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Auténtico

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • Label: Sony U.S. Latin
  • UPC: 037627062326
  • Catalog Number: 70623
  • Sales rank: 143,702

Album Credits

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, Mastering
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, Mastering
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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