Mark Bautz
July 09, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Ibrahim Ferrer

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Ibrahim Ferrer
Producers
Nonesuch, World Circuit

We gave it an A

A Cuban Nat King Cole, 72-year-old Ibrahim Ferrer quit singing and was shining shoes for a living when Ry Cooder recruited him for 1998’s Grammy-winning Buena Vista Social Club. Ferrer teams with many of those same musicians on Ibrahim Ferrar, a gorgeous set that mixes old-style torch ballads with up-tempo dance numbers. His honeyed voice and immaculate phrasing make this a gift that’s more valuable than a box of primo Havanas. A

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