9 p.m. Saturday
Blue Note Lounge
2408 N. Robinson Ave.
Brassy, sensual and incomparable, Cuban-born vocalist Celia Cruz boasts a set of pipes unequaled by any woman before or since' sorry, Shakira. Her lively staccato delivery, reliably set against irresistibly hip-shaking grooves, can't help but make you pine for tropical paradises.
"Only They Could Have Made This Album," a smooth, effortlessly slick recording, produced with the great Latin bandleader Willie Colon in 1977 and freshly re-released by Fania, is perfect for one last gasp of summer before the autumn chill sets in.
Expansive despite its relative brevity at only 10 tracks, Cruz and Colon mesh seamlessly, delivering one knockout punch after another: whether it's the kinetic "Pap