Bandleader Mario Ortiz
made only two LPs during the '70s, and they received little airplay. This hard-to-find LP led to Ortiz
's long, successful tenure in El Condado-area hotels as an orchestra leader. Also it is of historical significance -- one of legendary Cuban arranger René Hernández
's final recordings and 14-year-old Gilberto Santa Rosa
's professional recording debut. Watch young Santa Rosa in tunes like "Palo de Caña Brava" and his self-penned "Regálame Tu Amor" (is there any hint of Andy Montañez
somewhere?). Mario Ortiz
shines (he would drop the trombone lineup in later years) as always.