Pablo "Chino" Nuñez
It's SHO Time: Strictly Hardcore On 1 Or 2 - Tribute To The Dancers; Enhanced CD
(Cookita Records 002),
Ok, it's official: Salsa Dura is alive and well in New York City. Within a year after the hard salsa releases of George Delgado, Jimmy Bosch, Ralph Irizarry, Ricky Gonzalez (all of whom are featured on this CD), not to mention the pivotal releases of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, it is pretty safe to say that the genre is, at the very least, experiencing a revival of sorts. And while I'll stop way short of saying that there is a thriving club scene here, the likes of Mr. Nuñez and friends are certainly participant in the possible emergence of one. I, for one, am ready.
Nuñez, with pure timbalero muscle, leads here with the focus and intensity of a matador. These arrangements have legs, and the band, always on cue, attacks without mercy. A big tip of the hat is offered to Ray Barretto on the fresh arrangement of "Indestructible." (Listen to Nuñez's timbales sing on this one.) Other dynamic tracks like "Homenaje Al Bailador," sung by Willie Torres and Marcos Bermudez, and the opening number "Aqui Cada Uno Viene Con Lo Suyo," interpreted by Frankie Vazquez, serve to remind us of what is truly indestructible: the very spirit of salsa and the dancers it is made for.
But it is the ferocious "Soneros De Bailadores" which is the center of the hurricane. Subtitled "Homenaje a Cheo Feliciano, Pete 'El Conde' Rodriguez y Ralphy Mercado," this number is pure salsa fever. And with singers like Mr. Vazquez, Ray Sepulveda, Ray Viera, Frankie Morales, José "Papo" Rivera and percussionists like Marc Quiñones, Ralph Irizarry, Bobby Allende, George Delgado, Willie Romero and Eric Velez — it would be hard not to be.
DJ Alert — a salseros Must-have.
Very Highly Recommended. (BP, 2005-07-05)
Song titles include:
Aqui Cada Uno Viene Con Lo Suyo
Ponme A Gozar
Soneros De Bailadores
La Cintura Quieres Mover (Reggaeton)
Indestructible (Homenaje A Ray Barretto)
Siempre Muere Con Ganas
Homenaje Al Bailador
Un Desconocido 4:42
Frankie Vazquez, Ray Sepulveda, Willie Torres, Willie Ruiz, LUZ-E, Marcos Bermudes, Jose Papo Rivera, Frankie Morales, Ray Viera, Van Lester Vocals
Ralphy Irizarry, Marc Quiñones, Bobby Allende, Jorge Gonzalez, George Delgado, Willie Romero, Eric Velez Percussion solos on 'Soneros y Bailadores'
Ricky Gonzalez, Pablo Chino Nuñez Piano
Meximo Rodriguez, Pablo Chino Nuñez Bass
Richie Viruet, Pete Nater, Raul Agraz Trumpets
Mitch Frohman Baritone sax
Jimmy Bosch Trombone
Pablo Chino Nuñez Timbales
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