by Manny Oquendo


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Although Ahora was recorded in 1993, Milestone/Fantasy didn't release this excellent CD until 1999. While Manny Oquendo & Libre's other '90s releases, Mejor que Nunca and On the Move, contain both salsa and Latin jazz, Ahora offers no instrumentals and no outright Latin jazz. However, it does unite Libre with some guest jazz musicians (including trombonist Steve Turre and vibist Joe Locke) and isn't without jazz elements. For this album, Oquendo wrote three songs: "Concierto de Oquendo" (an exuberant, 11-minute descarga or Latin jam), the exuberant "El Son" and the anti-drug commentary, "Drogas Fatal." Equally strong are the songs that Oquendo didn't write, which include "Asia Minor" (a tribute to the great Machito/Mario Bauza team) and Pedro Flores' gorgeous bolero, "Sabor a Mi." A bilingual gem, "Sabor a Mi" finds Libre pianist, Willie Rodriguez, handling the English lyrics while Libre's main singer, Herman Olivera provides the Spanish part. Those who have enjoyed other Oquendo projects will also find Ahora to be quite rewarding.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/1999
Label: Milestone
UPC: 0025218928823
catalogNumber: 9288

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Manny Oquendo   Primary Artist,Guitar,Bongos,Maracas,Timbales,Background Vocals
Willie Rodriguez   Piano,Vocals
Milton Cardona   Background Vocals
Andy González   Bass,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Steve Turre   Trombone,Plunger Mute
Angel Papo Vasquez   Trombone
Jimmy Bosch   Trombone,Background Vocals
George Delgado   Conga
Joe Locke   Synthesizer,Vibes
Leonard Pollara   Trombone
Norman Hogue   Trombone

Technical Credits

Marty Sheller   Arranger
Jon Fausty   Engineer
Andy González   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Don Hunerberg   Engineer
Manny Oquendo   Arranger,Producer
Angel Papo Vasquez   Arranger
Joe Locke   Arranger
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Trini Márquez   Composer

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