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Album Review

After the breakup of his regular band, Gilberto Santa Rosa still maintained his usual, traditional-cum-romantic style. Esencia, however, is peppered with electronic music to spare, string accompaniments, and a superb ballad ("Para Vivir" by the legendary Cuban composer Pablo Milanes); even rap is thrown into the mix ("...Y Eso Duele," with help of rappers Memo and Vale). Unquestionably, Santa Rosa's most eclectic (and unusual) production to date. ~ José A. Estévez, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews


He isn't called "El Caballero de la Salsa" for no reason. From beginning to end, every song, spectacular! This is great CD. You will not be disappointed.

Salsa de verdad

La increible experiencia de todo un caballero de la salsa Gilberto Santa Rosa, expone su maxima expresion y sentimiento en cada una de estos temas, que la verdad son buenisimos tanto para bailar como para escucharlos en una noche romantica y llena de todo. Me encanta la musica salsa. Bravo. Gilberto. tu si sabes de este genero. Salud amigos. y desde Chicago le digo a bailar se ha dicho. suerte.


Every song on this album is great! Buy it and enjoy.


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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