Abriendo Puertas

Abriendo Puertas

by Gloria EstefanGloria Estefan


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Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors) is Gloria Estefan's second Spanish-language album released in the U.S. Abriendo Puertas is about opening doors to the myriad Latin American cultures; therefore, this album features several different Latin styles of music from different parts of the world, including Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, and the Caribbean. The music combines salsas, merengues, boleros, Afro-Cuban rhythms and chants, and other styles, resulting in a varied, sunny, and delightful album. This set differs from her other Spanish albums because at least half the songs are holiday tunes, with ample reference to Christmas and the New Year (the ballad "Mas Alla" even has Christmas bells in the background). In Latin America, Christmas is in summer, and so, in essence, this is a summer holiday album, which is quite an unusual concept for North American audiences. The songs are naturally positive, with well-meaning wishes for the New Year being a concurrent theme throughout the album. Estefan, as is always the case on her Spanish albums, sounds completely at ease with the material. The music on this album is traditional; therefore, there are no true American-style pop or club/dance songs, which is fine because the album should be taken and enjoyed for what it is -- a bright, multicultural Latin American semi-holiday album.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/1995
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646728420
catalogNumber: 67284

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gloria Estefan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Don Grolnick   Electric Piano
Rene Toledo   12-string Guitar
David Nadien   Violin
Luis Enrique   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Timbales,Claves,Shekere,Guiro,Bata Drums,Cascabeles
Julien Barber   Viola
Elena Barere   Violin
Edwin Bonilla   Bongos,Chimes,Conga,Drums,Maracas,Timbales,Claves,Shaker,Shekere,cowbell,Guiro,Floor Tom,Wind Chimes,Hi Hat,Wood Box,Redoblante
Ed Calle   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Scott Canto   Hand Clapping
Jorge Casas   Bass
Tony Concepcion   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Sal Cuevas   Bass
Mary Helen Ewing   Viola
Barry Finclair   Violin
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Jean Ingraham   Violin
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello
Charles Libove   Violin
Richard Locker   Cello
Juanito Marquez   Conductor,12-string Guitar
Teddy Mulet   Trumpet,Soloist
Jan Mullen   Violin
Mario Ochoa   Conga,Tamboura,Tumbadora,Guache
Gene Orloff   Violin
Sandra Park   Violin
Paul Peabody   Violin
Archie Pena   Percussion,Snare Drums,Hand Clapping,Hi Hat,Redoblante
John Pintavalle   Violin
Sue Pray   Viola
Cheito Quinonez   Background Vocals
Laura Seaton   Violin
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Marti Sweet   Violin
Dana Teboe   Trombone
Donna Tecco   Violin
Ellen Westerman   Cello
Ira Weller   Viola
Alfredo Oliva   Violin
Kike Santander   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Bells,Jug,Hand Clapping,cuatro,Guacharaca
Heberth Cuadrado   Caja
Bruce Wethey   Violin
Diana Serna   Background Vocals
Jackson Fondeur   Conga,Tamboura,Guiro

Technical Credits

Jill Dell'Abate   String Contractor,String Coordinator
Scott Canto   Engineer
Emilio Estefan   Producer
Ron Taylor   Engineer
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Kike Santander   Arranger,Producer
Eric Schilling   Engineer

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Abriendo Puertas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this title in cassette form a while ago and I loved it so much that I am buying it in CD. Its great holiday music especially when your far from those you love. It will make you smile and shed a few tears.