Among the many chart-topping recordings that Nat King Cole made, his three Spanish language albums recorded between 1958 and 1962 – sung phonetically by Cole who didn’t speak the language – are bizarrely novel yet strangely hypnotic.
Cuban pop star Isaac Delgado, often tagged as “the Frank Sinatra of salsa,” revives the best of these tunes on his blissfully dreamy tribute album, “L-O-V-E.” He hooks up with an all-star band including pianist John diMartino, drummer Dafnis Prieto, and guitarist Romero Lubambo with a killer horn section (Ken Peplowski, Conrad Herwig and trumpeter Brian Lynch) that gives the polished production an exquisite authenticity. Nat’s brother Freddy Cole, an esteemed singer and pianist on his own, adds his smooth, scintillating voice to “Quizas, quizas, quizas” and “Green Eyes.” Delgado is a masterful vocalist and the lush melodies flutter and float; the intended result is both catchy and wonderfully evocative. (12 tracks; 45:34 minutes)
Labels: Brian Lynch, Calle 13 Records, Conrad Herwig, Dafnis Prieto, Freddy Cole, Isaac Delgado, John DiMartino, Ken Peplowski, Romero Lubambo, Sony Classics