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La Salsa Es Mi Vida 
2. Sorpresa Holandesa
3. Una Salsa Para Amsterdam
4. Salsa Es Mi Vida, La
5. Para el Rey - (dedicated to Tito Puente)
8. Hijo del Sonero, El
9. Pajarillo and Bailen Joropo
10. Friday Morning
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 77008
Guido Diaz; John Diaz
Personnel: Gerardo Rosales (congas, percussion); Astrid "La Holandesa",
Frankie Vasquez (vocals); Yosvany Terry Cabrera (soprano & alto saxophones); Nelson Hernandez (soprano & baritone saxophones); Raul Agraz (trumpet, flugelhorn); Pedro Emilio Rodriguez (trumpet); Luis Perdomo (piano); Ruben Rodriguez (electric bass); Marlon Simon (drums); Roberto Quintero (triple bongo, timbales, bell); Ralph Irizarry, Luisito Quintero (timbales); Ray Viera (background vocals).
Recorded at Skylight Studios, Belleville, New Jersey in April 2001.
Personnel: Gerardo Rosales (congas, bongos, claves, guiro, maracas, shaker, bells); Frankie Vazquez (vocals); Yosvany Terry Cabrera (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Nelson Hernandez (soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone); Raul Agraz (trumpet, flugelhorn); Pablo Santaella (trombone); Luis Perdomo (piano); Rubn Rodrguez (electric bass); Marlon Simon (drums); Robert Quintero (bongos, timbales, bells); Ralph Irizarry, Luisito Quintero (timbales).
Audio Mixer: John Diaz.
Liner Note Author: Gerardo Rosales.
Recording information: Skylight Studios (04/2001); Skylight, Belleville, NJ (04/2001).
Photographer: Jan Boeve.
Arrangers: Alberto Naranjo; Dr. Michael Simon; Eddy Martinez; Gerardo Rosales; Michael Simon.
European based percussionist Gerardo Rosales has until now pretty much stayed in Latin jazz veins, framing jazz harmonies and melodic ideas inside the rhythms of his native Venezuela. Though there are some jazz oriented tracks on his 2002 release, evidently Rosales has found a new focus, a new reason to live. Salsa Es Mi Vida, just as one might expect by the title, is straight-up New York style salsa. Though it was recorded in Rosales' home country of Holland, there's more than a little of the Big Apple in this disc. With players like Ralph Irizarry, Yosvany Terry Cabrera, Luis Perdomo (fellow Venezuelan) Marlon Simon, Robert Quintero and several other New Yorkers, this is as much a U.S. production as otherwise. The arrangements are fair, but not excellent, as are most of the performances. One of the downfalls of being cut off from a larger musical community, as Rosales must be in Holland, is that "as usual" can truly become good enough. There are some players that excel on foreign soil (like Orlando Poleo, another Venezuelan percussionist now living in France) but often times creative fires are cooled by European climates and lack of collaborators. Such may have been the case with Salsa Es Mi Vida, which though it is a pleasant listen, lacks creative spark. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez
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