CD Maestra Vida: Segunda Parte (CD 6972614),
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Maestra Vida: Segunda Parte

  • 1. Eplogo
    2. Manuela, Despus... (La Doa)
    3. Carmelo, Despus... (El Viejo DaSilva)
    4. Velorio, El
    5. Entierro, El
    6. Maestra Vida
    7. Hay Que Vivir
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9037

  • Credits
    ProducerWillie Colon
    EngineerJon Fausty; Mario Salvati

    Personnel: Rubn Blades (vocals, acoustic guitar, maracas, percussion); Milton Cardona (quinto, claves); Harold Hohon's String Ensemble (strings); Willie Coln (bass trumpet); Leopoldo Pineda, Jos Rodrguez, Reinaldo Jorge, Lewis Kahn (trombone); Jose Torres (piano); Jose Mangual Jr. (bongos); Johnny Andrews (timbales); Kelvin Zambrana (percussion).
    Audio Mixers: John Fausty; Willie Coln.
    Liner Note Author: Aurora Flores.
    Illustrator: Dennis Wundelin.
    The second volume in a two-part epic produced by Rubn Blades and Willie Coln, Maestra Vida: Segunda Parte continues the story of Carmelo and Manuela, a couple whose story had been introduced in Maestra Vida: Primera Parte. Through a long "Eplogo" that begins the album, listeners learn that time has passed, and Carmelo and Manuela's son, Ramiro, has grown and rejected his parents. As before, Coln's musical ideas are grand and sweeping, even if it's difficult to keep salsa fans interested. And Blades' vision for musical drama is clear (the opera was eventually mounted in 1997). The ultimate summation of Blades' dramatic vision with Coln's expressive musical abilities, Maestra Vida is ambitious, freewheeling, and celebratory -- not an immediate success, but a rewarding listen for those who've heard the six-minute snapshots from Blades' earlier recordings and want to hear the full-length treatment. ~ John Bush

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