This diminutive Puerto Rican singer joined the Latin music firmament with one of the biggest selling merengue albums of all time, 1998's inescapable Suavemente. Boasting a title track so durable that Crespo's recorded it at least a dozen times over with slight variations, Suavemente carved a new niche in the highly formulaic world of merengue with a new formula. Slowing down the music's breakneck beat to better accommodate the undulating piano montunos that carry the songs' irresistible melodies, then jacking up the low end to showcase the Bootsy Collins-style bass lines, Crespo's producers capitalize on the urban popularity of merengue, delivering a sound equally at home alongside current hip-hop and R&B as it is next to salsa. The result became the first merengue album to go gold in nearly a decade, back when the urbane Juan Luis Guerra was synonymous with the D.R.'s music. For his part, Crespo, a onetime vocalist for Grupo Mania, is more enamored of Air Supply and other questionable pop outfits. With his keening voice and androgynous elfin looks, Crespo speaks volumes about gender roles in Latin music. But his perfect single "Suavemente" speaks louder still - to the hips.
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Performance CreditsElvis Crespo Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Miguel Gonzalez Bass
Luis Aquino Trumpet
Henry Garcia Background Vocals
Hector Herreras Percussion,Conga
Maximo Torres Requinto
Jose Diaz Saxophone
Richard Marcell Bass,Piano,Keyboards
Jose Dario del Rosario Tamboura
Raldy Vázquez Background Vocals
Luis A. Cruz Piano
Roberto Cora Background Vocals
Juan "Tun Tun" Castro Background Vocals
Alexis Fratacelli Guiro
Technical CreditsJose Gazmey Executive Producer
Israel Raynoso Casado Arranger
Richard Marcell Arranger,Director
Ricky Marti Engineer
Marcos Carrera Arranger
Luis A. Cruz Producer
Elvis Crespo Producer
Roberto Cora Arranger,Producer
Papo Rios Producer
Juan "Tun Tun" Castro Arranger
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Suavemente based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Luna Llena and Suavemente are my all time merengue favourites, I just love dancing to them. This album is a lot better than Pintamé, I recommend it!
ELVIS LOVE THIS SONG ITS VERY POWERFULL TO DANCE .. I LIKE IT A LOT.