ince its foundation in January 1998 by Cuban composer-producer-pianist Ricardo Alvarez, the band Cubanísimo has emerged as a very unique force on the Latin music scene. The band’s sound and repertoire is characteristic of the popular styles from Cuba in the 30´s, 40’s and 50’s. Cubanísimo evokes an avalanche of emotions from the audience at every performance. Themes like “Rico Mambo” and “Mambo No. 5” are elegantly performed, true to their original styles. This authenticity distinguishes this band as something special. Authentic classics and original songs take the audience through all the traditional Cuban genres, like son montuno, guaracha, chachachá, mambo and bolero. Cubanísimo is considered to be one of the best contemporary salsa bands in Europe.
The ten fantastic Cuban musicians who comprise Cubanísimo were destined to have success from the beginning. The first CD “Clásicos al estilo de los 50s” (Alvarez Music, 1998) produced an instant hit for the salsa clubs and discos around Europe and Cuba. The track “Cubanísimo” held a place in the top ten for several weeks, in Germany at No. 7, and in Cuba at No. 5. This led to invitations to participate in numerous concerts and prestigious festivals around Europe, with such prominent artists as Armando Peraza, Raúl Rekow & Karl Perazzo (rhythm section of Santana), Ramón Valle, Compay Segundo, Asere and Ciro Baptista. This CD received numerous positive reviews from the media, prestigious disc jockeys and journalists from the European Latin music scene. The German magazine Bamboleo gave it its highest rating of 5 stars. Some recent concert highlights for Cubanísimo have taken place in Berlin (club Havana), Würzburg (Africa festival), Hamburg (Fabrik, Fleetinsel festival), Frankfurt (World music festival, Brotfabrik), Munich (Schlachthof), as well as in France, Holland, Austria, Norway, Switzerland and Poland.
The major artistic influences on the sound of Cubanísimo can be found in classic Cuban artists such as Benny Moré, Pérez Prado, Machito and his Afrocubans, Arsenio Rodríguez, Enrique Jorrín and Sonora Matancera among others. The elegance of these young musicians, always dressed in black and white suits in the fashion of the 50’s, along with the typical arrangements from that era, appeals not only to Cuba and dance lovers, but also anyone who has a special taste and love for salsa music. The experienced musicians of Cubanísimo enjoy international prestige, having performed and recorded with renowned stars in Cuba as well as in Europe and USA. Cubanísimo´s singer Justo Suárez is also an excellent percussionist in the central Europe area and prints his own unmistakable stamp on each song. Suárez, like the most of the members of the band, comes from the most authentic sonero traditions of his native Cuba.
Cubanísimo is a band for all Cuban and latin music lovers as well as salsa fans, mixing up good quality, image and emotion into a single concert show.