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Album Review

Furthering his long career as a heavy hitter for Sony International, Gilberto Santa Rosa brought a strong release to the salsa listening world for 2004, Auténtico. After many years as one of the most respected vocalists in salsa, and one with the greatest fidelity to tradition, there are few who could doubt his authenticity, but just to make sure, Auténtico is packed with gusty, men-from-the-boys style salsa. A slight deviation from his more pop-oriented direction of late, this record is dancehall-style salsa from beginning to end. Santa Rosa sounds as strong as ever, with a distinctly Blades-esque tone to his voice and phrasing. The likeness is startling at times. There are few bands on the scene today who are as dedicated as Santa Rosa is to the performance of traditional salsa with double-barreled enthusiasm. Perhaps only paralleled by salsa great Oscar D'León, Santa Rosa seems dedicated to the aesthetic of salsa's 1970s heyday. Auténtico features a great variety of styles, including guajira, plena, rhumba, and of course, the mambos that won him the superstar status that he enjoys today. The writing is good, yet not outstanding. Though the performances are strong, there isn't a single on the record. Instead, the record is best enjoyed as a whole. For those who like their salsa straight up, Santa Rosa and Auténtico have the recipe for clave con swing, no chaser. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, Rovi

Customer Reviews

el verdugo de la salsa, por jose rodriguez alavez

no cabe duda que gilberto es el verdugo de la salsa!!!! les recomiendo a todos los que le guste la salsa que tengan este cd y todas las canciones de gilberto por que valen la pena que no falte en su biblioteca musical... desde portland oregon usa, en beaverton saludos a todos, joseito rodriguez a saludos a jose u, leinna m, alirio a, wenna t,chino, albert a y daniel r.

If you like this, then check out LA TROPICA "Tropical Moods"!!!!!

If you like good swinging salsa, then check out the group LA TROPICA. I tunes posted the 2nd of their two recordings. "Tropical Moods". This where Gilberto's musical director, Tommy Villariny, began his career. The albums were recorded and released by COMBO RECORDS when TOMMY VILLARINY (Gilberto Santa Rosa) & EDGARD NEVAREZ (Rafy Leavitt- Tommy Olivencia) graduated from The Berkeley School of Music in Boston. Since then they were dubbed the "BERKELEY BOYS". You can here the swinging sounds of Gilberto Santa Rosa & a bit of El Gran Combo here. Tommy went on to direct and arrange Gilberto's first four solo recordings for COMBO RECORDS. Songs like "Cantante De Cartel", "Tu", "Sin Un Amor", "Tengo Una Muneca". Check those out too!!! Cheers!!!


Born: August 21, 1962 in Puerto Rico

Genre: Música 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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