Rican equivalent of the Fania and Alegre All Stars
– and a group that works with equally hard-driving energy! The overall format is mighty tight – a great trumpet and trombone section, perched nicely on heavy rhythms from a group that features Papo Lucas on piano, Tony Sanchez on drums, and Endel Dueno on timbales – all
players who really help the album cook nicely, and give things a really solid grounding, no matter what the style of the tunes. The first cut's an instrumental, but most others feature vocals – by singers who include Andy Montanez, Luigi Texidor, and Marvin Santiago – trading off vocals from tune to tune. There's some great jazz inflections from the horn section at times – especially on the album's great instrumental reading of the Miles Davis tune "Budo" – and other titles include "Canto A Puerto Rico
", "Changuiri", "A Mi Manera", "Introduccion Puerto Rico All Stars
", and "Reunion En La Cima".
(Cover has some wear, some staining in one corner and on the back, a small split on the top seam, and some wrinkling inside the gatefold.)