Gloria Estefan revisits the Cuban music of her roots on "90 Millas," her debut album for Sony BMG's Burgundy Records.Gloria Estefan revisits the Cuban music of her roots on "90 Millas," her debut album for Sony BMG's Burgundy Records. Due this week, the 14-track set is led by the single "No Llores," which features guitarists Carlos Santana and Jose Feliciano and percussionist Sheila E. The track has already logged time at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart.
"90 Millas" is sung entirely in Spanish and boasts contributions from a host of Latin music heavyweights, including India, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Generoso, Cachao Lopez and Johnny Pachecho. "This is Cuban music with a new twist," says Estefan's husband Emilio, who produced the album.
Highlights include the percussion heavy title track, the thumping "Morenita" and the ballad "Esperando." "Yes, we wanted to do a Cuban album, but didn't know exactly in what vein," Estefan says. "And, as it grew, it grew into a more modern thing. It was as if we had continued to bring this music along with the years."
"What I wanted to be on this album is me, with everything I've experienced so far," she says of "90 Millas." Only one thing, she concedes, is missing. "The phenomenal Celia Cruz," Estefan says. "But although she couldn't be here physically, I felt her presence throughout the entire recording of the album. It's still impossible for me to feel like Celia's gone, simply because she is still so alive to me through her music and the friendship we shared for so many years.