Willie Colón

Guerrero de Corazón

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AllMusic Review by Evan C. Gutierrez

Guerrero de Corazón is an aptly named collection (meaning "warrior of the heart") for a musician who has not only distinguished himself as a bandleader for the record books, but an artist with equal passion for community action and humanity. In his time leading the Legal Alien band, Willie Colón brought home 11 Grammy nominations, 15 gold records, and five platinum records. As a composer, director, and producer, he has worked with such artists as Héctor Lavoe, Celia Cruz, and Rubén Blades, selling over ten million records. Colón's commitment to social justice is found not only in his trademark progressive, edgy lyrics, but is also made clear in his work with countless political organizations, striving to better life for the Latino community in his native New York. Guerrero de Corazón features selections from Colón's collaborations with Lavoe, Mark Knopfler, Cruz, and the Fania All-Stars. Focusing primarily on the early '80s, this collection gives listeners a look at the king of the New York sound in full swing. When it comes to Willie Colón, not enough could be said about the man. As for his music, there's nothing to be said. Just listen.

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