La Ruta del Sabor

El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico

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La Ruta del Sabor Review

by José A. Estévez, Jr.

This supple El Gran Combo effort gets extra mileage thanks to arrangers Bobby Valentín, Louis García, and Ernesto Sánchez. They definitely add new color to Rafael Ithier's age-old formula, as swinging and hard-hitting as salsa can get. Charlie Aponte, Jerry Rivas, and Papo Rosario excel and are right on target; the most delicious tunes are "Buena o Mala," "Te Estás Poniendo Viejo" (arranged by Bobby Valentín), and "Amor de Tempestad." A definite improvement over their preceding First Class International (1993).

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