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Cruz Control
CD (Eva Records 139072), Released 1997; Re-Issued 2012
Editor's Pick:
This was timbale player Ray Cruz's 1997 debut album, and it's an absolute gem. Extended grooves and wonderful vocals by Luisito Ayala and Carlos El Grande mark this a must have. Coro includes Herman Olivera and Luis (Madamo) Diaz. Also with New York legends Louis Bauzó and Lewis Kahn.

A big DJ Alert and Very Highly Recommended. - BP

Those who long for the days of the "real stuff" will be happy to acquire this album.
Once again I'm taken back to the day when albums had a greater variety of music as this one does. It contains Salsa, Cha-Cha, Bolero, an instrumental Mambo, Latin Jazz and a tinge of Charanga.
In today's overindulgent atmosphere of romantic themes it is refreshing to see the title Sopa de Bacalao (cod fish soup). It is also heartening to hear musicians taking solos. Remember when that was standard practice?
Timbalero, Ray Cruz is the band's leader. He was a member of the Mongo Santamaria Orchestra and has performed with Ricardo Ray and many bands in both Latin and Jazz disciplines. Cruz favors updated arrangements from the 50s and 60's. Their repertoire includes music by Tito Rodriguez, Tito Puente, Machito, and other bands from the Palladium era... (Eileen Torres) (, 2012-06-21)
Song titles include:
Borinquen La Flor
Sopa De Bacalao
Nuestro Querer
Se Va El Manguero
Bolero Medley
Esa Mujer
Cuando Te Vea
Mambo With Me
Musicians include:
Ray Cruz Leader and timbales
Louie Bauzo Bongos and bomba drum
Tomaso Santiago Conga and bomba drum
Bernie Minoso Bass
Sergio Rivera Piano on cuts 1,2,5,6,7, and 8
Igor Atalita Piano on cuts 3,4,9, and 10
David Chamberlain Trombone and flute
Lewis Kahn Trombone and violin
Bob Suttmann Trombone and sackbut
Luisito Ayala Lead vocals
Carlos El Grande Lead vocals
Herman Olivera Coro
Luis (Madamo) Diaz Coro
Hector Martignon Piano on Bolero Medley
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa
Shipping Value: 1
ORDER TL-16315.10 CD $13.98


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