Beny Moré

Romántico

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The lack of liner notes in this BMG reissue of Beny More's classic recordings makes it difficult to locate the sessions in the varied trajectory of More's career. On the basis of sound quality alone, the recordings seem to have been made in the 1950s, though specific discography information is left purely to speculation. Even so, this is a fantastic set. More was a master of Cuban balladic forms like the son and the bolero, and these are the focus of ROMANTICOS. The music here is highly romantic, graceful, and seductive, with More's silky tenor caressing the melodies and exhibiting his trademark glissando-laden embellishments.

More is backed by a big band here, and the arrangements and playing are of a notably high quality. But even with the forceful orchestra, and the superb duets that dot the set list ("Encantado de la Vida;" "Esta Noche Corazon"), the focus never strays from More's vocals. Tender, emotional, and stirring in the tradition of classic romantic vocalists (North American comparisons might include Frank Sinatra and Nat "King" Cole), More's music is nostalgic and contemporary at once, packing as much immediate romantic punch now as it did at the time of its release.

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