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The title of Adalberto’s release “Respeto pa los mayores” is well-chosen – the style is retro, and the themes include love, religion, elders (including past musical giants) – but there is a raw energy here that far exceeds anything that he and his band have shown in a recording since the early years of the group. This is the Adalberto whose music we fell in love with back in his Son 14 days and the early period of Adalberto Álvarez y su Son. Adalberto is no longer at the keyboard of course – he is now doing some of the vocals and continues to direct the band, but Dhayane Rivera handles the keyboard role perfectly, the rhythm section is tight and the brass section roars.
This is a much faster, harder-hitting version of the Son than many North American “Salsa” dancers are accustomed to, but it is perfect for Timberos and dancers who can keep pace with “Cuban Salsa”. The Piedras en el rio and Con un amor se borra otro amor tracks are slower and are probably the most accessible to North American salseros.
Adalberto, please keep doing more of what you were doing here. Oh, of course you can add some ballads if you like next time, but for the faster songs, this is it!
Review by Bill Tilford
Title: Respeto pa’ los mayores
Colaborations: Jorge Diaz and Joaquín Betancourt
Musical Genre: Salsa, Son, Bolero