Adalberto Álvarez

Salsa Caliente

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It's good to be reminded by this 1990 recording that Cuba still produces bands that can hew to the classic forms (and they don't come more classic than the son). Alvarez's powerful vocals are backed by a macho sound that shares a lot of the power and weight of the New York version but with plenty of individual quirks. Check the samba-son "El Regreso de Maria," from the piano intro on in. Plus (for Spanish-speakers) the lyrics have the classic son/calypso/plena topicality: "What Happened to Me on the Bus" or "I Got Married Drunk."

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