El Cantante

El Cantante

by Marc Anthony



Marc Anthony plays the role of H�ctor Lavoe in El Cantante, the film he had been wanting and waiting to make for many years. Lavoe is a hero to salsa fans, famed for the artistry of his vocals and the intensity of his rhythm; his records with Willie Col�n during the early '70s were high points for salsa, and they paved the way for many vocalists to come (including one Marc Anthony). Anthony's physical resemblance to Lavoe is only passing, but no other musician alive could have done as much with this soundtrack tribute to Lavoe. Enlisting a variety of famed salsa musicians (including Yomo Toro, Marc Qui�ones, Bobby Allende, Milton Cardona, Jos� Mangual, and Tito Allen), Anthony and producer Sergio George reprise nine of H�ctor Lavoe's best moments on wax, including "Aguanile," "Che Che Col�," "Mi Gente," and the title track. The arrangements are very faithful to the '70s and '80s originals, except for occasional strings that work very well in context. Anthony and his group are dynamite, creating the type of excitement that's capable of bursting more than a few stereotypes and making newcomers to salsa realize that it's an incredibly important, incredibly artistic music. The tenth track finds Jennifer Lopez, Anthony's wife in the film and in real life, performing a pop ballad titled "Toma de M�," which functions pretty well as a love theme to El Cantante. For a direct look at what Lavoe meant to music, check out the two-disc compilation La Voz, but fans of the picture will want to own these songs as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/24/2007
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
UPC: 0886971182422
catalogNumber: 711824

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marc Anthony   Primary Artist
Yomo Toro   cuatro
Milton Cardona   Vocals,Coro
Tito Allen   Vocals,Coro
Bobby Allende   Conga
Renaldo Jorge   Trombone
Myung Hi Kim   Violin
Jose Mangual   Vocals,Coro
Ozzie Melendez   Trombone
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Ricardo "Tiki" Pasillas   Percussion
Marc Quiñones   Timbales
Laura Seaton   Violin
Gene Moye   Cello
Sergio George   Piano
Ray Colon   Bongos,Bells
Raul Agraz   Trumpet
Luis Quintero   Percussion,Timbales
William Castro   Arpa
William Duval   Vocals
Sarah Seiver   Cello
José Tabares   Bass
Peter Winograd   Violin
Ramon B. Sanchez   Conductor
Robert Rinehart   Viola
Daniel Panner   Viola
Elizabeth Dyson   Cello
Jenny Strenger   Violin
Wilson Cifuentes   Flute,Gaita
Katherine Fong   Violin
Duoming Ba   Violin
Minyoung Chang   Violin
Sarah OBoyle   Violin
Wen Qian   Violin
Sein Ryu   Violin
Mario Guini   Electric Guitar
Julio Reyes Copello   Piano
Daniel Caro   Bandola
Oriol Caro   tiple
Angélica Gámez   Violin
Laura Ospina   Cello
Urian Sarmiento   Percussion

Technical Credits

Rubén Blades   Composer
Willie Colón   Composer
Joe Cuba   Composer
Johnny Pacheco   Composer
Bobby Valentín   Composer
Marc Anthony   Producer,Executive Producer
Héctor Lavoe   Composer
Rubén Fuentes   Composer
Sergio George   Producer,Audio Production
Héctor Ivan Rosa   Engineer
Jim Caruana   Engineer
Luisito Quintero   Percussion Overdubs
Nelly Furtado   Composer
Peter Wade Keusch   Engineer
Bigram Zayas   Producer,Audio Production
Alysia Oakley   Assistant Music Supervisor
Matt Havron   Assistant Music Supervisor
Julio Reyes Copello   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The perfectly talented voice of Marc Anthony gives recognition to the pioneer of Salsa Music, Hector Lavoe. This album contains a smart choice of songs that directly coorelates with Hector Lavoe's tragic life which displayed his great joys and deep sorrows through his lyrics. This masterpiece gives a new generation of Spanish people an better understanding and appreciation for Hector Lavoe, who will always live on through his music. Bravo!
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