Guitarist and longtime Wim Wenders collaborator Ry Cooder struck gold when he helped organize The Buena Vista Social Club
, an enormously popular compilation of Cuban ballads released in 1997. Two years later, Cooder returned to record the solo
album of singer and Social Club
member Ibrahim Ferrer, and this time Wenders and crew were in tow. The resulting "musicumentary" cleverly mixes footage from various recording sessions and interviews with live performances in Amsterdam and New York City's Carnegie Hall. While we don't learn
a lot about the collaborative process between the extremely reserved Cooder and the Cubans (Ferrer, pianist Ruben Gonzalez a...