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CD Review: Renacer by Alex Bia (Independent Release 2014)
Review by Bill Tilford, All rights reserved

Renacer is the debut, self-produced release of singer-songwriter-keyboardist Alex Bia, who was born in Matanzas, Cuba and moved to the US at the age of seven (he now lives in New Jersey). He has previously appeared in recordings by Chein Garcia Alonso, and during the past two years he has appeared on several television programs on the East Coast. 

The CD opens with the explosive Timba track Levantense, which features special guest Tirso Duarte on vocals. There are three other strong Salsa tracks, one Salsa/Charanga mix (Pa'lante Mi Gente) and a Salsa/Pop Fusion song (Pequeña Flor).  There are four Latin/Pop/R & B tracks, and although this style is not part of this writer's regular diet, these sound very well done, and the recording closes with a nice ballad (Ayer Y Hoy).  This is very well - (but NOT over-) orchestrated. The Salsa and Timba tracks are excellent and deserve airplay (this has already happened on some radio stations as of this writing).  All of the songs are original compositions of Alex Bia except for the final track, Ayer y Hoy.

This is an excellent debut recording by Mr. Bia, and we understand that a tour in support of the CD is forthcoming. 

Alex Bia's website is www.alexbia.com

Tracks: 
Levantense
No Me Digas Que No
Renacer
Dame lo que quiero
Por Nuestro Amor
Pa'' Lante Mi Gente
Regresaria Por Ti
Pequeña Flor
La Cafetera
Soledad
Este Ritmo
Ayer y Hoy

Personnel in Renacer

Role - InstrumentName
Leader, Keyboards, Piano, Lead Vocal Alex Bia
Piano Osiri Martinez, Flor Fitzgerald, Alfonso Cayon, Juan Rodriguez
Bass  Luis Planco, Alfredo Scottie, Roberto Mosquera
Guitar Luis Polanco, Alfredo Scottie, Mario Arencibia, Josepth Luisi, Orestes Rodriguez
Percussion Chembo Corniel, Sue Hadjopoulos, Manuel Alejandro, Gene Golden (chekere)
Timbales  Joe Rodriguez, Nelson Diaz
Bateria Mike Luisi
Trumpets  Eudy Fernandez, Leo, Victor Bara
Trombones Victor Baro, Jeff Bush, Stalin Rivaneneyra
Sax  Carolina Stressmeyer, Al Acosta
Guest Vocals  Tirso Duarte (Levantense), Pedro More (Este Ritmo), Chein Garcia Alonso (Ayer y Hoy)
Coros  Alex Bia, Chino Prinze, Michelle Kelli McCloud, Joe Davila
Executive Producer Alex Bia

 

 

 

Bill Tilford - Sunday, 13 April 2014, 08:03 PM