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Papo Lucca

With his dynamic piano playing and unique approach to salsa, Papo Lucca (born Enrique Arsenio Lucca, Jr.) has led his band, Sonora Porcena, to the forefront of Latin music. Inheriting the group from his father, Lucca has continued to inspire Sonora Porcena with his innovative playing. While Ruben Blades called Lucca, "the best pianist in the world," Cuban pianist Ruben Gonzalez explained, "of non-Cuban pianists, I most admire (Lucca) because his salsa is very close to son. Son piano is more varied than salsa piano which is more formulaic and holds on to a single riff much longer."

Lucca has been involved with music most of his life. A native of Ponce, a small city on the southern coast of Puerto Rico, he began studying at the city's Free School of Music at the age of six. In addition to being trained in solfeggio, he studied piano, clarinet, saxophone, and music theory. A month after he enrolled in the school, he performed a classical piece on a local radio station. Lucca simultaneously studied privately with pianist Ramon Fernandez. With his father's encouragement, Lucca advanced quickly. Performing with Sonora Porcena at the age of eight, he made his recording debut three years later, when the group accompanied bolero vocalists Felipe Rodriguez and Davilita on their album, Al Compas De Las Sonoras. At the age of fourteen, Lucca began an "official" member of Sonora Porcena.

Throughout the 1950s, Lucca remained active as a musician. In addition to playing solo piano on a television show hosted by Ruth Fernandez, he recorded with Obdulio Morales, Orquestra Panamerica, and Machito. Despite his busy schedule, Lucca found time to continue his formal studies. Graduating from the University of Puerto Rico, he went on to study at the Conservatory of Music. His first opportunity to showcase his talents came in 1976 when he co-produced Sonora Porcena's album, Musical Conquest/Conquista Musical, with Louie Ramirez. Two years later, he produced the group's album, Explorando, on his own. Although he's remained committed to Sonora Porcena, Lucca has balanced his involvement with a variety of outside projects. In 1976, he replaced pianist Larry Harlow in the Fania All-Stars. He continued to perform with the group until the mid-'90s.

Lucca reached his peak in 1979. Together with Sonora Porcena, he collaborated with influential Latin vocalist Celia Cruz on an album, La Cieba, and appeared with Cruz in a television documentary, Salsa. The same year, he performed on an album, Habana Jam, along with the Fania All-Stars, which was recorded during a concert in Cuba. Lucca also recorded a solo piano album, Latin Jazz, in 1993. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Nada mejor que papo detras del piano.
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Ponce es ponce. Love it. Unbelievable . Salsera hasta.la.mue r t e .
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La mejor salsa la de mi bori queen.Eeeeee e p a
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Que viva la salsa!!!! this is real music.
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Papo, piano many
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Fender Rhodes like no other. Guapea Papo. A todos Bamboleate!
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Después de el gran combo, sonora ponerla, es la mejor.
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ESTO SI ES MUSICA LA SALSA DE LOS 60 Y 70 NO TIENE COMPARACION CUBA Y PUERTO RICO SOMOS UNO
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Clasica
Nada nada nada Como la salsa de Los 70! Que bueno que la vivi!
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jvel777
Que repite la musica porque la salsa de ayer es dificil para econtrar
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Con los Hierros. Bamboleate.
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Great music,great culture. That what music is��
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Wow call the FIre DePt,.!,
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Wow mi gente
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I guess a maestrp would be something u would catch maes in..........
It would have to be a HUMANE maestrp, so u could take the maes to the woods & release them.
Right.
Bear with me, I'm having my 3rd Monday this week........ . = - O
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MAESTRO, NOT MAESTRP!!!
See? I'm so awestruck by this music that I
can't even TAP straight!!!! ! =-O :-! :O
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¡¡¡WEPAAAAA! ! !
Y'all.
:-D :-D :-D
That's something awesome, to be praised so highly by El Maestrp, Ruben Gonzalez!!!
=-O =-O =-O
Thank You, LORD, for EARS!!! & for Papo Lucca, & for this GLORIOUS MUSIC!!!!!
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Real salsa!! Loven it!!
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rickybajo18
Me crie con esta musica y viendoles tocar de gratis en la plaza de Ponce...mi banda preferida siempre será La Sonora Ponceña.
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I can listen too this guy all day...in fact I'm cooking black beans...yell o w rice steak with onions..chic k e n adobo and fried plantain while listening right now
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Tremendo:
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mariohernand e z 1 3
El mejor pianista de todos los tiempos.
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La mejor orquesta siempre será mi favorita
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I like this very much
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The best!
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Papa Lucca was in my life as young as i can recall, my childhood memories. Wepa!!! Que viva la salsa!
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Con la L con U con C con A ........ papo lucca ..... lalala parapapa
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thunderarana
Papo Lucca is the best none better
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afrikanzion
Classic!!!
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afrikanzion
An true and incredible musician.
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TREMENDO NUMERO VOCALIZADO POR LUIGUI TEXIDOR DE SANTA ISABEL P. R. JUNTO A LA SONORA PONCENA DE LA SEGUNDA CIUDAD DE P. R.,PONCE LA CIUDAD SENORIAL.PON C E ES PONCE.
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gerbm625
Que si que! Pappo Lucca... pura rumba.
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papo lucca by far the pianist Ive ever heard. thank you

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