Oye - Salsa Sabor Y Clave
(Oye Records 2005),
Wow, here's a surprise instant hit!
L.A. based singer Phil Robinson, who's part Dominican and part Puerto Rican (in case you were wondering) has produced a straight ahead, hard-driving dance salsa number that should be an instant DJ Pick. Robinson, who looks too young to have 30 years performing under his belt, was born in the bronx, then moved to the Dominican republic. He was the lead singer of Orquesta Yaré out of New Jersey in the '70s.
Back in L.A. as lead vocalist Robinson's band opened for some big names like Celia Cruz, Oscar D'Leon, Tito Nieves, Tito Puente, and Johnny Pacheco. Not too shabby.
With tracks like "Barranquilla" and the vibes fueled "Fantasia," Robinson jams more fire and finesse into Oye - Salsa Sabor y Clave than we've heard in a debut CD quite some time. Full swing arrangements and a voice that cuts right through his bands infectious zeal, Robinson adds nice touches hear and there — like the flute accents used in "El Rebolu'" a track that is sure to keep the dancers happy. Zero filler here.
This one, folks, is a must-have for those who can appreciate the finer aspects of salsa.
Very Highly recommended. (BP, 2006-03-28)
Song titles include:
El Amor Es Ciego
Pasa El Tiempo
Tu Forma Usual
Featuring: Saul Crachiolo, Francisco Torrez, Adrian Alvarez, Jose (Papo) Rodriguez, John Balzegai, Robretito Melendez, Michael Duffy, Serafin Aguilar, Nino Jesus, Cesar Espinoza, Martin Padilla, Pedro Pachamango And Johnny Polanco
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