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date: 27 January 2020

Quintana, Ismaellocked

  • Edgardo Díaz Díaz


(b Ponce, PR, June 3, 1937; d CO, April 16, 2016). Puerto Rican composer and singer. He is best known for his partnership as sonero with pianist Eddie Palmieri and his orchestra La Perfecta. Ten days after his birth, his mother took him to the South Bronx, where he grew up playing percussion instruments. Bandleader Angel Náter hired him as a singer in 1959. At the request of Palmieri, he joined the newly formed La Perfecta in 1961, in a celebrated collaboration that lasted 12 years. Quintana then opted to pursue a solo career, preferably as a performer of baladas and slower boleros. As a sonero, Quintana was highly regarded for his fiery, ragged vocal style and his considerable improvisatory ability with the maracas and the claves. He wrote lyrics for most of the pieces he recorded with Palmieri, including “Vámonos pa’l monte,” “Justicia,” and “Puerto Rico.” Other important compositions include his rumba-like “Tambó,” his plena “Oí una voz,” and his best-known salsa piece, “Mi debilidad.” His lengthy catalog includes solo albums and collaborative recordings with Palmieri, the Fania All Stars, Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, and Jimmie Delgado....

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