This is Rafael Cortijo's first Rumba (Gema) album; at this time, Cortijo was rooting for bigger and better enterprises, one of which had to do with pushing the envelope with the hard-driving, competitive New York City music market. Nevertheless the group prevails, with their magnetic chemistry beaming throughout. Of course, Ismael Rivera reigns as Puerto Rico's most influential improvisational singer. The repertoire is mostly the national rhythms that the band brought back successfully, and hits like "Cúcala" and "Monta Mi Caballo" have long endured in the public's consciousness. This is an undisputable classic that requires the attention of every passing generation of Latin music lovers.
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