Tommy Olivencia

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In the decadent years of early-'80s Puerto Rican salsa, the Tommy Olivencia Orchestra continued to remain popular and deliver quality recordings, and Frankie Ruiz and Héctor Tricoche were valuable support in acquiring popular acclaim. Ruiz's timbre and Tricoche's melodious tone are put to superior effect in tunes like "Lo Dudo" (based on the ballad written by Manuel Alejandro), "Aléjate de Mí," "Pancuco," the merengue "Aha-uhum" (to cash in the increasingly popular dance), and "Te Estoy Estudiando." Ruiz would depart for his solo career a year later, and Tricoche would follow suit five years after his fellow singer, closing a memorable period for Olivencia's long-lasting, popular band. Arrangements are by Olivencia's pianist Angel "Pajai" Torres and the ever-reliable veteran Máximo Torres.

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