EGREM Records
Cuba, Son, Pilón, Guaracha, Bolero, Cha cha cha

Alain Perez, Alexander Abreu and Mayito River released a new collaborative album this past week paying tribute to classic Cuban ensembles, composers and performers from earlier times, including La Sonora Matancera, El Conjunto Casino, Arsenio Rodriguez, El Niño Rivera, Conjunto Matamoros and Johnny Pacheco, Conjunto Chappottin, Panchito Riset.

The albums starts strong with Alain Perez singing the title track, A Romper El Coco, followed up by Alexander Abreu singing a song that highlights the pilón genre and pounding sugarcane-inspired dance of the 1950s – and pays tribute to its creator Pacho Alonso – with a recording of the song Qué Rica Está Esto.

Things continue like this, winding through son, bolero, cha cha, guaracha and more for 46 minutes of musical perfection from three undisputed masters of their craft, winding to a stunning close with a tribute to Son 14 and songs written by the legendary Adalberto Alvarez.

A Romper El Coco is a stunning album, and for fans of Cuban music from times gone by or the all-star trio that recorded it, it should not be missed.