Buena Vista Social Club
Sounding the Son of Cuba
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Ruben Gonzalez: A pianist with a distinctive and influential style, Gonzalez almost became a doctor but chose a musical career instead. He moved to Havana in the early 1940's after giving up medical school to pursue his music, which has led him to play with tango artists, in cabarets and with cha-cha-cha originator Enrique Jorrin for 25 years. Gonzalez had been in retirement since shortly after Jorrin's death in the 1980's. Ry Cooder has all the credit for luring him back onto the stage.

Ruben Gonzalez

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