Pa Los Treseros is nominated for a Latin Grammy for 
Best Tropical Album of 2002.
No other independent label has ever been nominated in this catagory! Nelson wishes to thank all the friends who participated on the album, and have supported his music over the years.    (Check out his other Cd: Son Mundano)
Featuring Special Guest
Papi Oviedo, Tresero

Also featuring lead vocalists
Danny Rivera
Germán Olivera
Pedro Martínez
Joseph "Quique" González
Nelson "Yankeeman" González III
Michelle Ríos

2001 QBADISC
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Short sound samples available on Amazon.com

Featuring Pianists
Papo Lucca
Oscar Hernandez
Juan González
Featuring Percussionists
Jerry González
Paoli Mejías
Héctor Meléndez
Manny Oquendo
Javier Oquendo
Bobby Allende
Featuring Brass players
"Chocolate" Armenteros
Jimmy Bosch
Nelson "Gazú" Jaime
Steve Gluzband
Papo Vásquez
Coro: Wichi Camacho and Yvette Dejesus
Andy González,
Bass
Yomo Toro
, Cuatro
John Benthal, Guitar
Joe Medina, Violin

Sound Sample of  #2: "Llego Maria La O" (Click to hear)
Rated #1 (NY), #2 (San Francisco), #3 ( Los Angeles), #5 (Miami), and  in the 
Top Ten Songs of 2001 in the January issue of 
Latin Beat Magazine
Read reviews of Pa Los Treseros on Salsapower.com and Oasis Salsero
Hear full length versions of many of these songs on Latinjam Web Radio

1. EL NEGRO TUYO SOY YO
Nelson Gonzalez
6. LIBRE ME DEJAS
Danny Rivera
2. LLEGÓ MARIA LA O
Florencio Cedeño
7. PA' LOS TRESEROS
Nelson Gonzalez
3. YO SOY CONGO
Orlando Molinet
8. SANTERO DE BUENA PAZ
Isaac Oviedo
4. EL PINTOR
D.R.
9. YÚMBALE
René Alvarez
5. JUANIQUITA
Ernesto Puente
10. TRES LINDAS CUBANAS
Antonio María Romeu

Liner notes:

Yesterday's music is our guide and inspiration, but part of the beauty of Latin music is the continuity it provides from past to future. We struggle constantly to improve and enhance our music. When we play son, rumba, bomba, danzón, or descarga, it demands knowledge of the sources and at the same time challenges us to break new ground.

The musicians I invited to play with me on this album acknowledge the sources and understand the power. Despite other commitments, they managed to come play in the studio with me - not merely as a favor to me, but to honor the rhythms that we play together in this album. These are mature musical visionaries, professionals in their delivery, who offer you their individual interpretations of these compositions.

In the rhythm section, the challenge was combining the commanding force of Manny Oquendo - a lion - with today's younger players. 
The distinctive solo styles of Papo Lucca and Oscar Hernandez, two leading pianists, illustrate their very different ways of mastering son montuno and Latin Jazz. Andy González, master of the acoustic bass with an equal command of traditional jazz, Latin Jazz, and the various forms of Afro-Cuban music, has been a friend and mentor for many years. The Trombones of Papo Vásquez and Jimmy Bosch are as different in sound as in style - Papo's smooth, jazzy style pushes up against Jimmy's physical salsa dura. For more than half a century, the Trumpet of Alfredo Armenteros, better known as "Chocolate," has been a recognizable identity. His improvisations take me back to the era of Arsenio Rodríguez, in whos band he played, and from whose fountain of music he imbibed.

Oscar 
Hernandez
Joseph "Quique"
González
Andy 
González
Papo 
Vásquez
Jimmy 
Bosch
Chocolate 
Armenteros
Steve 
Gluzband
Nelson 
"Yankeeman" 
González III
Danny 
Rivera

The assistance of Nelson Jaime (Gazú) was indispensable in creating the arrangements and in the guidance he offered my sons, Quique and Nelson, whose involvement in this recording has fulfilled one of my dreams. I offer special thanks to Germán Olivera, talented sonero, who gave of his time, and to the national voice of Puerto Rico: Danny Rivera. The voice of Pedrito Martínez, one of the most potent young rumberos, symbolizes the power of youth embracing tradition.

I never imagined I would record with Papi Oviedo, a master of my instrument, the Tres. We exchanged knowledge, and, for the first time ever that I know of, played two tresses together in a danzón. This was, and continues to be, a symbol of the bond between Cuba and Puerto Rico.

Finally, the technical expertise of Juanito Wust and Luis Güell speaks loudly in the finished recording.

Nelson González


January 2002

Nelson is very proud to 
be listed at the top of the Latin Beat Magazine Hit Parades 
for January 2002:

#1
Compiled by Vicki Sola WFDU 89.1 FM
#1: Llego Maria La O:
Nelson Gonzalez
#2
Compiled by Chata Gutierrez KPOO 89.5 FM
#2: Pa' Los Treseros: 
Nelson Gonzalez
#3
Compiled by Guido Herrera KXLU 88.9 FM
#3: Pa los Treseros:
Nelson Gonzalez
#5
Compiled by Arturo Gomez WDNA 88.9 FM
#5: Santero De Buena Paz: Nelson Gonzalez
(Used with Permission)

 

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