Manny Oquendo & Libre: Ahora
Of particular note is the passionate ballad, "Sabor a Mi," which features the Spanish vocals of Herman Oliveira and the English vocals of pianist Willie Rodriguez. Both men display near-perfect tone quality, pitch, enunciation, and most important, sincerity. It's sheer beauty and Latin romance at its best. (Milestone MCD-9288)
Tracks:Tu Me Perteneces; El Son; Asia Minor (a musical tribute to Frank "Machito" Grillo and Mario Bauza); Drogas Fatal; Obsession; Sabor a Mi; Concierto de Oquendo. (51:32)
Manny Oquendo, leader, timbales, bongo, timbalitos, guiro, maracas, coro; Andy Gonzalez, bass, claves, coro; Willie Rodriguez, piano, English vocal on "Sabor a Mi"; George Delgado, congas, bata; Jimmy Bosch, Angel "Papo" Vasquez, Norman Hogue, Leonardo Pollara, trombones; Herman Oliveira, lead vocals, coro. Guests: Joe Locke, vibes, synthesizer strings; Steve Turre, trombone (plunger-mute solo on "Sabor a Mi"); Milton Cardona, coros.
Record Label: Fantasy Jazz