Pianist, composer, arranger Hilario Durán makes a triumphant musical homecoming on his new album Contumbao. Grammy nominated and multiple Juno Award winner, Hilario Durán, is one of the greatest pianists to come out of Cuba, and is an arranger/composer of the highest order. His new release “Contumbao” reunites him with some of the now high profile musicians he worked with at the famous EGREM studios for many years, making well over 500 records. Special guests include Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Chucho Valdés, Chicoy, Pancho Amat, Changuito, and new up and comer Batá player/vocalist Brenda Navarrete.
The project was born in 2016 with the artistic union between YANO, the superstar DJ and producer of New Afro Made in Italy (aka YANO PROJECT) and the Seismic, the very young singer. The common denominator of this project is the passion for Latin Pop / Reggaeton music that gives the light of a song from the current sounds, ideal for both the most excited Dancefloor and live performances.
It's very difficult to listen to this posthumous album, reissued by EMI on CD in 1997 as part of its 100th anniversary series, without shedding a tear or two. Cogan's sense of release on the opening number, "Let Her Go," and her exuberant phrasing in front of an explosive, percussion-driven orchestral accompaniment, displays a glorious, tragic poignancy. Her version of "Trains and Boats and Planes" isn't much less beguiling, her radiant singing bringing an unexpectedly passionate joy to a song that's often tinged with sadness and angst.