NUEVO MILENIO: EL MISMO SABOR was nominated for the 2002 Latin Grammy Award for Best Salsa Album. "Me Libere" was nominated for the 2002 Latin Grammy Award for Best Tropical Song.
Personnel: Charlie Aponte, Jerry Rivas (vocals); Wilfredo A. Rivera (banjo); Luis A. Maldonado, Victor Rodriguez (trumpet); Mois?s Nogueras (trombone); Rafael Ithier (piano); Miguel Torres (congas).
Recording information: Telesound Studios, Puerto Rico.
Director: Rafael Ithier.
Photographer: Ramon Feliciano.
Arrangers: Ernesto Sanchez; Rafael Ithier; Tommy Villarini.
Another El Gran Combo production that does not offer any particular innovation, although they continue to perform with admirable energy. Julio Castro's "Me Liber?" is a catchy tune that sticks out in the repertoire. Among other moments, "Viva Puente" is a tribute to the recently deceased (and fervent El Gran Combo admirer) Tito Puente. Amazingly, the band keeps the act afloat after nearly four decades and show no signs of decadence or deceleration. ~ Jos? A. Est?vez, Jr.