Luis Gonzalez/Yomo Toro

Luis Gonzalez

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In his generation, Chuito was the greatest singer of the jibaro music, the Euro-Rican end of the island's music. La Calandria was perhaps the greatest vocalist of the next generation. The style itself is one of the great country idioms, its starkly beautiful vocals underscored by elegant or blazing cuatro guitar. Yomo Toro, who played with The Industria Nativa, is better known, but Quintero was his equal as a cuatro-player in his glory days, from which this session with La Calandria emphatically stems. The 1983 Gonzalez album has elements of the guitar-trio style with Mexican and Spanish influences: but with Yomo's cuatro burning behind Gonzalez's craggy voice, there's nothing soft-center about this.