Unforgettable Boleros

Unforgettable Boleros

by Chucho Valdés
     
 

Irakere has had its share of personnel changes over the years. Led by pianist/arranger Chucho Valdés, the Irakere lineup heard on 2000's Unforgettable Boleros includes, among others, bassist Carlos del Puerto, drummer Enrique Plá, trumpeters Mario Félix Hernández andSee more details below

Overview

Irakere has had its share of personnel changes over the years. Led by pianist/arranger Chucho Valdés, the Irakere lineup heard on 2000's Unforgettable Boleros includes, among others, bassist Carlos del Puerto, drummer Enrique Plá, trumpeters Mario Félix Hernández and Basilio Márquez, alto saxophonist César López, tenor saxophonist Alfredo Thompson, and percussionists José Miguel Meléndez and Andrés Miranda. This time, two vocalists are featured prominently: Mayra Caridad Valdés and Leo Vera; both of whom are perfect choices for an album that is devoted to classic boleros (Latin ballads). Recorded during a visit to São Paolo, Brazil, this excellent CD finds the veteran Cuban band turning its attention to famous boleros that range from Consuelo Velazquez's "Bésame Mucho," Ernesto Lecuona's "Estás en Mi Corazón," and Oswaldo Farres' "Tres Palabras" to Bobby Capo's "Piel Canela," and José Mendez's "Mi Mejor Canción." The title Unforgettable Boleros isn't an example of empty hype, these time-tested ballads are, in fact, hard to forget, and they have held up well over the years. Spanish-speaking vocalists who were born long after Velázquez wrote "Bésame Mucho" or Lecuona wrote "Estás en Mi Corazón" continue to find the songs meaningful. Unforgettable Boleros isn't among Irakere's more adventurous albums, but it is heartfelt and consistently rewarding.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2000
Label:
VELAS
UPC:
0692057200528
catalogNumber:
2005

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chucho Valdés   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards
Enrique Pla   Drums
Cesar Lopez   Alto Saxophone
José Miguel Meléndez   Percussion,Timbales,Vocals
Alfredo Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Mario Félix Hernandez   Trumpet
Andrées Miranda   Conga
Leo Vera   Vocals
Mayra Caridad Valdés   Vocals

Technical Credits

Chucho Valdés   Orchestral Arrangements,Direction
Agustín Lara   Composer
Antoine Midani   Engineer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Leonardo Acosta   Liner Notes
Alfredo Le Pera   Composer
Newton D'Avila   Producer

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