Elvis Crespo Pintame
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- Released: May 11, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Sony U.S. Latin
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Personnel includes: Elvis Crespo (vocals); Luis Esteves, Jorge Laboy, Maximo Torres, Ito Serrano (guitar); Jose Diaz (alto & tenor saxophones); Edgard Benitez (alto saxophone); Jose Santiago (tenor saxophone); Jan Duclerc, Tommy Villariny, Luis Aquino (trumpet); Moises Nogueras, Antonio Vasquez (trombone); Luis Angel Cruz, Jose Lugo (piano); Elvis Cabrera (keyboards, programming); Jose Gasmey, Miguel Gonzalez (bass); Ito Colon (drums); Garry Kettle (timpani); Hector Herrera, William Thompson (congas); Feliciano Serrano, Richard Mercado (guira); Wichy Camacho, Pichie Perez, Henry Garcia, Juan Castro (background vocals).
Engineers include: Reinaldo Pena, Ronnie Torres, Gustavo Celis.
PINTAME won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Merengue Performance.
PINTAME was nominated for the 2000 Latin Grammy Award for Best Merengue Performance.
"Pintame" was nominated for the 2000 Billboard Latin Music Award for Tropical/Salsa Track of the Year and PINTAME won for Male Performer Album Of The Year.
Arranger: Freddy M‚ndez.
Elvis Crespo, the king of 'bomba' style merengue, turns up the heat on his sophmore recording, PINTAME. This vaguely effeminate hunk (a standout among his peers) pens several of the romantic tunes that he sings, infusing his metaphors with a delicate brand of passion. Throbbing bass and a swirling horn section complete the seduction. The tight, focused production work of Luis Angel Cruz and Robert Cora grooves hard but keeps the spotlight on the star.
The saxophones carry the title track to a fever pitch as Elvis yearns for his ladylove to materialize at the tip of a painter's brush. "Ven" is a call for reconciliation, while "Besos De Coral" is a lovely seaside metaphor--alive with the wet kiss of waves and romps in the sand. The booming bass drops out for the poignant "Pequeno Luis," an admirable outcry against domestic violence crooned with full dramatic force to the sound of harp, timpani, and strings.
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