Details supplied with The New Timberos All Stars are scant, limited to a few names on the
front cover. They include Noro of Primera Clase, Emilio Frías of El Niño y La Verdad, Dayan Carrera of Sabor Concentra’o and Maikel Dinza. All Stars is perhaps a bit grandiose, but to this old timer, they are relatively new.
I must admit, this one didn’t really get to me until I listened to it backwards a day after trying the conventional way. No Me Quiere Y Se Menea and Pa’ Qué really swing and put me in the right frame of mind for the rest. So if the samples don’t grab you first time, come back later and start at the end, you never know.
Mixing tends to be a bit rough but not always in a bad way. Aside from almost losing the coro in the cacophony of El Popular, and the bass tumbadora dominating Ya Lo Sé, the rawness of the recordings is refreshing. Songs generally steer clear of comforting harmony and resolution and this builds tension. There’s a good dose of jazz in many of the tumbaos and even a Latin jazz instrumental, Asterisco. In this, several of the band are allowed to take a solo. Some numbers do sound under-arranged to me, but the days of wall to wall classics on an album are long gone. All in all, not bad at all and significantly better than I expected.