January 2000 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

Lalo SCHIFRIN Hot Latin Sounds Music from and inspired by the film. "Che!"

With Juanjo Dominguez (guitar). ALEPH006 [46:41]

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Che! (1969) was about Fidel Castro being helped in his subversion of Batista’s Cuban regime by an Argentinian doctor named Che Guevara. The film Che! starred Omar Sharif with Jack Palance (as Castro). Rerviews were uncomplimentary. ‘It goes at the pace of a drugged ox, and ahsn’t an ounce of political or historical sense in its nut’ was a typical appraisal (that quote came from New Yorker). Ah well! – the film did have some wonderful music from another Argentinian, Lalo Schifrin.

This is a fabulous collection of numbers that represent the exotic rhythms and vibrant colours of the music of Cuba, Argentina and the Bolivian Andes. Here is music that is fast and furious; slow and sultry; languid and romantic; and proud and haughty. It is music to stir the blood -- and the feet!

I give below the track listing – there is no point in attempting an analysis – just let the rhythms pull you from your chair.

Los Olvidados
La Columna
La Ruta
Fiesta Numero Dos
La Ultima Careta
Los Andes
Fiesta Numero Uno
La Barraca

The album features the fireworks virtuosity of Juanjo Dominguez. His fantastic playing has to be heard to be believed.

A great album to dance to


Ian Lace


Ian Lace

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