Alma Caribeña

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The Latin Pop explosion of 1999 proved that there is indeed a market for Hispanic stars willing to sing watered-down salsa in English. But if the doors have truly opened for genuine Latin music, count on Gloria Estefan to be the first one through. After catering to both Spanish- and English-speaking markets for years, Estefan's in a better position than anyone to get Latin music on mainstream radio. And as its bilingual title indicates, Alma Caribeña -- Caribbean Soul is aiming for nothing less. But the Estefans -- Gloria and superproducer husband Emilio -- have made few concessions to American pop on this all-Spanish album, relying instead on the former Miami Sound ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The Latin Pop explosion of 1999 proved that there is indeed a market for Hispanic stars willing to sing watered-down salsa in English. But if the doors have truly opened for genuine Latin music, count on Gloria Estefan to be the first one through. After catering to both Spanish- and English-speaking markets for years, Estefan's in a better position than anyone to get Latin music on mainstream radio. And as its bilingual title indicates, Alma Caribeña -- Caribbean Soul is aiming for nothing less. But the Estefans -- Gloria and superproducer husband Emilio -- have made few concessions to American pop on this all-Spanish album, relying instead on the former Miami Sound Machine vocalist's sheer starpower to muscle her music onto the charts. A dizzying array of Latin styles that echoes her vibrant Abriendo Puertas, the new album features romantic pop, Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Colombian dance numbers, plus two high-profile duets. The legendary Celia Cruz joins her paisana on "Tres Gotas de Agua Bendita," and Jose Feliciano contributes "Tengo Que Decirte Algo." Contributing vocals and arrangements throughout is brother of Ruben Blades, Robert, and Sonora Ponceña's Papo Lucca guests on piano, surrounding Gloria's Caribbean reminiscences with top-notch talent.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Alma Caribeña Caribbean Soul, Gloria Estefan's third Spanish-language album, is another assured, varied effort in the tradition of its predecessors, Mi Tierra 1993 and Abriendo Puertas 1995, both of which were popular successes. The album is a virtual tour of the Caribbean Islands, not only presenting styles from the singer's native Cuba but also from other Latin American countries. Much of the record has a traditional feel with acoustic instruments prominent, but that doesn't prevent a wide range of rhythms and musical approaches from being used. Salsa, son, murga, bolero, bachata, and Afro-Cuban styles are mixed, sometimes several in one song. Estefan sings with assurance and is joined for one song each by Latin music forbears Celia Cruz and José Feliciano. Though the album is intensely rhythmic, there is little for the singer's dance audience until the end, when a remix of the first single, "No Me Dejes de Querer Don't Stop Loving Me," provides the requisite dancefloor entry.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2000
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 074646216323
  • Catalog Number: 62163
  • Sales rank: 163,905

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gloria Estefan Primary Artist, Primary Artist
José Feliciano Guitar, Guest Appearance
Nestor Torres Flute
Rene Toledo Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, 12-string Guitar, spanish guitar, cuatro, Arreglos
Yomo Toro cuatro
Bruce Dukov Concertina
Celia Cruz Guest Appearance
Edwin Bonilla Percussion, Maracas, Timbales, Guira, Guiro
Mari Tsumura Violin
Jodi Burnett Cello
Ed Calle Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Darius Campo Violin
Carole Castillo Viola
Larry Corbett Cello
Sal Cuevas Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass, Bajo Sexto, Coros
Brian Dembow Viola
Stephen Erdody Cello
Paula Hochhalter Cello
Gina Kronstadt Violin
Brian Leonard Violin
Manny López Guitar, cuatro
Papo Lucca Piano, Arreglos
Miguel Martinez Cello
Edward Meares Bass
Jorge Moraga Viola
Nicky Orta Bass, Bajo Sexto
Wendy Pederson Coros
Archie Pena Percussion, Drums, Bateria
Katia Popov Violin
Barbara Porter Violin
Debra Price Violin
Cheito Quinonez Coros
Harry Shirinian Viola
Ron Strauss Viola
John Scanlon Viola
Nelson Gonzalez Tres
David Ewart Violin
Daniel Lopez Percussion, Conga, Timbales
Suzie Katayama Cello
Roberto Blades Arreglos, Coros
Jason Carder Trumpet
Omar Hernandez Bass, Bajo Sexto
Paquito Hechavarria Piano
Randall Barlow Trumpet, Keyboards
George Noriega Keyboards, Arreglos, Coros
Juan Vincente Zambrano Arreglos
Angie Chirino Coros
Debbie Datz-Pyle Contratista
Andrew Picken Viola
José Sibaja Trumpet
Patty Zimmitti Contratista
José Antonio Molina Arreglos
Egidio Cuadrado Accordion
Alberto Gaitán Coros
Ricardo Gaitán Coros
Justo Rivera Guitar
Rachel Purkin Violin
Gil Romero Violin
Keith Greene Viola
Jorge Torres Trumpet
Jennifer Bellusci Violin
Olga Chirino Coros
Robert Blades Coros
Robert Gerry Violin
Herman "Teddy" Mulet Acoustic Guitar, Trombone, Trumpet, cuatro, Coros, Soloist
Oscar Hidalgo Bass
Lena Pérez Coros
Jorge Padilla Bongos, Conga
Joel Someillan Keyboards
Pedro Alfonso Violin
Luis Rafael Torres Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Emilio Regueira Pérez Rap
Jessica Chirino Coros
Matthew Funes Viola
Juan "Wickly" Nogueras Conga, Tumbadora, Campana
Technical Credits
Rene Toledo Arranger, Producer
Jorge Calandrelli Arranger, Orchestration, String Arrangements, Direction
Scott Canto Engineer
Emilio Estefan Jr. Composer, Producer
Papo Lucca Arranger
Ted Stein Engineer
Marcelo Añez Engineer
Sebastián Krys Engineer
Roberto Blades Producer
Freddy Piñero Jr. Engineer
Randall Barlow Arranger, Programming, Producer, String Arrangements
George Noriega Arranger, Producer
Mauricio Guerrero Engineer
Juan Vincente Zambrano Arranger, Producer
Javier Garza Engineer
Gustavo Celis Engineer
José Antonio Molina Arranger, Orchestration, String Arrangements, Direction, String Director
Ricardo Gaitán drum programming
Robert Blades Arranger, Composer, Producer
Herman "Teddy" Mulet Director, Choir Arrangement
Joel Someillan Programming
Reyneiro Perez Arranger, Programming
Carlos Alvarez Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gloria ... perfection again

    I don't speak spanish, but love latin music. This by far is my favorite CD. I have always loved Gloria's music, but this CD just takes me away to a place where I can dream and relax like no other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nunca dejo de querer a Gloria!

    I will never stop loving Gloria and her music. Her latest and greatest Spanish language album, Alma Caribeña is perfection. All the songs on the CD are wonderfully performed by Gloria. She has never sounded so good. Even a friend of mine(whom doesn't speak Spanish),while listening to 'Como me duele perderte,' remarked that 'this is how you know she has a beautiful voice.' The worst part is having to wait for another CD from Gloria.

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