Rubén González - Como Siento Yo (Introducing...Rubén González) by World Circuit Records published on 2011/06/17 14:43:19 +0000 From the album 'Introducing... Ruben Gonzalez'. To make your first solo album at 77 years old, after more than half a century in music, is unusual. To do so and produce an album as vibrant, dynamic, and spontaneous as Introducing Rubén González, is unique. Although he was one of the legends of Cuban music, a maestro whose piano playing in the 1940s helped invent the Cuban sound as we know it today, Rubén González had, prior to the album's release in 1997, virtually stopped making music. Suffering with arthritis, he no longer even owns a piano. Invited to come out of retirement to play first with the Afro-Cuban All Stars and then with Ry Cooder on the Buena Vista Social Club album, his excitement as his supreme touch returned was a joy to behold. Every morning he would be the first to arrive at the studio in Havana, waiting for the doors to be unlocked. Once inside he could play all day, prompting Ry Cooder to dub him “the greatest piano soloist I have ever heard in my life.” Producer Nick Gold also swiftly realized this was a very special performer who deserved his own showcase and Rubén, who made his first recordings in 1943 with the great Arsenio Rodríguez, was invited 53 years later to record his debut solo effort. Rubén’s answer, in his own words, was, “OK. Let’s go for it!,” and choosing his own favorite musicians and songs, he recorded the album in just two days without overdubs. The music flowed out of him like a torrent, and the result is a thrillingly live sound on extended versions of a selection of classic Cuban compositions and rhythms. Available on Amazon and iTunes. Visit World Circuit Records or go to Ruben’s Facebook for more info.