Quique Talaveras y su amigos (CD)

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QUIQUE TALAVERA Y SUS AMIGOS, contains (11) songs and (3) potpurrís in 79 minutes of music. With the participation of: Alex D'Castro, Amor de Jesús, Andy Montañez, Camerata Coral, Caribbean Tenors, Celenia Sánchez-Mata, Choco Orta, Chucho Avellanet, Danny Rivera, Domingo Quiñones, Ed Calle, Edward Delgado, El Topo, Elba Robles, Fidel Osorio, Gilberto Santa Rosa, José R. Negroni, Juan José JUANCHI Hernández, Luis PERICO Ortiz, Michelle Brava, Nahyra, Pedro Brull, Pichie Pérez, Raymond Torres-Santos, Ricardo Jesús Ramírez, Titi Rodríguez and Willito Otero. The production is backed by a large orchestra of (4) trumpets, (4) trombones, (5) saxophones, (4) choirs, piano, bass, drums, guitar, and full percussion. In the variety of musical genres we will find ballads, bolero, rock, cha-cha, salsa, jazz, salsa, merengue, reggaeton, flamenco, reggae and dance.

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Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico Enrique “Quique” Talavera gravitated to the drum when his parents gifted him a set of toy drums on his 13th birthday. The same year, with money he earned from his newspaper route, he purchased a set of timbales.

His early influences include the orchestras of Lito Peña, Mario Ortiz, and the contemporary sounds of Tito Puente and Rafael Cortijo. But it was a performance by Tito Rodriguez and his Orchestra at El Escambron, a popular beach resort in San Juan, that inspired Talavera to become a professional musician.

In 1964, at 16, after working with several local conjuntos, Talavera became a member of Pito Suarez’s orchestra. At the same time, he took classes in theory, fundamentals, and piano. After stints with La Orquesta Ingenieria, Micky Juarbe’s band, Atilio Bruni’s trio, and Pijuan y su Sexteto. Also, Talavera was the house drummer for the television shows of Myrta Silva, Show Goya, Show Corona, and the popular Noche de Gala, among others.

In 1972 Talavera organized an orchestra and accompanied the singer Sophy. Also, he worked with the musical director Pedro Rivera-Toledo in productions for Lucestia Benitez and Danny Rivera. Afterward, his career as a musical director took off with the debut presentation of Sophy at the Club Caribe. He also directed and arranged recordings for the international group Flor de Loto (1975-1978) and the television program Show de Carmita (1976-1978).

From 1978 to 1981, Talavera became the musical director for the Venezuelan superstar Jose Luis Rodriguez (El Puma). After traveling the world, he returned to Puerto Rico in 1982 and worked with Julio Angel and Trio Los Condes, and assumed the position of musical director for the house band of the Club Caribe, where his band accompanied Marco Antonio Muniz, Iris Chacon, The Fifth Dimension, Chita Rivera, and Danny Rivera, among others.

Talavera was also the musical director for the Mexican superstar Marco Antonio Muñiz, as well as the arranger for the Puerto Rico Symphonic Orchestra, Armando Manzanero, Chucho Avellanet, Ednita Nazario, and the Trio Borinquen, among others.

Today, The Quique Talavara Orchestra is one of the most sought-after bands for conventions and special events. Also, he is the musical director for Carolina’s municipal band and the author of the book, Metamorfosis Musical de Puerto Rico Del 1959 Al Presente. Last December, I had the pleasure of speaking with the Maestro about the book.

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