At first hearing, the homage paid by Los Hijos de los CÉlebres (Isamel Rivera Jr., Tommy "Puchy" Rodríguez, and AndrÉs "Andicito" Montanez) to music popularized by Puerto Rico's C

At first hearing, the homage paid by Los Hijos de los Célebres (Isamel Rivera Jr., Tommy "Puchy" Rodríguez, and Andrés "Andicito" Montanez) to music popularized by Puerto Rico's Cuarteto Mayarí, Cuarteto Marcano, and Sexteto Borinquen might seem like an obvious gimmick. But this album brims with enthusiasm, fine singing in true sonero tradition and a respect for traditional form blended with contemporary arrangements. Alternating between solos (with a different singer featured on each track) and duets, Homenaje covers a wide range of material, from boleros to a medley of Trío Matamoros hits that includes "El Son de la Loma." But the real gems are evocative tracks like "Bajo un Palmar," "Amor Perdido," and the rollicking "Cuatro Personas"—beautiful marriages of tasteful past and pulsating present.—LC