One of the top up and coming salsa bands from Puerto Rico, Obra Maestra by bongo player and all around nice guy Rigo Rodriguez brings us salsa how it is meant to be, strictly danceable and joyful for the ears. Jose Casanova on the vocals, the production starts with a homage to those great rumberos who put their "time" in order to make this music sound great. This one is a dancefloor alert. "Si Nos Dejan" is one of the best versions of this classic tune which surprisingly works both as a romantic salsa tune and then it takes off and it swings. "Yambeque" is a small tribute to Tito Puente, and in it we listen an authentic mambo, one of those who are rarely recorded these days. "Pa Pa Pla Pla" a tune written by Rigo ( along with other two), will have you saying the chorus all night long. "Mi Bongo" is another tribute to that small instrument that without its contribution, salsa would not be same. "Alerta Salsero" is a wakeup call to all dancers that, in complete modesty, Obra Maestra is and has always been a "Salsero's band". Another gem in this mine that we found is the Cha-Cha-Cha "Amor Sin Fe" written by Beny More. Not many hard core salsa bands risk into this area but Rigo recognizes the amount of people that enjoy a Cha-Cha-Cha in the dancefloor, thats why is included here. Closing the production is the Latin Jazz tune "A Mis Amigos" which is perfect at the end demonstrating the talents of the band. All in all is the perfect CD for those looking into dancing the night away. You can't go wrong with any of the tracks and in my opinion is a simple yet full of flavor. Highly Recommended!!
Javier Rivera Host of Esencia Latina Jazz 90.1 FM Rochester NY.
Aaaahhhh Rigo you have done it again. this is truly an Obra Maestra. Your Beny More and Tito Puente interpretations are awesome. The pure gems are the tracks compposed by you and your compeñeros.
Gracias for your hard work and Que Viva la
Musica!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!
DJ GURY GURY Canada