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Auténtico
     

Auténtico

by Gilberto Santa Rosa
 
In a Latin music industry filled with so much plastico, Gilberto Santa Rosa is the real deal. The Puerto Rican sonero capitalizes on that reputation with the aptly titled Autentico. The first half of the disc walks a fine line, trying to reconcile the demands of salsa radio (the sensual "Sombra Loca") with the desires of the old school ("Traigo de Todo,

Overview

In a Latin music industry filled with so much plastico, Gilberto Santa Rosa is the real deal. The Puerto Rican sonero capitalizes on that reputation with the aptly titled Autentico. The first half of the disc walks a fine line, trying to reconcile the demands of salsa radio (the sensual "Sombra Loca") with the desires of the old school ("Traigo de Todo," which liberally quotes Palmieri's "Tirándote Flores") and the commercial realities of Puerto Rico's market ("El Rincón de Mis Ansias" features a powerful bomba; "Traigo" boasts of his abilities to bring everything from salsa to "reggaeton, como [Tego] Calderon"). The exciting news is that by the end, the old school wins. A three-song snapshot of classic salsa concludes Autentico (remember -- always end with what you want them to remember), with a lineup change that includes all-stars including Libre's Manny Oquendo and Andy Gonzalez, Tipica 73's montunero Sonny Bravo, saxman Mario Rivera, and a good-natured duel with vocalist José Alberto el Canario. These songs, and good deal of the ones preceding, including the powerful opener, "Piedras y Flores," make the latest from Sr. Santa Rosa one of the most exciting mainstream salsa releases of the year.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
Furthering his long career as a heavy hitter for Sony International, Gilberto Santa Rosa brought a strong release to the salsa listening world for 2004, Auténtico. After many years as one of the most respected vocalists in salsa, and one with the greatest fidelity to tradition, there are few who could doubt his authenticity, but just to make sure, Auténtico is packed with gusty, men-from-the-boys style salsa. A slight deviation from his more pop-oriented direction of late, this record is dancehall-style salsa from beginning to end. Santa Rosa sounds as strong as ever, with a distinctly Blades-esque tone to his voice and phrasing. The likeness is startling at times. There are few bands on the scene today who are as dedicated as Santa Rosa is to the performance of traditional salsa with double-barreled enthusiasm. Perhaps only paralleled by salsa great Oscar D'León, Santa Rosa seems dedicated to the aesthetic of salsa's 1970s heyday. Auténtico features a great variety of styles, including guajira, plena, rhumba, and of course, the mambos that won him the superstar status that he enjoys today. The writing is good, yet not outstanding. Though the performances are strong, there isn't a single on the record. Instead, the record is best enjoyed as a whole. For those who like their salsa straight up, Santa Rosa and Auténtico have the recipe for clave con swing, no chaser.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
Label:
Sony U.S. Latin
UPC:
0037627062326
catalogNumber:
70623

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Performance Credits

Gilberto Santa Rosa   Primary Artist,Coros
Bobby Valentín   Bajo Sexto
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Marilyn Baker   Viola
Paquito Guzmán   Coros
Edwin Colon Zayas   Guitar,cuatro
Chocolate Armenteros   Trumpet
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Edwin Bonilla   Shekere
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Sonny Bravo   Piano
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Anthony Carrillo   Conga,Shekere
Jesus Caunedo   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mike Collazo   Timbales
Larry Corbett   Cello
Jon Fausty   Mezcla
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Sammy Garcia   Conga,Cajon
Andy González   Bajo Sexto
Patricia Johnson   Violin
Peter Kent   Violin
Jorge Laboy   Guitar
José Lugo   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Mini Moog,Mezcla
Miguel Martinez   Cello
Manny Oquendo   Bongos
Arturo Ortiz   Mezcla
Mario Rivera   Baritone Saxophone
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
James Ross   Viola
Adalberto Santiago   Coros
Johnny Torres   Bajo Sexto
Socky Torres   Vocals
Willie Torres   Coros
Tommy Villarini   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
Evan Wilson   Viola
Hector "Bomberito" Zarzuela   Trumpet
Shari Zippert   Violin
Luis Aquino   Trumpet
Richie Bastar   Conga
Jorge Diaz   Trombone
Jimmy Morales   Conga
Tonito Vazquez   Trombone
Victor Manuelle   Coro
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Dominick Barbera   Mezcla
Jan Duclerc   Trumpet
Rafael "Tito" DeGracia   Claves,Cajon,Cascara
Lenny Prieto   Piano
Angel Torres   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Wind Synthesizer
Ronnie Torres   Mezcla
Jerry Rivas   Hand Clapping,Coros
Rolando Alejandro   Mezcla
Carmelo Alvarez   Bongos,Campana
Federico Britos   Violin
Rafael "Tito" Echevarria   Bongos
Pablo Padin   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Maracas,Timbales,Cajon,Hand Clapping,Gaita,Tambor
José "Jochy" Rodríguez   Flugelhorn
Ricardo S. Pons   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Mickey Maysonet   Plenera

Technical Credits

Bobby Valentín   Arranger
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Jesus Caunedo   Arranger
Jon Fausty   Engineer
John Kurlander   Engineer
Gilbert Lopez   Arranger
José Lugo   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Eric Persing   Sound Design
Tommy Villarini   Arranger
Pedro Flores   Composer
Milton Sesenton   Arranger
Matt Traum   Sound Design
Mario Houben   Graphic Design
Jan Duclerc   Arranger
Lenny Prieto   Arranger
Giraldo Piloto   Composer
Ernesto Sanchez   Brass Arrangment
Ronnie Torres   Engineer
Rei Pena   Engineer
Rolando Alejandro   Engineer
Donato Poveda   Composer
Martha Medina   Personal Assistant
Benigno Echemendia   Composer
Johnny Ortiz   Composer
Erika Ender   Composer
Osvaldo De La Rosa   Composer
Nelson Santana   Drum Technician
Scott Reams   Engineer

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