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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