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This album is best listened to as a companion to Cepeda's Afro Boricua ensemble disc. On this disc Cepeda presents the various rhythms of Puerto Rican music in a more pure form. Together both discs present an education in Puerto Rican music that will keep the student dancing.
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Personnel: William Cepeda: trombone, cua, conch shell, percussion, vocals; Donny McCaslin: saxophone; Omar Kabir: trumpet, conch shell; Raul Romero: guitar; Uli Gussendoerfer: piano, keyboards; Ruben Rodriguez: bass; Mark Walker: drums; Juan Gutierrez: bomba drums; vocals. Special Guests: Slide Hampton: trombone (1, 8); Paquito D'Rivera: alto saxophone, clarinet (4, 6); Yomo Toro: Cuatro (2). Additional Musicians: Luis Bonilla: trombone (3, 11); Tony Lujan: trumpet (2, 5, 6, 7, 11); Luis Aquino: trumpet (4, 6, 11); Luis Disla: saxophone (2, 9); Eric Figueroa: piano, keyboards (1); John Benitez: bass (6, 10, 11); Bobby Sanabria: bongos, vocals (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 11); Edgardo Miranda: cuatro (2); Tito Matos: pandereta, bomba drums, vocals (1, 4, 6, 7); Cita Rodgriguez: vocals (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 11); Richie Viruet: vocals (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 11); Juan Usera: vocals (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 11); Julio Merced: verso negro (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 11).
Track Listing: Bomba Swing, Ponta Pa'l Monte, Pa' Mi Cuembe, Waiting For Carmen, Toca Mi Caracol, Quasi Plena, For Now And Forever, Sara, Pa' Mi Gente, Colors, Afrorican Jam. Total time: 74:12.
Record Label: Blue Jackel
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