Urbano

Urbano

by Elvis Crespo
     
 
With his each one of his three previous records reaching number one on Billboard's salsa chart, Elvis Crespo certainly had set a high standard of success for his 2002 release, Urbano. Leaving his pretty-boy look and youthful vocal approach behind him, Crespo both looks and sounds like an artist who has come into his own. Like fellow Puerto Rican artists Olga

Overview

With his each one of his three previous records reaching number one on Billboard's salsa chart, Elvis Crespo certainly had set a high standard of success for his 2002 release, Urbano. Leaving his pretty-boy look and youthful vocal approach behind him, Crespo both looks and sounds like an artist who has come into his own. Like fellow Puerto Rican artists Olga Tañón and Joseph Fonseca, Crespo has chosen the merengue rhythms native to the D.R. as his musical backdrop. The beefy, four-on-the-floor feel, filled out by the traditional horns and piano montuno is embellished by the urban influence hinted at in the title. Distorted rock guitar and electronic elements straight from the club add the extra dirt and funk necessary to set Crespo ahead of the pack. Where in some cases these elements would be unwelcome party crashers, they're used effectively by producer/musical director Roberto Cora. Crespo's vocal performances throughout are earnest and mature. His melodic sense and spare use of ornamentation make for a very digestible album. Elvis Crespo, like Tañón, is an artist who performs merengue, not a merengue artist. Urbano does honor to his successful past, and also offers promise for his bright future.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
Label:
Sony U.S. Latin
UPC:
0037628466222
catalogNumber:
84662

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Crespo   Primary Artist
Sergio Vargas   Track Performer
Miguel Gonzalez   Bajo Sexto
Albert King   Guitar
Jorge Laboy   Guitar
Luis Aquino   Trumpet
Ito Serrano   Guitar
Tonito Vazquez   Trombone
Ramón Orlando   Piano,Coros
Henry Garcia   Coros
Jose Luis Mateo   Trumpet
Richard Mercado   Guira
Joel Sanchez   Bajo Sexto
Crispin Fernández   Saxophone
Héctor Ivan Rosa   Mezcla
Yanira Torres   Coros
Jose Diaz   Trumpet
Eddie Almodovar   Piano
Pedro Angulo   Tamboura
Jose Dario   Tamboura
Reynold Sosa   Coros
Rafael Estrella   Coros
Freddy Méndez   Piano
Jesús Alonso   Trumpet
Eliezer Gonzalez   Bajo Sexto
Héctor (Calie) Herrera   Percussion,Conga
Wilfred Ortiz   Coros
Rafael Yapo   Guira
Elias Soriano   Bajo Sexto

Technical Credits

Jose Gazmey   Producer
Ramón Orlando   Arranger
Joel Sanchez   Arranger,Producer
Vic Anesini   Engineer
Héctor Ivan Rosa   Engineer
Ricky Marty   Engineer
Malu Seda   Photo Assistance
Luis A. Cruz   Arranger
Elvis Crespo   Executive Producer
Roberto Cora   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Musical Director
Freddy Méndez   Arranger,Programming,Engineering
Chris Domingo   Engineering

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