Don Baaska | From Puerto Rico with Love

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From Puerto Rico with Love

by Don Baaska

12 celebrated melodies by Puerto Rican composers styled on piano, bass & Latin percussion.
Genre: Latin: Bolero
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Maria Cervantes
4:15 $0.99
2. Obsesion
3:02 $0.99
3. Cachita
3:00 $0.99
4. Mi Version
3:25 $0.99
5. Piano Merengue
3:02 $0.99
6. Y Entonces/Luna Sobre el Condado
3:04 $0.99
7. Piel Canela
2:52 $0.99
8. Verde Luz
2:37 $0.99
9. Oye Como Va
3:41 $0.99
10. Campanitas de Cristal
3:46 $0.99
11. Nave sin Rumbo
3:02 $0.99
12. Lamento Borincano
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Album Notes
A couple of years ago I was watching the Grammys and was impressed by a brief appearance of the Buena Vista Social Club. Next day I rented their video. A wave of nostalgia washed over me. "This is the way it used to sound" I said to myself.

In 1953 I was playing piano at the Happy Hour Bar in Key West. Havana was just a few miles away across the Gulf Stream and Cuban radio stations came in at night. After work I would wander down Duval Street to the Preview Lounge where my friend tended bar. Frank told wonderful stories about Puerto Rico. The weather was always warm, the girls were all beautiful, the beaches were great and every day was party time. In May we took a few days off to visit the Island. At Miami airport, we hitched a ride on a DC 3 with a load of live chickens. The "few days" turned into 17 years and I didn't leave Puerto Rico until 1970.

My first job here was playing piano & accordion wih the quintet at the Caribe Hilton. The show band at that time was led by Cesar Concepcion. The quintet alternated with the band playing dance music before and after the show. It was 50% American "society" music and 50% mambo, cha-cha, bolero & merengue. No one called it Salsa yet.

In the 60's, I was at the Dorado Beach Hotel with Charlie Rodrigues on sax, Raful Martinez on bass and Angel Dueno on drums. Charlie left to front the band at the Sheraton but the trio stayed on. We played together 6 hours a night, 6 nights a week for 11 years. We were so tight that we completed each others sentences like Donald Duck's nephews Huey, Dewey & Louie.

In 1970 I left the Island for LA, but that's another story. Returned in 1980 and am still here, residing in Luquillo. My wife Valli and I book music & entertainment for conventions. Still play a few gigs.

The songs on this CD are by Rafael Hernandez, Sylvia Rexach, Pedro Flores, El Topo, Bobby Capo, Johnny Coquet and Tito Puente--all Puerto Rican composers. I tried to capture the way this music sounded back in the 60's. Hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed recording these great songs.

From Puerto Rico with Love, Don Baaska



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Tom Vaughan

Fino! Smooth but with spice at the same time. A gem.
A great CD for relaxing while keeping in a Latin Caribe mood. I bought it for myself while on quick business trip to the island. I liked it so much that I bought a few more for friends the day I left. I wish I knew of Mr. Baaska when I lived on the island 1995-2002. Classic songs done with taste, style, and respect.


From PR with Love is soft and quiet with a great latin beat.
From PR with Love is soft and quiet with a great latin beat that is not heart pounding salsa. Provides easy background music to any social or private situation. It keeps us in constant touch with home.

Thank you so much for your email. I was about to write you about it. It
>was a great discovery for me to find about you, and specially that you are
>also living in PR.
>I'm an Architect practicing in San Juan and a big fan of latin jazz music.
>Your CD is fantastic!!! I really liked it. Your solos are very good with
>swing and coherence plus some feeling.
>Piel canela is great! Cachita, a lot of swing!!
>I will give a copy of your Cd to my friend Wito
>Morales host of a Latin Jazz radio program on
>Saturday nights in 92.5 FM Radio Oro so that he
>plays it.
>Anyway, congratulations on a well done latin instrumental piano recording.
>What a surprise!!!
>Alberto M. Alvarado


I am so glad I found your CD. Your artistry and execution personifies our great puertorrican musical tradition. Your phraseology is pure "melao." Please give us more of it!

soul latino

very good!!
don baaska, very good job, you brought me back good memories of my grandfather!!!! beautiful cd!!!