Salsa Es Mi Vida

La Salsa Es Mi Vida

by Gerardo Rosales
     
 

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European based percussionist Gerardo Rosales has until now pretty much stayed in Latin jazz veins, framing jazz harmonies and melodic ideas inside the rhythms of his native Venezuela. Though there are some jazz oriented tracks on his 2002 release, evidently Rosales has found a new focus, a new reason to live. Salsa Es Mi Vida, just as one might expect by the

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European based percussionist Gerardo Rosales has until now pretty much stayed in Latin jazz veins, framing jazz harmonies and melodic ideas inside the rhythms of his native Venezuela. Though there are some jazz oriented tracks on his 2002 release, evidently Rosales has found a new focus, a new reason to live. Salsa Es Mi Vida, just as one might expect by the title, is straight-up New York style salsa. Though it was recorded in Rosales' home country of Holland, there's more than a little of the Big Apple in this disc. With players like Ralph Irizarry, Yosvany Terry Cabrera, Luis Perdomo (fellow Venezuelan) Marlon Simon, Robert Quintero and several other New Yorkers, this is as much a U.S. production as otherwise. The arrangements are fair, but not excellent, as are most of the performances. One of the downfalls of being cut off from a larger musical community, as Rosales must be in Holland, is that "as usual" can truly become good enough. There are some players that excel on foreign soil (like Orlando Poleo, another Venezuelan percussionist now living in France) but often times creative fires are cooled by European climates and lack of collaborators. Such may have been the case with Salsa Es Mi Vida, which though it is a pleasant listen, lacks creative spark.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2003
Label:
Challenge
UPC:
0608917509823
catalogNumber:
75098
Rank:
76856

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gerardo Rosales   Primary Artist,Bongos,Conga,Leader,Maracas,Bells,Claves,Shaker,Guiro,Latin Percussion
Ralph Irizarry   Timbales
Nelson Hernandez   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Raul Agraz   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Luisito Quintero   Timbales
Yosvany Terry Cabrera   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
Pablo Santaella   Trombone
Rubén Rodríguez   Electric Bass,Ampeg Baby Bass
Frankie Vazquez   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Robert Quintero   Bongos,Timbales,Bells,Triple Bells
Marlon Simon   Drums
Luis Perdomo   Piano

Technical Credits

Sam Burtis   Composer
John Diaz   Engineer
Gerardo Rosales   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Spanish Lyrics
Eddy Martinez   Arranger
Guido Diaz   Engineer
Alberto Naranjo   Arranger
Michael Simon   Arranger
Michael Simon   Arranger

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