The singer Isabel Vargas Lizano (Costa Rica, 1919), aka 'Chavela Vargas', was a pioneer among female singers of rancheras. She had the unmistakable voice (grave, broken, dramatic, ripped and paused) that sang the great Mexican composers. Chavela back in the 90's with this album, one of the first after her years of obscurity in the '80s. It marked the resumption of her fame as an interpreter.
Isabel Vargas Lizano (Costa Rica, 1919), aka "Chavela Vargas', was born in Costa Rica, had a difficult childhood and lived for 17 years in Mexico, where he began to reap popularity from the 50s. Her personal career had ups and downs and for more than a decade (80's) was separated from the public. His image offered partially shades that soured popularity. This is one of his recordings dedicated to the eternal world of bolero.
The pairing of Afro-Mallorcan vocalist Concha Buika and Afro-Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes has apparently been a long time coming. But they are here together on this lovely recording, featuring songs from a wide variety of composers, in a handful of duets, or with the Valdes' band backing them. El Ultimo Trago - translated as "The Last Drink" is as much a tribute to Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, a major influence on Buika.