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Not content with being perhaps the best-known purveyors of plena outside of their native Puerto Rico, Plena Libre have dramatically expanded their sound on Evolucion. This is no lame pop-crossover attempt, however, but an album that places the group's preferred styles of plena (basically, a native form of folk music that is to Puerto Rico roughly what calypso is to the Bahamas) and bomba (dramatic, danceable music based on African-originated forms) in the larger context of Afro-Cuban and Latin musical forms. So instead of infusing their material with American pop influences — an approach that almost never works — Plena Libre add bits of bossa nova, merengue, and other familiar forms to their own distinctive style. It works a treat, with fleet acoustic guitar trills, honking baritone sax, bata drums, and every imaginable form of hand percussion percolating underneath the group's mass-chanted vocals. In keeping with the group's deep connections to Puerto Rican musical history, however, three of the songs were written by Angel Luis Torruellas, a living legend who would be first pick for Puerto Rico's version of the Buena Vista Social Club, and he provides lead vocals on one track, a fiery, piano-led Latin jazz rendition of his standard "Yenyere."

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This is a fantastic CD. Those who have seen the group in person will be transported back to the concert, what with all the feelings that come soaring out of the music.


Fecha de formación: 1994

Género: Salsa y Tropical

Años de actividad: '90s, '00s

Founded by bassist Gary Nunez in 1994, Plena Libre reclaimed the long-ignored Puerto Rican folklore-derived plena style from the obscurity following its brief '50s/early-'60s popularity. Contemporary dance arrangements were all that was needed to return the style to prominence; the group's debut album, Juntos Y Revueltos, was recorded on a shoestring budget, but proved an instant sensation on the island. Subsequent...
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