Estrella Guia [CD & DVD]

Estrella Guia [CD & DVD]

by Alexandre PiresAlexandre Pires
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On his third solo outing, Brazilian crooner Alexandre Pires, formerly lead vocalist of Só Pra Contrariar, continues to issue his albums in both his native Portuguese and in Spanish. Interestingly enough, his Spanish language recordings are the ones that sell the most. On Estrella Guia, Pires takes his now-trademark, silky-smooth approach to Latin pop and, along with producer Adrian Posse, makes it slicker than ever (think Celine Dion). Unlike his earlier outings, there is nothing here to suggest that Pires is even from Brazil -- all notions of samba have disappeared, and are instead covered in generic washes of synthesized strings, computerized percussion, and vocals so multi-tracked it's impossible to tell whether they are male or female. That said, Pires' voice counts for a lot. The songs themselves are beautiful Latin pop songs, heavy on the smoother-than-smooth balladry that makes singers like Marc Anthony so successful. The difference is that Pires is a better vocalist in the purest sense of the word than virtually any of his contemporaries. But even here, when he sings in Spanish instead of in his native tongue, the depth of his emotional expression is somewhat stilted, hence the different mixes of the albums -- the Portuguese one concentrates less on overblown arrangements. The two most successful moments here are the duets "Solo Que Me Falta," with Alejandro Sanz, and "Inseguridad," with Rosario. On the former, the shimmering smooth jazz arrangement allows both men to pull out all the stops and juxtapose their voices with one another without competing. When the semi-funky rhythm kicks in on the second verse, they become inseparable as opposing forces. On the latter, a nuevo flamenco number, Pires is able to step out of the box he's placed himself in, and he goes deep into the tradition for his phrasing, allowing Rosario the pop refrain to balance the track -- in other words, to pull it away a bit from its folk influences. Other than these two moments, however, Estrella Guia

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2003
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
UPC: 0828765640923
catalogNumber: 13348

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alexandre Pires   Primary Artist,Percussion
Alejandro Sanz   Tres,spanish guitar
Daniel Grace   Vocals
Chocolate   Drums
Bidinho   Trumpet
Antonio Carmona   Percussion,spanish guitar
Jose Miguel Carmona   spanish guitar
James Gordon   Guitar
Julio Hernández   Bass
Orlando Hernandez   Drums
Lee Levin   Drums
Wendy Pedersen   Vocals
Alceu Reis   Cello
Elio Rivagli   Drums
Serginho Trombone   Trombone
Rick Amado   Violin
Dan Warner   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Lincoln Olivetti   Keyboards
Tommy Anthony   Vocals
Jesuina Noronha Passaroto   Viola
Jose Carlos Ramos   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Michel Bessler   Violin
Paschoal Perrota   Violin
Carlos Eduardo Hack   Violin
Bernardo Bessler   Violin
Jose Alves   Violin
Estéfano   Vocals
Fernando Illán   Bass
Marcelo Martins   Alto Saxophone
Rey Nerio   Drums,Vocal Director
Joao Daltro   Violin
Heitor Fujinami   Violin
Tato Icasto   fender rhodes
Glauco Imasato   Violin
Helena Akiku Imasato   Violin
Zigmunt Kubala   Cello
Cecilia Leskovar   Vocals
Braulio Lima   Cello
Marcio Eymard Malard   Cello
Jorge Salim   Violin
Jerjes Valero   Vocals
Bruno Zuchetti   Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Emanuele Ruffinengo   Piano,Keyboards
Alejandro DeLeon   Viola
Alejandro Ramirez   Violin
Alexandre Cunha   Violin
Liliana Rodriguez   Vocals
Mauricio Takeda   Violin
Claudio Rosa   Bass
Laércio Da Costa   Percussion
Adrián Martinez   Guitar
Danilo Ballo   Keyboards,Vocals
Danny Costa   Percussion
Lena Pérez   Vocals
Dayan Abad   Electric Guitar
Pedro Alfonso   Strings
Clay Perry   Keyboards
Area 305   Vocals
Miami Symphonic Strings   Strings
Denner Campolina   Bass
Toti Panzanelli   Guitar
Bob Benozzo   Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Pedro Ferreira   Keyboards,Vocal Director
Cinzia Astolfi   Vocals
Angie Bao   Drums
Marie Christine S. Bessler   Viola
Jeff Broderick   Synthesizer Guitar
Nelson Cano   Percussion
Ivan Decloedt   Bass
Cláudio DeVecchi   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Aldo Gouveia   Vocals
Paulo Valderrama   Bass

Technical Credits

Alejandro Sanz   Composer
Antonio Carmona   Producer
Jota Moraes   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Rudy Pérez   Arranger,Composer,Director,Producer
Ross Vannelli   Composer
Bruce Weeden   Engineer
Richard Serotta   Engineer
Rafael Ferro   String Arrangements
Lincoln Olivetti   Arranger
Adrian Posse   Composer
Juan Vincente Zambrano   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Manuel Alejandro   Composer
Estéfano   Composer,Spanish Adaptation
Fernando Illán   Producer
Rey Nerio   Producer
Gustavo Celis   Engineer
Yasmil Marrufo   Composer
Dario Moscatelli   Composer
Bruno Zuchetti   Arranger,Programming,Engineer
Jose Luis Massa   Director
Donato Poveda   Composer
Emanuele Ruffinengo   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Karla Aponte   Spanish Adaptation
Héctor Sagrario   Engineer
Enrico Romano   Engineer
Danilo Ballo   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Duda Mello   Engineer
Andres Bermudez   Engineer
Clay Perry   Programming
Felipe Tichauer   Engineer
Alexandre Pires   Composer,Producer
Alex Angeloni   Engineer
Julio C. Reyes   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Eduardo Dias Recife   Engineer
Bob Benozzo   Arranger,Programming,Engineer
Pedro Ferreira   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Nico Bloise   Engineer

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