Ismael Quintana

Lo Que Estoy Viviendo

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Ismael Quintana's second Vaya release illustrates the Fania music machine at their zenith, with Papo Lucca heading a team of wonderful musicians like Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Barry Rogers, Roberto Roena, Nicky Marrero, and backup vocalists like Rubén Blades and Tito Allen. As usual, Quintana shows that he is a master of melancholy, and tunes like the title tune, "Guajirita," "Malditos Celos," "Maestro de Rumberos," "El Juez Final," and "En Cada Beso" prove that a great sense of variety, a full command of salsa genres, and room for creativity can make a difference in a salsa records. Quintana, of course, is part of the success of this outing, indeed. A must-have for salsa fans.

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