Lalo Rodríguez

Una Voz Para Escucha

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This Capitol-EMI release is actually the album reissue of Nuevamente...Lalo (1982), which is just as wonderful as the preceding Simplemente...Lalo (1980). Once again, he teams up with arrangers Ray Santos and Louis Garcia (both heavily important, in the early '80s, in Puerto Rican salsa), and the results are no less than splendid. The album concept is basically the same as the 1980s album (salsa, son montuno, and bolero were the main ingredients of the production); however, this album is breezier, and far more swinging, with great support from trumpet soloist Héctor "Tito" Rodríguez and percussionist Rafael Cortijo. "Se Empeñan," "Cariño Mío," the evocative "Recuerdo Escolar," "Virgencita de la Mar," and "Ya No Te Quiero" are among the very best of Rodríquez's compositions. C. Curet Alonso offers his masterful hand in tunes like "Yo No Soy Pilón de Machacar" and the superior continuation of "Máximo Chamorro," "Perico Díaz." Exceptional in every level, this album remains as lively as ever.

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