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La India

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"La India" (born Linda Viera Caballero on March 9, 1970 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) is a noted singer of salsa also known as the "Princess of Salsa". --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_India [Aug 2006]


This page is not about the nation India, but rather the Nuyorican singer of salsa, house, jazz or whatever else she's taking on this week. India took an unusual route to salsa stardom: after she married her childhood sweetheart "Little" Louie Vega, he rose to stardom producing hits for Latin hip hop acts. He put together one album for his wife which didn't sell, and while he was working on another he introduced her to salsa/jazz heavyweight Eddie Palmieri. Palmieri was enthralled with her huge, dramatic voice, and immediately started writing and recording with her. Next, India came up with a straightforward NY Sound salsa disc, which brought her tremendous sales and made her reputation as the foremost young salsa diva. Fluent and expressive in Spanish and English, India has continued to cross boundaries, recording a Latin jazz album in 1996 with Tito Puente and the Count Basie Orchestra. She doesn't write much, sticking with the traditional interpreter's role, but nevertheless puts an unmistakable personal stamp on her work. source: http://www.warr.org/india.html

Jazzin (1996) - Tito Puente, India

  1. Jazzin (1996) - Tito Puente, India [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    1. Jazzin' 2. Fever 3. Love For Sale 4. Crazy He Calls Me 5. To Be In Love 6. Take It Or Lose It 7. Wave 8. Going Out Of My Head 9. Love Me 10. What A Difference A Day Made 11. To Be In Love (Little Louie Vega Mix)
    I had heard of India through her work with MAW and was already a big fan of her vocal talents. On this album she really goes to town, along with Tito Puente who's amazing hands work the vibes like a dream. The Count Basie orchestra provide the perfect accompaniment, big double bass sounds and every other instrument you could hope to hear on one album. The title track gets straight in to it with Indias vocal gymnastics over a range of 4 octaves and a very catchy number, be warned; If you listen to this tune before work you will be trying to sing it all day. More quality tunes follow including an upbeat Love for Sale and highly melodic Crazy He Calls Me. For me the highlight is a version of To Be In Love [co-written by Vince Montana Jr and also handles vibes], the tune that she enjoyed success with Masters at Work. From then on the standard is set and it doesn't falter once. All in all a great purchase, tunes that I will still be listening to in 10 or 20 years time. --gilmerrik for amazon.co.uk [...]

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