Label: Digital Culture
Gonzalez is a highly respected session man who's sat in with an almost intimidating who's who of salsa and Latin music. Then came this 2004 album, his solo debut. Given total control, Gonzalez went traditional, throwing himself into the "salsa dura" style that makes any salsa fanatic tremble. Despite a few stumbles, on the whole this release positively struts from start to finish, shaking its brilliant plumage -- and all-star lineup, including Ray Barretto and Jose Alberto -- in the face of all haters.