8 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rubén Blades fully indulged his lifelong passion for the Latin jazz orchestras of the '50s and '60s with the sumptuous arrangements of 2017's retro-leaning Salsa Big Band. Much like its sprawling predecessor, Medoro Madera retains the same vintage appeal, but these new grooves are more intimate, making for a set that's heavier on slow-burn romantic ballads like the stunning "Ya No Puedo Creerlo." Yet even decades after making his debut, Blades remains a bandleader out to set dance floors ablaze, especially on the fierce Latin funk of "El Panquelero."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rubén Blades fully indulged his lifelong passion for the Latin jazz orchestras of the '50s and '60s with the sumptuous arrangements of 2017's retro-leaning Salsa Big Band. Much like its sprawling predecessor, Medoro Madera retains the same vintage appeal, but these new grooves are more intimate, making for a set that's heavier on slow-burn romantic ballads like the stunning "Ya No Puedo Creerlo." Yet even decades after making his debut, Blades remains a bandleader out to set dance floors ablaze, especially on the fierce Latin funk of "El Panquelero."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
7 Ratings
7 Ratings
Nycsalsaking ,

Different

contrary to "some" people's narrow minded view of this production. I think it's totally refreshing and off the beaten path what Ruben has done here. He could have easily just laced his vocals on these typical cuban rhythms, but he altered his voice, with the help of studio tech, to make it sound totally unrecognizable. If I hadn't read up on the history of this album, I'd never known what it was about. Coupled with the image on the album cover. It's Ruben Blades image mixed in with an image of his father to create what you see here. It’s a tribute to the Cuban soneros of ages past and although arrangement wise, nothing ground breaking. The fact that he created an alter-ego, Medoro Madera, along with the use of voice altering technology and the visual interlacing of images to create said alter-ego, is very different, especially for an afro-cuban/latin production. I applaud Ruben for thinking a bit outside the box. As for the album, not bad by my standards. solid 7 out of 10. Your mileage may vary.

Tencyc101 ,

Fabulous!

Alot of dance and up beat tunes! Excellent !

Ninefamily ,

What? Ohh, so he made this for himself

Ruben is at that point where an artist starts believing that they can do anything and it’ll be great. Sorry, Ruben. This album is a disaster And you’re the reason. Take out your horrendous attempt to create an avatar of a sonero like Pete El Conde or a crooner like Daniel Santos, and the musical arrangements are classic. I’m going to forget that this lame attempt at creativity ever happened and continue to think YOU ARE THE GREATEST. I understand... sometimes we believe our own crap and no one around has the balls to say no to you. I pray this is an isolated incident.

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