Alma Caribeña

Alma Caribeña

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by Gloria Estefan
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0074646216323
catalogNumber:
62163
Rank:
111745

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Tracks

  1. Por un Beso  - Gloria Estefan
  2. Punto de Referencia  - Gloria Estefan
  3. Dame Otra Oportunidad  - Gloria Estefan
  4. Como Me Duele Perderte  - Gloria Estefan
  5. Te Tengo a Ti  - Gloria Estefan
  6. Tres Gotas de Agua Bendita  - Gloria Estefan
  7. Nuestra Felicidad  - Gloria Estefan
  8. La Flor y Tu Amor  - Gloria Estefan
  9. Me Voy  - Gloria Estefan
  10. Solo Por Tu Amor  - Gloria Estefan
  11. Tengo Que Decirte Algo  - Gloria Estefan
  12. No Me Dejes de Querer  - Gloria Estefan
  13. No Me Dejes de Querer  - Gloria Estefan

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gloria Estefan   Primary Artist
José Feliciano   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Nestor Torres   Flute
Rene Toledo   Acoustic 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,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   Composer,Producer
Papo Lucca   Arranger
Ted Stein   Engineer
Marcelo Añez   Engineer
Sebastián Krys   Engineer
Roberto Blades   Producer
Freddy Piñero   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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