Aquí Estamos y...¡de Verdad!

Aquí Estamos y...¡de Verdad!

by El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico
     
 
To call el Gran Combo de Puerto Rico a salsa classic would be the understatement of a lifetime. Words like "mythic" or "legendary" would better describe their weight and ubiquitous presence in the salsa world. Their 2004 release Aquí Estamos y...¡de Verdad! is in keeping with their tradition of excellence, and the Latin Grammy nomination it garnered is well

Overview

To call el Gran Combo de Puerto Rico a salsa classic would be the understatement of a lifetime. Words like "mythic" or "legendary" would better describe their weight and ubiquitous presence in the salsa world. Their 2004 release Aquí Estamos y...¡de Verdad! is in keeping with their tradition of excellence, and the Latin Grammy nomination it garnered is well deserved. Musical director Rafael Ithier favors the round, warm sound that made el Gran Combo the household name that it is. From the vocal approach to the horn and percussion section, the common goal seems to be salsa as smooth as possible. The youthful fire and passion emulated by younger artists is replaced by el Combo's mature elegance. From the photo on the cover to the wise musical sensibility of Aquí Estamos y...¡de Verdad!, some might consider the package outdated -- la salsa de mis abuelos. El Gran Combo might not win any new fans with this release, but on the other hand, they don't need to. They deliver the classic, flawless musical stylings that won the hearts of their people, and later the world. Sometimes it's refreshing when an artist does not try to reinvent himself.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2004
Label:
Sony U.S. Latin
UPC:
0037629548125
catalogNumber:
95481
Rank:
70551

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gran Combo de Puerto Rico   Primary Artist
Fred Rivera   Bajo Sexto,Guest Appearance
Richie Bastar   Bongos,Guest Appearance
Taty Maldonado   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Moises Nogueras   Trombone,Guest Appearance
Papo Rosario   Vocals
Papo Sanchez   Mezcla
Freddy Miranda   Alto Saxophone,Guest Appearance,Mezcla
Charlie Aponte   Vocals
Jerry Rivas   Vocals
Rafael Ithier   Piano,Guest Appearance
David Marrero   Band

Technical Credits

Tommy Villarini   Arranger
Charlie Donato   Composer
Papo Sanchez   Engineer
Jorge Luis Piloto   Composer
Freddy Miranda   Arranger,Producer
Rafael Ithier   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Marlow Rosado   Composer
Edgar Segarra   Engineer
Banda Norteño   Arranger
Betzaida Bosch   Arranger

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