Raymond Torres-Santos | Antillano

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by Raymond Torres-Santos

The recording showcases the musical richness found in Puerto Rican music (aguinaldo, mapeyé, danza, mazurka, bomba, salsa, bolero), the Caribbean world (merengue, reggae, calypso, soca, songo) and South America (samba). They are seen through the lenses of jazz (straight ahead and smooth), classical (symphonic), and other contemporary genres (fusion, rock, funk, R&B and ballad).
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Antillano
6:12 $0.99
2. Aguinaldo/Mapeye
7:38 $0.99
3. Celebremos/Rejoice
5:29 $0.99
4. Like the First Time
5:25 $0.99
5. Gozando
5:29 $0.99
6. Monchito
5:46 $0.99
7. Impromptu
4:54 $0.99
8. Que Sabes Tu
6:46 $0.99
9. What If?
5:23 $0.99
10. Aurora
4:20 $0.99
11. Perdido
6:00 $0.99
12. Felices Dias
3:58 $0.99
13. Aruba
7:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
The repertoire includes original music as well as a historical retrospective of Puerto Rican traditional and folk songs. Original music includes: Antillano, with a Caribbean rhythm and steeldrums, creates a world of palm trees and beaches; Celebremos/Rejoice and Gozando are selection with a Latin-jazz salsa beat; What If? is a reggae; Like the First Time and Monchito (dedicated to his father Ramón) are more ‘pop-oriented’; and Arubá is a Brazilian samba.

There are also contemporary arrangements of the traditional Puerto Rican aguinaldo and seis mapeyé in Aguinaldo/Mapeyé as well as of the mazurka in Aurora, an anthem of all players of the Puerto Rican string instrument, cuatro. In addition, Torres-Santos made special arrangements inspired on the 19th and early 20th centuries Puerto Rican danzas, Felices Días and Impromptu by Juan Morel Campos and Luis R. Miranda respectively. Furthermore, it includes the beautiful bolero by Mirta Silva, Qué sabes tú (dedicated to his mother Hilda Rosa). The recording ends with the first ‘jazz’ composition by a Puerto Rican, Perdido by Juan Tizol, trombonist and assistant to Duke Ellington.

Participating musicians included: Egui Sierra and Ricardo Lugo, bass; César Pavel, guitar; Gonchi Sifre, drums; Carlos Cruz, rhythm programming; Ricky Rodríguez, percussion; Angel Torres, saxophone and flute; and Luis Aquino, trumpet. Also strings musicians from the Puerto Rico Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras with Fernando Medina as contractor. The CD was recorded at Digitec in San Juan, Puerto Rico and RTS Music in Los Angeles, California by Gerardo López and Carlos Cruz; mixed by Gerardo López in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and mastering by Greg Bartheld at Ignited Now, Los Angeles, California.



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