Versos En El Cielo

Two-time Grammy winner Isaac Delgado launches new CD

By Reyna Trevino
Published on LatinoLA: June 10, 2003

Versos En El Cielo

Having become one of the great Latin singers of all time, Issac returns with this album, taking his trademark great Feelin? songs -- languorous ballads of the 70s set to soulful melodies, a beloved style still favored in Cuba today -- and revitalizes them with the elements of Salsa and Timba that have made him an international star.

The result of ?Versos En El Cielo? (Verses In The Sky) is an album that is at the same time soulful and rhythmic, languorous and playful. And it marks a major milestone in the career of Issac Delgado.

To maintain authenticity of these beautifully crafted Cuban classics, Issac recorded the album in Havana. To add a modern spark, Delgado recruited world class, New York-based musicians from Ruben Blades? Seis del Solar, including Ralph Irizarri, Mark Quinones, Arturo Ortiz, and Ruben Rodriguez.

?Working with Issac in Havana was a dream, said Irizarri, the famed Seis del Solar timbalero. ?The arrangements by Juan Cerruto along with Issac?s exacting vision made the sessions seem magical. It all came together effortlessly.?

With ?Versos en El Cielo?, Issac peels back the flashy, electric outer skin of Salsa and reveals its mature, relaxed side. It?s an album of rare beauty that will present Salsa lovers with a sound they?ve never quite heard before and introduce the uninitiated to the irrepressible spirit of the most danceable music in the world. Album will be available in stores on June 10, 2003.

?this is the music I must sing?? That is why today I look to the sky to ask God that He let me find His ?Verses in the Sky?- Issac Delgado

?One of the greatest singers in the world regardless of genre?
- Peter Watrous, New York Times

??has seen the future of tropical music.?
- Ernesto Lechner, Los Angeles Times


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