Posthumous double album by the Cuban singer-songwriter Paul Milanes (1943-2022) titled Love and Salsa – 80th Anniversaryrecorded before his death together with artists of the stature of Alessandro Sanz OR Diego Torreswas released last Friday.
“After the release of several singles that anticipated this posthumous work by Cuban musician Pablo Milanés, it finally arrives in its entirety Love and Salsa – 80th Anniversary‘, the Spanish artistic company Mirmidón said in a statement.
This tribute album was created several years ago by the hand of Dagoberto Gonzalez Jr.executive producer of the project, musical director and arranger of all tracks.
“Pablo, who has been enthusiastic about this project for some years, has been able to count on the participation of excellent musicians and virtuoso instrumentalists, giving him the freshness and charisma that this new album conveys to us”, adds the release.
New versions of old hits
For the registration of this double album of new releasesperformed as a duet with the exception of two pieces in which the great Pablo, author of, sings alone Yolande He surrounded himself with great artists.
Talents have collaborated on the project, in addition to those mentioned, such as Andy Montañez, Oscar D’León, Rosario, Ismael Miranda, Luis Enrique, La India, Francisco Céspedes, El Canario, Aymée Nuviola and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Yotuel, Caco Senante, Victor Manuelle and Isaac Delgado.
All expressed, through their performances, “their admiration for the work of the Cuban singer-songwriter”.
As for Milanés’ career, it was highlighted that the Cuban “was able to face a gender diversity his whole oeuvre, from tradition to modernity, via jazz, rumba, son or bolero”.
That interpretative versatility of Milanés now expands with this “world premiere” at genre sauce under the orchestration and arrangements of Dagoberto González Jr., with whom he shares “a long musical history being part of his group for more than 25 years and having produced and musically directed several of the master’s albums”.
A record full of strength
The choice of 20 songs that make up the album fell mainly to González Jr. who, in close relationship with Milanés, was weaving an album full of musical strength in a genre so rooted in the musical tradition of Cuban son combined with salsa.
In the new work, the follower of Milanés will find classic pieces of his career such as The short space where it is noton this occasion interpreted in the company of the “elegance” of the Puerto Rican Gilberto Santa Rosa (The Knight of Salsa), Live, with “flamenco winks” in their arrangements, performed together with Alessandro SanzOR I don’t ask youalongside the overwhelming force of India.
Plus, of course, the song stands out Yearsinterpreted with Oscar D’Leon, where the way of improvising is striking, to quote some of the pieces composed by Milanés.
Milanés’ oeuvre also includes other lesser-known themes and some unpublished ones that correspond to very recent compositions, such as clear day (2014), that the Colombian Juanes He performed with absolute mastery.
The disc collects in its entirety 18 collaborations and two songs that Milanés performs alone. It has been recorded between Havana, Madrid, Miami, Puerto Rico, New Jersey and New York.
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