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Born on june 7 1957 and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Baptized with the name Juan Luis Guerra-Seijas given by his parents, the late basketball player Gilberto Guerra and mother Olga Seijas. In his days of youth Guerra used to perform at school meetings singing sentimental songs. After finishing high school he enrolled in Philosophy and Literature in the Autonomic University of ... Read more in Amazon's Juan Luis Guerra Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 27, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B000008G9H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Many of Juan Luis Guerra's fans don't know that his first album was a jazz album. JLG was graduated from Berkley school of music as a Jazz musician and his first album did not do well. So he went to his original roots. He then came with his second album "Mudanza Y Acarreo" after that he became known as the best Dominican merengue band. This album is still very enjoyable. I have all of his CD's and this is one of favorites. It's totally different to his everything he has... I love JLG....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peppino on January 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
As the 2 previous reviews touch on very good information about this recording, I think some words have been forgotten.

"Juan Luis Gorilla" ..(the apelido I gave him as I used to tease my ex-namorada, who hails from Ponce PR! and was an applied fan of JLG so to make her "angry" ! )

.. has wonderful musical concept, and his solid sense of harmonia, melodia with marriage to the infectious "famous" Latin ritmos makes this a "must-encounter" recording, even as JLG's devout fans prefer his merengue/bachata ,frankly , quite more popular incarnation as musician /performer/composer !

And cannot forget to mention,also on this cd, missing in the reviews, are the moments of instrumental solo, the improvisation is TOP SHELF on this cd, I wish there was more solo space.

JLG made to blend, as previous mentioned, a vocal concept which I also would compare to not ONLY Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 as said , but , (as I come from an appreciation of the GREAT Brasilian vocal group tradition not well recognised in the USA),very 'progressive' vocal groups as Os Cariocas, Boca Livre , Quarteto Em Cy, etc! (Give them a chance too, if I can interject!)

Many can easily overlook the breezy vocals offered in this cd as , dare say "soft jazzy " like Manhattan Transfer offerings, but you must LISTEN to the incredible arrangements on EACH composition, the vocal and HORN arrangements are not only excrucuating beautiful , but very nuanced and complex!

The CD finishes with JLG's interpretation of the jazz standard Green Dolfin Street, need I say more. The river runs deep.

A note to both the "jazz- snobs" and applied disciples of JLG's more "popular-oriented" style (which I agree is great ALSO ), I wll say "en español"..
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By Policarpia on July 4, 2014
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