Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Sar All Stars|
Interpretan a Rafael Hernandez
Genres: World Music, Latin Music
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PRETTY, AUTHENTIC, UNIQUE and VERY WELL MADE! "Not one for t
S. | 07/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a LOVELY and VERY musical 1981 SAR All Stars album, particularly made for the singers to sing, and for the listeners to relax and sit down in the armchair...
It's a singer-oriented Cuban style of album, where after 2 'hectic', rhythmical and instrumental volumes from the Club Ochentas concert, they came up with a smoother, softer and slower album like this one, which is a homage to Rafael Hernández (one of Puerto-Rico's most important song authors ever [1892-1965] who wrote all the songs from this Cd as well as Cachíta, Amor Ciego [a bolero] and so many other famous songs!...)
It's an album with a 14-piece band much bigger than the usual SAR line-ups obviously, and includes 4 trumpets instead of 2 or sometimes 3, 2 Trombones this time and also one violin to follow up in the background.
This is very tasteful music, with pretty arrangements and musicality, containing a particularly emotional version of Lamento Borincano (also known as El Jibaríto) [lasting 8:48 mins!] with a lot of melody and a very nice Tres-guitar solo from Charlie Rodríguez.
The other standout track is Miguel Quintana's (D.2004) brilliant rendition of Ay Simón with great vocals from him, giving the most of himself as usual, great choruses as often with Roberto Torres, another great Tres solo from Charlie, very nicely swinging and coordinated arrangements and then, a BRILLIANT Trumpet solo from the Cuban great Alfredo Armenteros 'Chocolate'! What a great tune! This is one tune I don't want to finish!...
My other favourite is the last one, Campanítas De Cristál with Puerto-Rican singer Jorge Maldonado which is yet another long and pretty song, with sweet vocals by Jorge and sweet choruses too with a good space for Arthur 'Artie' Webb to start soloing on flute.
The other two songs Ahora Serémos Felíces by La India De Oriente, and the nice Capullíto De Alelí done by Fernando Lavoy (with an acoustic wooden piano solo from Alfredo Valdés Jr.) are also nice songs to be listen to.
The only song that I found to be a bit boring for me is Papaíto's (D.2001) version of Cuatro Personas done in a Charanga-Vallenata style, where Roberto Torres would definitely have been the specialist, (not to say that Papaíto didn't do a good job...)
This is definitely a long play album to think about with 6 songs ranging from over 7 minutes, but not one to get the chicks to the dancefloor...
Total Play-time: 44.07 Mins
TWO GOOD THINGS! SOUND QUALITY IS VERY GOOD, AND ALL THE MUSICIANS ARE LISTED AT THE BACK OF THE CD!!!!!!! I DON'T THINK THIS TIME THEY FORGOT ONE MUSICIAN FROM THE LIST, (SOMETHING NOT UNUSUAL AT ALL FROM THEM, WHEN IT IS THAT THEY BOTHER TO LIST THEM)!...