In 1966, when Ruben Blades was a young man in Panama, he heard a Brazilian group called Jongo Trio. From that moment, his desire was to record an album with a similar band. As it turns out, Boca Livre was a guest on Ruben’s acclaimed album, Mundo, which featured the group Editus. Fifty-six years later, his dream came true. His respect and affection for the members of Boca Livre represents Ruben’s love and respect for the music and musicians of Brazil.
The title, Parceiros (Partners) describes the love, joy, and respect Ruben and Boca Livre have for one another and the world’s art, people, and music.
It is worth noting, it was Ruben Blades who introduced the Puerto Rican pianist, bandleader Papo Lucca to the song, Boranda, which was composed and originally recorded by the Brazilian singer, songwriter Edu Lobo in 1966. Ruben also translated the lyrics and sang Coro with Hector Lavoe and Yolanda Rivera on La Sonora Ponceña’s classic interpretation of Boranda.
According to Ruben, working with Boca Livre was a high point in his career as a singer, songwriter. For listener’s who are familiar with Ruben Blades’s hits, you are in for a treat!
1. WITHOUT YOUR LOVE
2. LOOKING FOR GUAVA
3. PAULA C.
5. DAY TO DAY
6. JOHN MAY
7. TELL ME
8. ADAN GARCIA
11. PETER RAZOR
Ruben Blades (vocals), Zé Renato (guitar, vocals)
Lourenço Baeta (guitar, flute, voice)
David Tygel (viola caipira, vocals)
Mauricio Maestro (bass, guitar, voice, arrangements)
João Carlos Coutinho – piano, electric piano
Pantico Rocha – drums
Marcos Suzano – percussion
Marcelo Costa – percussion
Marcalzinho – percussion
Robertinho Silva – drums (Looking for Guava, Paula C)
Jorge Helder – acoustic bass (Looking for Guayaba, Paula C)
Jessé Sadoc – trumpet, flugelhorn
Iura Ranevsky – cello
Wanderson do Cavaco – cavaquinho
Carlinhos 7 Cordas – 7-string guitar
Chiquinho Chagas – accordion
Luis Enrique Becerra – piano Rhodes (Paula C)
Special guest: João Donato – piano (Looking for Guava)
All songs composed by Rubén Blades except “Sin tu Cariño” by Louis Ramírez and Rubén Blades, and “Día a Día” by Rubén Blades and Lori Carson.
Executive Production: Rubén Blades
Production: Rubén Blades, Mauricio Maestro, Roberto Delgado and Boca Livre
Recorded at Tenda da Raposa and MP Studio, Brazil by Carlos Fuchs and David Brinkworth and at PTY Studios Panama by Ignacio “Nacho” Molino.
Edited and mixed in Rochester, New York and Panama by Ignacio “Nacho” Molino and Roberto Delgado.
Mastered in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Daniel Ovie.
Graphic design and illustrations: Orosmán de la Guardia
Cover image based on original photo by Frederico Mendes (Boca Livre) and Luis Carlos García (Rubén Blades)