Boleros and Boleristas: S/D

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I'm not an expert, but this page, with an overview of the bolero, seems very convincingly authoritative to me:

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Wednesday, 19 October 2005 01:12 (eighteen years ago) link

two months pass...
I'm listening to Boleromania, and it's kind of exciting to be listening to one voice after another, none of which I recognize so far. On the other hand, four discs of this stuff will probably be enough boleros for a while. (I have a feeling that when all is said and done, I will tend to prefer the Fania era boleristas, relatively late in the history of the genre.)

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Thursday, 22 December 2005 00:08 (eighteen years ago) link

Discs 3 and 4, mostly small conjunto settings for Cuban and Puerto Rican boleristas, are very very good. Disc 1, mostly Cuban recordings, but with seemingly more borrowing from U.S. pop music of the time, and lots of strings, is good. Disc 2 is just okay (mostly Mexican boleristas, playing guitars--sorry, haikunym), so far anyway. Disc 4 has a fantastic bolero/cha cha cha performed by Bobby Capó. I'm extremely pleased with this set overall.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Friday, 23 December 2005 02:11 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...

R_S (RSLaRue), Tuesday, 23 January 2007 14:31 (seventeen years ago) link

nine years pass...

I don't say too much about this partly because what is there to say about a retro all-bolero album in 2016? Miramar nails a certain sound, with great attention to detail. All the boleros are either by Sylvia Rexach, a Puerto Rican bolero composer, or are in tribute to her.

An original from Miramar (kind of reminds me of early 70s solo Bryan Ferry at the beginning):

What can you say about bolero? It's an old genre, but it might be the ultimate specifically romantic genre ever.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 22 December 2016 14:55 (seven years ago) link

OK, well they aren't always romantic really. The description I copied earlier in the thread is better. Still makes the ultimate romantic genre, even if it isn't always romantic.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 22 December 2016 15:01 (seven years ago) link

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 22:32 (seven years ago) link

I like how they list him as the composer though. Arranger maybe. Sylvia Rexach was the composer. He knows that but whoever put the credits up doesn't seem to.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 22:39 (seven years ago) link

And I might as well throw in this bolero written by iLe's grandmother, from another 2016 album which is at least somewhat bolero oriented:

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 22:42 (seven years ago) link

iLe, formerly PG-13 of Calle 13.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 22:42 (seven years ago) link

five years pass...

NY Times Overlooked series of obits on people they uh overlooked this week covers Puerto Rican bolero singer Sylvia Rexach who died at 39 in 1961

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 September 2022 02:54 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

I love Los Panchos with and without Eydie Gormé, but those records with Eydie Gormé are extra-special.

Agustin Lara. My mom's favorite and, if you're (a) romantic, unbeatable. Search any recordings of Lara voice+piano.

Seconded. His songs and voice are amazing. Sometimes I find another classic that turns out to be originally by him. Like “Piensa en mí.” Maybe his sister wrote it?

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 25 November 2022 15:44 (one year ago) link

Most likely a co-write between the two of them. Seems to be from a film and he’s in it!

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 25 November 2022 17:27 (one year ago) link

Agustín Lara was also the second husband of María Félix.

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 25 November 2022 17:38 (one year ago) link

RIP Cuban nuevo trovo and bolero singer Pablo Milanes

curmudgeon, Sunday, 27 November 2022 05:45 (one year ago) link

three months pass...


Bringing Up Initials B.B. (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 23 March 2023 01:47 (one year ago) link

I don’t really have anything to add to what I posted before, still feel the same way if not more so.

Bringing Up Initials B.B. (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 23 March 2023 01:49 (one year ago) link

i like this stones throw artist lo fi boleros album

corrs unplugged, Monday, 27 March 2023 07:41 (one year ago) link

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