Boleros and Boleristas: S/D

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I'm listening to the Lucho Gatica collection I just bought. I recognize one song, "Historia de un Amor" from a Tish Hinojosa cover. I was just thinking yesterday that I might go see her at the Tin Angel in October. It's been a while since I've seen her. That's a bit of a digression, since she is not a bolerista, or not primarily. (Does she even sing it as a bolero? I will have to give another listen.) Actually, this is the third time I've heard a song from her album Aquella Noche (which I suddenly realize is underrated) turn up in a different style. That was also where I first heard "Malaguena Salerosa" (which Eddie Palmieri remade into a salsa club hit around the time I started dancing) and "La Llorna" (which exists in a really good guajira or maybe cha cha cha cover on an Azuquita album from the 70's).

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Saturday, 18 September 2004 00:19 (eighteen years ago) link

Also, the bolero cuts on La Lupe's Queen of Latin Soul are all terrific.

The Lucho Gatica songs are very sentimental and the sound is undeniably dates, but I like him.

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Saturday, 18 September 2004 00:21 (eighteen years ago) link

eight months pass...
I'm no expert, but the boleros on the new/forthcoming (depending on where you are) Juan de Carlos Afro Cuban All Stars CD, Step Ahead, sound like they are going to be pretty good. I've never especially liked what I've heard by the Afro Cuban All Stars, but I keep circling back around this CD.

RS (Catalino) LaRue (RSLaRue), Wednesday, 15 June 2005 23:27 (seventeen years ago) link

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

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Thursday, 16 June 2005 01:50 (seventeen years ago) link

three months pass...
I've just downloaded over six and a half hours of the stuff (from the 70s alone!).

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Monday, 10 October 2005 20:59 (seventeen years ago) link

I have no idea who any of these people are.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Monday, 10 October 2005 21:01 (seventeen years ago) link

Duo Dinamico sound a little like the Byrds.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Monday, 10 October 2005 21:03 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...

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

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

iLe, formerly PG-13 of Calle 13.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 22:42 (five 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 (two months 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 week 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 week 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 week ago) link

RIP Cuban nuevo trovo and bolero singer Pablo Milanes

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

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