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Willie Rosario

A Man Of Music
CD (Bronco 145), Released 1987; Re-Issued 1995
Editor's Pick:
**Classics Revisited**
Willie Rosario's crack lead vocal team of Gilberto Santa Rosa and Tony Vega departed after his previous album, the Grammy-nominated Nueva Cosecha (1986 on Bronco), so eyes (and ears) were trained on Willie and his young producer Humberto Ramírez to see if they would meet the challenge of maintaining the band's dazzlingly high standards on 1987's A Man Of Music. They did not disappoint, because the choice of songs, quality of arrangements and the calibre of lead vocalists Pupy Cantor (ex-Libre) and Josué Rosado are all spot on. This album also marked the introduction of material by the Venezuelan composer, singer and percussionist Alfreddy Bogado that he had originally written for the album La Calle (1985 on Sonotone; yet to be reissued on CD) by the septet of the same name. Here arrangers José Febles and José Lugo adapt "Poco A Poco" and "A Maina" from La Calle's instrumentation of trombone, violin, vibes, rhythm section and voices to Rosario's trademark four trumpet / baritone sax format to create two of the bandleader's classic hits. Willie further delved into the material on La Calle to cover the Bogado compositions "Si No Estas Conmigo" (arranged by Lugo) and "Te Regalo Esta Cancion" (arranged by Febles) on The Salsa Legend '88, and "Esta Cosa Mia" (arranged by Febles) on Viva Rosario! '90. Yet another track from La Calle, "Cualquier Cancion" composed by Chico Buarque, was arranged by Febles for Willie's 30th anniversary album Unique '89. So the moral of this brief tale is: get A Man Of Music, and while you're at it, treat yourself to The Salsa Legend, Unique and Viva Rosario!. (John Child, 2004-10-05)
Song titles include:
Me Vas A Echar De Menois
Chenchere Guma
Ya No Importa
La Flauta El Violin
El Callejero
Poco A Poco
A Maina
Don Juan
Musicians include:
Willie Rosario Timbales
Humberto Ramirez Trompeta
Beto Tirado Saxo Baritono
Carlos Rondan Bajo
Rafi Villegas Bongos
Heriberto Santiago Trompeta
Julio Alvarado Trompeta
Guillermo Calderon Trompeta
Ricky Rodriguez Piano
Madamo Diaz Percusion
Pipo Garcia Congas
Pupy Cantor Cantantes
Josue Rondan Cantantes
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa => Puerto Rico
Shipping Value: 1
ORDER TL-14034.10 CD $15.98


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