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La Ruta del Sabor (Remastered)

El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico

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Album Review

This supple El Gran Combo effort gets extra mileage thanks to arrangers Bobby Valentín, Louis García, and Ernesto Sánchez. They definitely add new color to Rafael Ithier's age-old formula, as swinging and hard-hitting as salsa can get. Charlie Aponte, Jerry Rivas, and Papo Rosario excel and are right on target; the most delicious tunes are "Buena o Mala," "Te Estás Poniendo Viejo" (arranged by Bobby Valentín), and "Amor de Tempestad." A definite improvement over their preceding First Class International (1993). ~ José A. Estévez, Jr., Rovi

Biography

Genre: Salsa y Tropical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Led by pianist and musical director Rafael Ithier (born: Rafael Ithier Eddie Perez), El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico is one of Puerto Rico's greatest dance bands. Four decades after their inception, the 13-piece salsa group continues to inspire dancers with its horn-punctuated Latin rhythms and lush vocal harmonies. Officially named "Ambassadors of Our Music" by the Puerto Rican Senate, El Gran Combo's many hits include such classics as "El Menu" and "Timablero." Their 1978 album, En Las Vegas sold...
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