changed and he became a bass player. That was 13 years ago, debuting with the first concert held at the Havana Cultural Center at 30 June 1984.

International Acclaim

Needless to say, the `Grupo Proyecto´ became very well known and were invited to all of the best known jazz festivals worldwide.
Their first overseas festival was an invitation to the North Sea Jazz Festival in June 1985. Since that time, Felipe Cabrera has played at the most important Jazz festivals worldwide.

Not only that, he has shared the stage with some of the most famous Jazz musicians of our time such as Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, George Benson, Jeff Gardner...

cabrer02Some Records

Suite 4 y 20 (1993)
Rhapsodia (1994)***
Imagine - Live in the USA (1995)
Antiguo (1997)
(Blue Note)

Concierto Negro
La Nueva Cubana
(Egrem Studios - Havana, Cuba)

Live in Havana (1986)
Mi Gran Pasion (1987)
Giraldilla (1989)
(Messidor - Germany)

***Grammy Nomination


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