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Paquito D’Rivera: 100 Years of Latin Love Songs

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Initiates certainly know that Paquito can let it rip with the best, but don’t plop this disc into the player looking for blood & guts; the mood here is about heart & soul. Addressing a program of ten classic Latin American love potions, Paquito is laden with strings-laden, not leaden. Bob Belden conducts the strings as D’Rivera, in an ultimate state of melody, delivers these ten beauties from across Spanish speaking America, from Argentina and Chile to Puerto Rico, Mexico and Venezuela, with layovers in his native Cuba and a nod to the Brazilian Portuguese of Corcovado.

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