La Negra Tiene Tumbao

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All Music Guide - Rose of Sharon Witmer
Forever the innovator, the undisputed Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, has topped the charts with her 2001 CD release, La Negra Tiene Tumbao. Mesmerizing tumbao rhythms permeate this recording that has captivated critics and fans alike. The warm and zesty music appeals to both younger and older audiences. Cruz, in her eighh decade of life and fifth decade of recording, is also hot with the young set. At her historic appearance at the 2001 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the audience was jammed with young people who came to pay homage to the living legend. She did not disappoint, dressed in dazzling sequins and belting out tune after tune in her vibrant and ...
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All Music Guide - Rose of Sharon Witmer
Forever the innovator, the undisputed Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, has topped the charts with her 2001 CD release, La Negra Tiene Tumbao. Mesmerizing tumbao rhythms permeate this recording that has captivated critics and fans alike. The warm and zesty music appeals to both younger and older audiences. Cruz, in her eighh decade of life and fifth decade of recording, is also hot with the young set. At her historic appearance at the 2001 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the audience was jammed with young people who came to pay homage to the living legend. She did not disappoint, dressed in dazzling sequins and belting out tune after tune in her vibrant and seasoned voice. Keeping up with the times, the title track of the CD features a long rap sequence that has made it wildly popular with not only young Latino fans, but English-speaking audiences as well. The song and album that are up for a Latin Grammy can be heard not only on the big Latin American stations in L.A., New York, and Miami, but on many English-speaking stations as well. While "La Negra Tiene Tumbao" may be the CD's biggest draw, there are many other outstanding selections on the recording. Backed by a big sound of trumpets, trombones, and percussion instruments, Cruz puts out a musical feast of Afro-Cuban sound, such as on "Tatia Bilongo" and "Sin Clave No Hoy." The latter tune features a wonderful piano solo by Isidro Infante. Cruz sings a couple of great duets with musical colleague Johnny Pachecho. "Dejenme Vivir" and "Tararea Kumbayea" are a happy union of the voices of these longtime friends. From start to finish, the CD swings, as the electrifying and indefatigable Celia Cruz proves once again that being young is a state of mind.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2001
  • Label: Sony U.S. Latin
  • UPC: 037628451921
  • Catalog Number: 84519

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Celia Cruz Primary Artist
Johnny Pacheco Harmonica, Percussion, Background Vocals
Willie Rodriguez Piano
Hector Casanova Maracas
Richie Flores Conga
Jorge Gonzalez Bongos
Papo Lucca Piano
Ozzie Melendez Trombone
Marc Quiñones Percussion, Timbales
Nestor Sanchez Background Vocals
Hector Colon Trumpet
Sergio George Piano, Keyboards
Isidro Infante Piano, Keyboards
Ray Colon Bongos
Nelson Hernandez Baritone Saxophone
Raul Agraz Trumpet
Luis Quintero Percussion
Guido Diaz Guitar
Pablo Santaella Trombone
Jhon Jairo Ibañez Background Vocals
Mikey Perfecto Guest Appearance
Rubén Rodríguez Bass
Jose Tavares Bass
Bill Romero Conga
Carlos Henríquez Bass
Roberto Luis Rodriguez Trumpet
John Scarpulla Baritone Saxophone
Marco Antonio Ibanez Background Vocals
Joe King Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Johnny Pacheco Arranger, Producer
Bobby Valentín Arranger
Celia Cruz Liner Notes
Mario DeJesús Engineer
Mike Fuller Mastering
Oscar Gomez Executive Producer
Papo Lucca Arranger
Sergio George Arranger, Producer, drum programming
Mario Houben Graphic Design
Angel Carrasco Contributor, Executive Producer
Isidro Infante Arranger, Producer
Nelson Hernandez Arranger
Guido Diaz Engineer
Victor Daniel Arranger
Rafael Lugo Composer
Federico Llado Composer
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