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Celia Cruz & Friends: A Night of Salsa

Audio CD | Live

4.3 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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By Celia Cruz - RMM (2000) - Cuban Traditions, Latin Jazz, Latin Pop Celia Cruz & Friends: A Night of Salsa is taken from a PBS broadcast recorded in Hartford, CT, on May 12, 1999. With the help of Tito Puente, Johnny Pacheco, La India, and Isidro Infante & the RMM Orchestra, Cruz prances her way through an assortment of career favorites like "Mi Vida Es Cantar" and "Azucar Negra" and more traditional Latin classics like "Guantanamera."

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Celia's "friends" at this 1999 tribute concert are Tito Puente, Johnny Pacheco and La India. The direction and production are as smooth as they get, and Cruz herself introduces each cut in her mellifluous Cuban accent: Even when she's talking, it sounds like she's singing. Her extraordinary voice is now lower and even more resonant than in her youth.Particularly stirring is her cover of the bittersweet Cuban mega-hit "La Vida Es un Carnival." Cruz's duet with La India, "La Voz de Experiencia," manages to outdo the original studio version; the salsa princess' obvious ecstasy at sharing the stage with La Reina adds some real spice. Of course, there are the old standards, including a medley of "Babalu," "Siboney" and "El Cumbachera," the raucous "Quimbara," "Usted Abuso" and an improvised version of "Guantanamera" featuring the entire cast. Celia sings her trademark "Bemba Colora" better and better over the years; here it's a veritable incantation, with her voice backed sparely by piano, light percussion and a shadowy chorus. -- From Rhythm Magazine

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mi Vida Es Cantar
  2. La Dicha Mia
  3. La Vida Es Un Carnaval
  4. Celia & Tito
  5. Medley: Siboney/Babalu/El Cumbachero
  6. Azucar Negra
  7. Usted Abuso AKA Bose Abusou
  8. La Voz De La Experiencia
  9. El Guaba
  10. Quimbara
  11. Cucala
  12. Bemba Colora
  13. Guantanamera


Product details

  • Audio CD (February 8, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: February 8, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: RMM Records
  • ASIN: B00004L8EN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,217 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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