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Javier Ruibal Paraísos Mejores KAR739 CD
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FormatAudio CD
Ordering NumberKAR739
Release date18/01/2019

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      José Manuel Caballero Bonald - about Javier Ruibal:

      In the already copious catalog of the work of Javier Ruibal, appears a quality that undoubtedly unifies the whole. I refer to his identification with a very specific popular tradition and, from there, to his manners as the architect of a new-updated-artistic conception of that tradition. The welding was perfect at all times: the popular allied with the cultured without any fissure, with an impeccable efficiency.

      Javier Ruibal has an exquisite and rigorous will to integrate into the social history with which he coexists. His songs are both: beautiful and supportive, intimate and participatory, personal and universal. I think that his persistent powers of conviction depend, above all, on that double human and artistic sensitivity of Ruibal, which is an unforgettable lesson.

      It is a seeker of aromas, a persecutor of the fable and fantasy, an explorer of beauty, an acolyte of the mystic of the profane. A healer through ecstasy. It is told the rapturous love, the irrevocable, the indefeasible hour of the kisses, the urgency of the bodies without delay, the sweetest tear, the most beautiful laughter. Portraitist of profiles, landscaper at the same time, what matters is the personage and the exotic place that surrounds to him, the unreal almost touches because it is transparent in the real. And all this is seen because you hear it.

      To sing with the remote voice that resonates in the memory, Sephardic echoes next to the "toná" and the zambra, east and west, yesterday and today, harmony of the future, alchemy of the present. His sources: the familiar in his childhood; from Flamenco, its “cantes de ida y vuelta”, tanguillos and bulerías; from rock, the Old School; from jazz, its example, the attitude, and loyalty to music. From the Spanish lyrics, the poets of the "Generation of '27, exuberant words, poetry with wings. From American lyrics, Caribbean Singers and “Magic Realism”. From the popular, humor and from his native land, joy!

      His purpose ... perhaps rewrite a proverb, reconcile with his soul, emulate Federico García Lorca, entertain..., perhaps move the audience. Thirty years of experience endorse this creative musician, different to all of his culture and generation. Composer, arranger, guitarist, singer, self-taught and heterodox; Ruibal is a frontier musician.

      These and an endless number of definitions have been used to define this unclassifiable creator for the very personal nature of his artistic proposal. Bordering Flamenco, he always let himself be wrapped and fascinated by it but taking the precaution of not impersonating with what he always wanted to make clear that he was not: A Flamenco singer; but not for a lack of hobby but for an absolute respect to the style. However, a good part of the new flamenco is directly influenced by this artist who discovers himself as a true innovator of musical and poetic language.

      The music and lyrics are taken care of with the strictness and care that characterize him. Well-billed arrangements and a guitar execution with personality and strength, but when he decides that his proposal must have more body and strength, he surrounds himself with the most creative and generous musicians. The qualities of his voice allow him to travel with freedom and relief through the sounds of flamenco, the music of the Maghreb, India and the Caribbean in a constant and harmonious back and forth that invites us to firmly believe that the fusion of music and blood will bring us a new meeting place for happiness, a new planet that still is in formation.


      The new musical and poetic jewel composed by Javier Ruibal. A new album mature with the wisdom treasured along the years of professional career and recently rewarded with the 2017 National Music Awards.

      "Better Paradises" reflects song by song, the eternal aspiration of the human being to overcome old and obsolete paradises to give way to new hopes and desires So we see how "The Gypsy Geisha" dreams of being accepted among the “flamencos”, "La mujer manjar" wants to be recognized for her daily commitment to sustain a love that lasts, "Black Star Line" harbors Africans' dream of having a life of dignity in his plundered and subdued continent, "El fin del mundo fue ayer” (“The end of the world was yesterday") is a song to Humanity’s Hope crushed by its warlike, selfish and materialistic foolishness.

      A better paradise is in that place of his son's childhood where his "timbalero heart" began to beat. There will be no new paradise without the disappearance of the sinister and corrupt politicians of "Cuenta conmigo compadre". What better paradise than the sea next to "Mi Bella navengante” (My beautiful navigator) and those street artists of "Tu Divo favorito" that give life to a love between opera and rap and thus an etcetera of yearnings beyond the known, the reached, the already lived.

      With a luxurious but artisan, universal but intimate production by his son Javi Ruibal, this work features some of the best soloists in our country: Jóse Recacha, Manuel Machado, Federico Lechner, Victor Merlo, Diego Villegas, Faiçal Kourrich and a long list that complete this cast that accompanies Ruibal in this new adventure. Sections of winds and strings put the gala touch to this album.

      During his time in Brazil he had the chance to meet with the magnificent singer & songwriter Chico César and from that encounter came this "Black Star Line" that they sang together. Also Juan Luis Guerra gives his very personal voice to "Mi bella Navegante".

      In "Corazón timbalero" is the band Glazz - led by his son Javi -, who puts the color and rock sound.

      The fourth noteworthy collaboration of this record is with Fetén Fetén, a duo for which Javier feels special affection and that helped him to recreate a loving journey through time (“Un Sinmorir día a día”), in which two eternal lovers meet constantly in different rencarnations and landscapes from this and other planets.

      This exquisite collection of songs transports us once again but in a different way, from Egypt to Saturn or from New York to Orion, from north to south and from east to west to turn the listening into real pleasure for our senses. Well-understood nostalgia goes hand in hand with modernity and even with future music, in creations that sound more Ruibal than ever and will endure over time to become key pieces of Spanish music

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      CD 1
      • 1.Tu Divo Favorito04:33
      • 2.Mi Bella Navegante04:07
      • 3.Un Sinmorir día a día04:54
      • 4.En los Confines de Orión05:02
      • 5.La Geisha Gitana03:54
      • 6.Black Star Line05:40
      • 7.Corazón Timbalero05:41
      • 8.Cuenta Conmigo Compadre03:41
      • 9.La Mujer Manjar04:59
      • 10.El Fin del Mundo Fue Ayer05:08
      • 11.Perla de la Medina04:23
      • Total:52:02