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Adalberto Alvarez

Adalberto Alvarez has been a leading force in the revival of son, the Cuban dance music that reached its peak in popularity in the '50s. The former leader of Adalberto Alvarez & Conjunto Son 14, Alvarez has continued to pay homage, as well as expand, the son tradition with Adalberto Alvarez y Su Son, the band that he formed in 1984. While his music signals a return to the traditional sounds, Alvarez has successfully incorporated more modern musical influences. According to The New York Times, "(Adalberto Alvarez y Su Son) is one of Cuba's great bands, one that has had an enormous influence on Salsa; it's modern and unstoppable and it doesn't sound like the Havana-based dance music called timba. Instead, it sounds a bit more traditional, closer to New York and Puerto Rican salsa, smooth and elegant for a moment, until the volcano loses the top." Alvarez studied musical directing and composition at the National Arts School in his hometown of Camaguey. Following his graduation, he was asked to form an orchestra in Santiago de Cuba. That group became Adalberto Alvarez & Conjunto Son 14, one of the pioneer ensembles of modern son. In 1984, Alvarez formed a new band, Adalberto Alvarez y Su Son, in Santiago de Las Vegas, a suburb of Havana. Although they use the traditional son instruments, including the Cuban tres, a guitar with triple sets of double strings, and plucked bass, the group's sound is enhanced by electronic keyboards, timbales, trombones, and other brass instruments. Jorge Luis Rojas (aka Rojitas), the band's original vocalist, left to join Jesús Alemañy's band, ¡Cubanismo!, and was replaced by Aramis Galindo. While many of Adalberto Alvarez y Su Son's songs reflect on the usual son themes of everyday life, several tunes deal with Santeria, the religion in which Alvarez is a babalao, or priest. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Para Bailar Casino

1. Para Bailar Casino

2. Loco Enamorado

3. Raices

4. Deja La Mala Noche

5. Esa Mujer

6. Tumba, Timbal Y Bongo

7. Senora

8. El Hechizo

9. Maquina Para Bailar

10. Son Para Un Amor Sincero

11. Loco Enamorado (Bolero)

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Track List: Jugando Con Candela

1. Una Mulata En La Habana

2. Estas Como Villegas

3. A Bailar El Toca Toca

4. No Llores Mas Por El

5. Si No Vas A Cocinar... Tunturuntun

6. Y No Me Da La Cuenta

7. Verdaderos Soneros

8. Te Equivocaste

9. Mientes

10. Conocela Bien Primero (911)

11. Solamente Tu

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Track List: Adalberto Alvarez Y Su Son - Grandes Exitos (Adalberto Alvarez Greatest Hits)

2. Somos Latinos

5. Fin De Semana Es La Cita

6. Vivir Lo Nuestro

7. A Bailar El Toca Toca

8. Si No Fuera Por Las Mujeres

10. Para Bailar Casino

11. Deja La Mala Noche

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Track List: Grandes Exitos De Adalberto Alvarez (Greatest Hits From The 90s)

1. Tu Fiel Trovador

3. Somos Latinos

5. Mamaita No Quiere

6. El Son De La Madrugada

8. Fin De Semana Es La Cita

9. Pura Imagen

10. Vivir Lo Nuestro

11. A Bailar El Toca Toca

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