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Genres: World Music, Jazz, Latin Music
This celebration of Afro-Caribbean unity combusts with all the raucous excitement of improvisation modulated by a single, comprehensive performance vision. Covering an ambitious range--from traditional Puerto Rican Christm... more »
This celebration of Afro-Caribbean unity combusts with all the raucous excitement of improvisation modulated by a single, comprehensive performance vision. Covering an ambitious range--from traditional Puerto Rican Christmas folk music ("El Pitorrito") to troubadour ballads to a tropical version of a new and growing form out of Central and Latin America, rock en Español, ("Oye Mi Amor" and "Un Cachito")--Descaraga is clearly the creation of producer-general director Frank Ferrer. The 17-member orchestra (including a rotating cast of four male vocalists, each with his own, powerfully distinctive style) was founded by Ferrer in 1972 as Puerto Rico 2010. In 1993 the group took its current name and issued a two-CD set, Esta Si Va, followed by '96's Abrasate. Ferrer guides Descarga--and this album's lengthy guest musician list--with a firm hand that leaves just the right amount of room for little pockets of surprise, lending Somos Uno the intoxicating spirit of freedom that energizes the orchestra's two previous sets and conjures up images of late-night musical abandon. It's as if these merry music makers had been drawn together like filings to a magnet and lost all inhibitions in a gloriously free-wheeling after-hours jam. --Elena Oumano
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Great mix, awesome musicians...songs were a little TOO pop
Firebrand | Woonsocket, RI | 05/13/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I own the other two Descarga Boricua releases (Descarga Boricua - Esta Si Va! and the sequel, Descarga Boricua - Abrazate a Puerto Rico). Both of those were double-CD sets, and were jam-packed with "musician's" salsa...innovative, salsa-dura...mixed in with jazz, afro-puertorican rhythms, and other unique additions. This one continues the tradition of experimentation, but was TOO short (43 minutes long only). In addition, the song selection is very poppish..of the 9 songs, 2 are reggae-mimicks (including one played by Mana). The salsa tunes are lacking in the intensity that made the first releases real good.
I'm giving it 4 stars because the musicians are truly the best Puerto Rico has to offer. If it weren't for that, I'd give this CD a 3 stars.
If you've never heard of any Descarga Boricuas releases, luckily for you, you don't have to purchase the entire series. A compilation package of 4 CDs called "Pa' Que Te Cuento" was released with dozens of the best songs produced by Frank Ferrer (the producer of the Descarga Boricua series).
Skip this CD, unless you want to really collect EVERYTHING Descarga Boricua made...go instead with the "Pa' Que Te Cuento" compilation package, or buy the two first double-cd sets of this group."