by Victor Manuelle


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The latest from New York–born, P.R.–bred salsero Victor Manuelle is produced within an inch of its life by Emilio Estefan and his Miami posse. But with that inch, a talented vocalist can make all the difference, and Manuelle is certainly talented. One of the very few young tropical stars with any improvisational ability, Manuelle sings outside of the box on Travesía. While he's most comfortable on the formulaic salsa numbers such as "Lloré Lloré" and "Tengo Ganas" that begin the record, Manuelle branches out into Latin-inspired pop to surprisingly good effect. While the sticky ballads one would expect from a high-profile Latin album are unavoidable, Manuelle keeps them to a minimum. Instead there's some high-quality tropical cumbia-pop in the Juanes mold: "Yo Te Daré," written with Estefan and Carlos Vives and about a dozen others, stands out, so does "No Te Dije" with its swells of organ and trumpets. "Contigo" is even more out of character, a flamenco-rock burner that recalls Chayanne's "Torero," complete with handclaps. It's easy to write off these experiments as marketing ploys to increase Manuelle's global sales, but given the choice between by-the-numbers romantic salsa and invigorating new sounds, it's nice to have a voice of Manuelle's caliber out there. What's Manuelle's own preference? Well, the salsero tips his hand with "Si Me Preguntan," a track he wrote in a luscious old-school son montuno that's practically exotic in this setting. Maybe next time.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/02/2004
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
UPC: 0037629327225
catalogNumber: 93272

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Victor Manuelle   Primary Artist
Sal Cuevas   Bajo Sexto
Emilio Estefan   Didjeridu
José Lugo   Piano
Santiago "Chago" Martínez   Maracas,Timbales,Bata,Guiro
Archie Pena   Percussion
Ramón Rodríguez   Coros
Johnny Torres   Bajo Sexto
Angel "Angie" Machado   Trumpet
Angel Torres   Baritonos
Carlos Martínez   Trumpet
Pablo Paredes   Tres
Robert Vilera   Percussion,Bongos,Bata,Campana
Ramon B. Sanchez   Metales
Alberto Gaitán   Keyboards,Didjeridu,Coros
Ricardo Gaitán   Keyboards,Didjeridu,Coros
Andres Castro   Guitar
Kenneth Montgomery   Trumpet
Vicky Echeverri   Coros
Antonio Vasquez   Trombone
Gerardo Rivas   Conga
José L. "Chegui" Ramos   Coros
Luis Aquina   Trumpet,Bajo Sexto

Technical Credits

Daniel Ponce   Engineer
Carlos Vives   Composer
Scott Canto   Engineer
Emilio Estefan   Composer,Producer
Jorge Gonzalez   Engineer
José Lugo   Arranger
Tom McWilliams   Composer
Tommy Villarini   Arranger
Victor Manuelle   Composer
Mario Houben   Graphic Design
Lenny Prieto   Arranger
Javier Garza   Engineer
Steve Menezes   Studio Coordinator
Ramon B. Sanchez   Bass Arrangement
Alberto Gaitán   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Ricardo Gaitán   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Alfred Figueroa   Engineer
Tony Mardini   Composer,Engineer
Herman "Teddy" Mulet   Contributor
Roberto Alejandro   Engineer
Marco Linares   Composer
Bruno Linares   Composer

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