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L-O-V-E by Issac Delgado

This album, by Issac Delgado, is the recreation of the sounds of Nat King Cole in Spanish. The majority of the songs are also on Latin albums of Nat King Cole. The rest are “Cole classics” mixed with Delgado’s own style and elements of Latin Jazz. For the first time ever Freddy Cole does a special contribution for his brother Nat King Cole and along with Delgado. this album is full of “twelve sultry and sexy Spanish recordings originally sung by crooner Nat King Cole.”

Words of Fernando Gonzalez, “Well before the concept of “crossover” became a commonplace in music marketing, Nat “King” Cole and his Honduras-born, Spanish-speaking manager, Carlos Gastel made a bold move to expand Cole’s fan base by recording an album of songs from the Latin repertoire — in Spanish. Some of the choices they made were, well, curious, and Cole didn’t speak Spanish and sang the lyrics phonetically (pianist, arranger and bandleader Bebo Valdés was a vocal coach). But the tracks were recorded in Havana by Cuban musicians and the music sounded true. Cole Español, released in 1958, was a hit. So much so that it inspired Cole, and Capitol, to create a trilogy of Latin albums, following Español with A Mis Amigos (1959), recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, while Cole was touring the country, and including three songs in Portuguese, and More Cole Español (1962) recorded in Mexico City. Cuban singer Isaac Delgado’s L-O-V-E is a beautifully executed tribute to Cole en Español.

... perhaps this album might make more people aware of Freddy Cole, an exceptional story teller with a voice that probably can make poetry out of the reading of a software manual. He draws you in and you end up listening to his “Green Eyes” mesmerized, waiting for the next line.”

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Issac Delgado
  • CD Title: L-O-V-E
  • Genre: Latin Jazz / Latin Funk
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Record Label: Sony Masterworks
  • Rating: Five Stars
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