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Rey Cabrera

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Review by Gary Hill

If you want to hear some traditional Latin music, this will definitely do the trick. It’s got a lot of energy and is quite fun. I like it a lot.

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Track by Track Review
Merci Beaucoup

There is such a joyful Latin groove to this that it’s really infectious.

Mi Niña Mari
The vocal hooks on this are quite catchy. Considering how rusty my Spanish is, that says a lot. I love the whole Latin vibe on this thing. It might not be quite as joyful as the previous piece, but it’s more meaty and compelling in some ways.
Los Refrancitos
The arrangement on this one seems a little busy – but not necessarily in a bad way. This isn’t as catchy as the two openers, but it does have quite a bit of magic to it.
Le Canto Al Palenque with Roberto Carrión
I really love this piece. It’s very traditional, with a lot of energy and oomph.
Cuando Nace El Sol with René Baes
A mellower number, this is fun. It has a great beat and just really grooves.
Me Voy A Recoger Café

This one has a lot of energy and the horn section really adds a lot to the mix.

Canto A Bruselas, 10 Años Después
This is so traditional and so tasty. I love the horns here, too. The piano solo is a nice touch, as well.
Los Testigos
The percussion is the main instrumental element here. This is quite Cuban in nature. I’d say it’s more decidedly Cuban than the rest here. Sure, everything has that element, but it’s more specific and pronounced here.
La Calabaza with Mongo Vuelta
I love the vocal performance on this piece. The whole thing has such a great energy and vibe to it, too.
El Fuiki Fuiki with DJ Proceed
This one is energetic and very traditional in style. It’s jazz and Latin and just plain fun.

 

 
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