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Album Review

This is Gilberto Santa Rosa's maiden effort as a bandleader, the one that kicked in one of the most successful salsa stories in history. At that time, the band had an overall sound that great resemblance to the Mario Ortiz Orchestra's (incidentally, the album's musical director/producer), and it certainly was not oriented to look for a new sound as opposed to the bright content that it sported. Nevertheless, it scores heavily, with tunes like "Sin un Amor," Charlie Donato's tailor-made "Cantante de Cartel," "Mañana al Mediodía," and "Encrucijada" (oddly enough, this tune somehow anticipates his success with Omar Alfanno's "Conciencia," as far as content). Of course, Gilberto's deft improvisations are the main ingredient here, one that will be honed to greater effect in future ventures. ~ José A. Estévez, Jr., Rovi


Born: 21 August 1962 in Puerto Rico

Genre: Salsa and Tropical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Gilberto Santa Rosa is one of the most esteemed, and certainly one of the most tradition-minded, soneros to rise to fame in the 1980s, and his popularity and acclaim only increased in subsequent decades, as did his stateliness. His style of salsa isn't easily categorized, for he often changes approach from one album to the next. His straight-ahead, dance-oriented albums (e.g., Perspectiva [1991], Auténtico [2004]) as well as his eclectic ones (Esencia [1996], Expresión [1999]) tend to be his most...
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