Para Todos Ustedes

Para Todos Ustedes

by Los Pleneros de La 21Los Pleneros de La 21


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Para Todos Ustedes is a successful fusion of some traditional elements of Puerto Rican music with more contemporary influences. Specifically, it draws heavily from the bomba rhythmic and percussive style, and the call-and-response-oriented plena topical song form, though it also bears the marks of salsa and jazz. It's a lengthy (75 minutes) album, which gives the musicians a chance to offer considerable variety within their loose ensemble format, though a good-natured, upbeat mood is maintained throughout. The shifting percussive rhythms might be the most distinctive feature, while call-and-response vocals also take central position on songs like "Angelito (Little Angel)." Combined with the quick, roving, jazzy guitar patterns, this might sound to some ears like a somewhat Latinized version of some contemporary African music, though such similarities are attributable to both styles having evolved from similar sources. At times the jazz aspects come more to the fore, while the more traditional aspects are accented on an update of a bomba chant, "Campo (Land)/Yo Cantare Esta Boma, (I Shall Sing This Bomba)." There's a little bit of both English and Spanish rap in "Chiviriquiton," but that's the only such interjection in an album that's very much grounded in Puerto Rican styles.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2005
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074051924
catalogNumber: 40519
Rank: 123594

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pleneros de La 21   Primary Artist
Edgardo Miranda   cuatro,Soloist,Group Member
Donald Nicks   Bass,String Bass,Group Member
John Santos   Percussion,Shekere,Toy Instruments,Guest Appearance
Papo Vasquez   Trombone
Angel Vazquez   Trombone,Vocals,Choir Director,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Roberto Cepeda   Maracas,Guiro,Group Member
Jose Lantigua   Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals,Choir Director,Soloist,Group Member
Nellie Tanco   Vocals,Group Member
Hector "Tito" Matos   Vocals,Coro,Soloist,Pandereta,Requinto,Pandereta Requinto,Group Member
Herman Olivera   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Miriam Felix   Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Ismael Rivera   Composer
John Diaz   Engineer
Fred McFarlane   Vocal Engineer
Edgardo Miranda   Arranger,Advisor
John Santos   Producer
Harry Gilbert   Composer
Angel Vazquez   Musical Director
Nellie Tanco   Composer
Hector "Tito" Matos   Sound Effects
Rafael Cepeda Atilis   Composer
Justi Barreto   Composer
Ricardo S. Pons   Arranger
Carolina Santamaría   translation

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