Willie Colón y Héctor Lavoe - Asalto Navideño

Willie Colón y Héctor Lavoe - Asalto Navideño

Portada del disco Asalto Navideño
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Este álbum está prescrito para quienes padecen el blues de Navideno. Willie Colón y Héctor Lavoe nos llevan a una excursión a la parranda puertorriqueña mientras realizan los favoritos de las festividades estándar de “La Isla del Encanto”. El disco comienza con una maravillosa actuación del Rey del Cuatro, Yomo Toro; sólo para ser interrumpido por una diatriba innecesaria del DJ Polito Vega. El álbum contiene el éxito mundial "La Murga", Asalto Navideño es salsa vintage. Las dos partes de este conjunto de dos récords salieron en 1971 y 1973, respectivamente, los años pico del boom de la salsa. Cualquier lista de los diez mejores clásicos de salsa de todos los tiempos debería incluir Asalto Navideño, and there are many who would place it on the top shelf. Today, more than 50 years after its initial release, most would still agree that this is the best Puerto Rican Christmas album ever. There’s not a Puerto Rican Christmas party in New York, San Juan, or elsewhere, that isn’t heated up to the strains of this irresistible medley of holiday tunes.Here the bad boy team of trombonist Willie Colón and vocalist Héctor Lavoe join forces with premier cuatro player Yomo Toro and legendary percussionists Milton Cardona and José Mangual to cook up salsa versions of typical Christmas songs familiar to Puerto Rican audiences of all ages. This típico sound of traditional country music, called música jíbara, is mixed and blended, salsa-style, with a wide range of other rhythms, starting, of course, with Cuban guaguancó and African-American jazz, but ranging to Brazilian samba, Panamanian murga, Dominican merengue, and others. The overall effect is that of a parranda, the traditional Puerto Rican and Latin American custom of going door-to-door at Christmas time singing and assaulting the houses of good friends and neighbors—hence the term asalto!—who then welcome the invading troupe with holiday treats and plenty of rum. And so the party begins! —Bobby Marin