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- Released: April 2, 1996
- Label: Milestone
- 1.Papa Boco
- 3.Papagaio Rei
- 4.Falando de Amor :: Speaking Of Love
- 5.Guajiro Mio
- 6.April Child
- 7.I'll Always Remember
- 8.Menina Moca :: Sad Love Song
- 9.Sweet Spring
- 10.Estaba en Nada
Personnel includes: Adela Dalto (vocals); Claudio Roditi (trumpet); Aloisio Aguiar (piano); Romero Lubambo (guitar); Sergio Brandao (bass); Steve Berrios (drums); Gilbert Colon, Jr., Yomo Toro, Dave Valentin, Dick Oatts, Rick Sebastian, Milton Cardona, Cafe, Jorge Da Silva, Joe Santiago, Doris Eugenio, Deborah Resto.
Recorded in July and August 1995.
A Mexican-American who was born in Texas but raised in Gary, Indiana, Adela Dalto is an unpredictable singer who draws on jazz, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian influences. Mexicans are generally more likely to embrace the ranchero, banda and tejano forms than Cuban or Brazilian music, but there isn't a trace of Mexican influence to be found on Papa Boco. Singing as convincingly in Portuguese as she does in English and Spanish, Dalto has no problem moving from a jazz standard like Horace Silver's "Peace" to the samba beat of "Papagaio Rei" and Jobim's "Falando de Amor" and the infectious salsa of "Guajiro Mio." One can hear the influence of singers ranging from Sarah Vaughan to salsa goddess to Celia Cruz and Brazilian great Elis Regina on this fine CD, but there's no doubt that Dalto is very much her own person. ~ Alex Henderson