Personnel: Victor Manuelle (vocals); Jorge Laboy (guitar); Angel Torres (baritone saxophone); Angie Machado, Tommy Villariny, Jan Duclerc, Vicente Castillo, Luis Ortiz (trumpet); Antonio Vasquez, Jorge Diaz (trombone); Jose M. Lugo (piano, keyboards); Bobby Valentin, Gilberto Mendez, Ramon Irizarry Jr. (bass); Marc Quinones (timables, bongos, congas); Chago Martinez (timbales, percussion); Carmelo Alvarez (bongos); Perucho Rivera (drum programming); Gilberto Santa Rosa, Johnny Rivera, Ramoncito Rodrigues, Luisito Carrion (background vocals).
Personnel: Angel Torres (baritone saxophone); Vicente Cusi Castillo, Jan Duclerc, Luis "Perico" Ortíz, Tommy Villarini (trumpet); Antonio Tonito Vasquez, Jorge Diaz (trombone); José Lugo (piano, keyboards); Marc Quiñones (congas, bongos, timbales); Carmelo Alvarez (bongos); Chago Martínez (timbales, percussion); Johnny Rivera (background vocals).
Recording information: Rolo Studio.
Photographer: Tony Vera.
Arrangers: Ernesto Sanchez; José Lugo; Tommy Villarini; Victor Manuelle; Roberto Perez; Bobby Valentín.
Since the early 1990s, Victor Manuelle's music has been a source of joy for salsa fans, and in 2001, he stands as one of the most compelling arguments that salsa did not die along with Tito Puente. With INSTINTO Y DESEO, another in a long line of impressive releases, Manuelle stands poised to bring the music into the 21st century. That's not to say that he's made the kind of pop crossover moves that contributed to the sucess of Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony, etc. Manuelle is proud of his old-school salsa roots, and his music bears a classic tinge that has little to do with what the mainstream has come to think of as Latin pop. Still, Manuelle is not stuck in the past, and every cut on INSTINTO Y DESEO bears a freshness that immediately puts the lie to any claims of anachronism.
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