Retratos

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All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
Michael Stuart's sophomore release, Retratos would be the record that set his feet firmly on the path away from mainstream salsa. Though the music is certainly salsa, and Stuart a salsero sin dudas, it is a music that refuses to settle or conform. Though there are several tracks that play it straight, and are dancehall-worthy New York salsa, there are clues set around every corner that hint at Stuart's taste for the extraordinary. There are subtle melodic gestures and rhythmic textures that belie the record's sophistication. Producer Angel Fernandez and RMM owner Ralph Mercado seem to have their sights set high for the future of salsa and Stuart's place in it. ...
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All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
Michael Stuart's sophomore release, Retratos would be the record that set his feet firmly on the path away from mainstream salsa. Though the music is certainly salsa, and Stuart a salsero sin dudas, it is a music that refuses to settle or conform. Though there are several tracks that play it straight, and are dancehall-worthy New York salsa, there are clues set around every corner that hint at Stuart's taste for the extraordinary. There are subtle melodic gestures and rhythmic textures that belie the record's sophistication. Producer Angel Fernandez and RMM owner Ralph Mercado seem to have their sights set high for the future of salsa and Stuart's place in it. Mercado, having been involved in almost every important release in the genre over the last ten years, certainly has an eye for talent and what to do with it. Fernandez, a veteran among veterans, has a suave, intelligent touch, and the arrangements have an inviting, charming quality not common in the often over-produced, plastic-sounding Latin pop world. Stuart himself sounds strong and clean, never disappointing. His ability to handle some truly demanding material sets him apart as one of New York salsa's most promising performers. Retratos is an exciting step for a promising artist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/1998
  • Label: Rmm Records
  • UPC: 602828226725
  • Catalog Number: 82267

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Niña Bella (4:30)
  2. 2 La Soledad De Tu Amor (4:51)
  3. 3 A Fuego Lento (4:39)
  4. 4 Destino (4:25)
  5. 5 Como Decirte Adios (4:46)
  6. 6 Hasta Cuando (4:36)
  7. 7 Pero Ella (4:44)
  8. 8 Vivo Para Siempre (4:22)
  9. 9 Pero Ahora (4:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Stuart Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Steve Khan Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bobby Allende Bongos, Conga
Marc Quiñones Timbales
Deborah Resto Background Vocals
Miguel Rivera Trombone
Nestor Sanchez Background Vocals
Richie Bastar Bongos, Conga
Guillermo Calderón Trumpet
Ricky Gonzalez Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Strings
Juan Gonzalez Synthesizer, Piano
Pablo Santaella Trombone
Alejandro Villegas Background Vocals
William Duval Background Vocals
Rubén Rodríguez Bass
José Sibaja Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Erben Perez Bass
Robert Vilera Timbales, Djembe
Fernando Marcano Trumpet
Luis Daniel Cabarcas Background Vocals
Kevin Ceballo Background Vocals
José Cruz Trombone
Ardie Walser Background Vocals
Carlos Camacho Background Vocals
Thomas Stuart Background Vocals
Victor Trinidad Timbales
Pete Gomez Maracas
Joe King Background Vocals
Juan Rivera Conga
Carlos Martinez Bass
Technical Credits
Ana Gabriel Composer
John Diaz Engineer
Angel Fernandez Producer
Ralph Mercado Executive Producer
Guido Diaz Engineer
Jose Mendez Engineer
Damaris Mercado Director, Producer, Art Direction
Pablo Santaella Engineer
Liliane Van Balberghe Graphic Design
Fernando Marcano Director
Paul Austin Mastering
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