Ahora

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Although Ahora was recorded in 1993, Milestone/Fantasy didn't release this excellent CD until 1999. While Manny Oquendo & Libre's other '90s releases, Mejor que Nunca and On the Move, contain both salsa and Latin jazz, Ahora offers no instrumentals and no outright Latin jazz. However, it does unite Libre with some guest jazz musicians including trombonist Steve Turre and vibist Joe Locke and isn't without jazz elements. For this album, Oquendo wrote three songs: "Concierto de Oquendo" an exuberant, 11-minute descarga or Latin jam, the exuberant "El Son" and the anti-drug commentary, "Drogas Fatal." Equally strong are the songs that Oquendo didn't write, which include...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Although Ahora was recorded in 1993, Milestone/Fantasy didn't release this excellent CD until 1999. While Manny Oquendo & Libre's other '90s releases, Mejor que Nunca and On the Move, contain both salsa and Latin jazz, Ahora offers no instrumentals and no outright Latin jazz. However, it does unite Libre with some guest jazz musicians including trombonist Steve Turre and vibist Joe Locke and isn't without jazz elements. For this album, Oquendo wrote three songs: "Concierto de Oquendo" an exuberant, 11-minute descarga or Latin jam, the exuberant "El Son" and the anti-drug commentary, "Drogas Fatal." Equally strong are the songs that Oquendo didn't write, which include "Asia Minor" a tribute to the great Machito/Mario Bauza team and Pedro Flores' gorgeous bolero, "Sabor a Mi." A bilingual gem, "Sabor a Mi" finds Libre pianist, Willie Rodriguez, handling the English lyrics while Libre's main singer, Herman Olivera provides the Spanish part. Those who have enjoyed other Oquendo projects will also find Ahora to be quite rewarding.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/1999
  • Label: Milestone
  • UPC: 025218928823
  • Catalog Number: 9288
  • Sales rank: 118,826

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tu Me Pertences (7:26)
  2. 2 El Son (6:37)
  3. 3 Asia Minor (5:39)
  4. 4 Drogas Fatal (7:07)
  5. 5 Obsession (6:47)
  6. 6 Sabor a Mi (5:41)
  7. 7 Conciero De Oquendo (11:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Manny Oquendo Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Bongos, Maracas, Timbales, Background Vocals
Willie Rodriguez Piano, Vocals
Milton Cardona Background Vocals
Andy González Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Steve Turre Trombone, Plunger Mute
Angel Papo Vasquez Trombone
Jimmy Bosch Trombone, Background Vocals
George Delgado Conga
Joe Locke Synthesizer, Vibes
Leonard Pollara Trombone
Norman Hogue Trombone
Technical Credits
Marty Sheller Arranger
Jon Fausty Engineer
Andy González Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
George Horn Mastering
Don Hunerberg Engineer
Manny Oquendo Arranger, Producer
Angel Papo Vasquez Arranger
Joe Locke Arranger
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Trini Márquez Composer
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