I copied this version of Pueblo Nuevo from the Buena Vista Social Club. Originally this was performed by Rubén Gonzales. The Rubén version has an entire jazz “bag o tricks” which I left out of my rendition. Rubén was clearly a master and I am clearly not. But I had fun playing this anyway. Lots of tricky parts. And putting it all together was a challenge, for me anyway. Thanks to crazyinternaut who told me where to find the sheet music.
Here is a little song I have been learning on the piano. It is called “Cast Your Fate to the Wind.” Vince Guaraldi wrote it in the 60’s and put it on his album, “Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus.” They made it a B-side at the time. For you iPod generation a B-side refers to the flip side of a vinyl record or tape cassette. Songs on the B-side were intented to be the lesser songs on the album. In this case, Cast Your Fate was the exception. It actually became very popular and made it high on the pop charts. The song got covered a few times over the years but nothing is better than the original. Vince and his treo created this inspirational piece with a little latin style melody and a jazzy bridge. It is beautiful in its simplicity. I loved this song at first listen. For about 10 years I listened to this song on and off. I never thought I would try to play it. The main reason was that I never knew how to play the piano, or any instrument for that matter. This past year I took up the piano. I wish I could say I picked it up quickly, but I didn’t. This song took me about 6 months to get it down. Now that I think I got the hang of it, take a listen and let me know what you think. Vince, I know you’re up there listening, I hope you like it.