Here you’ll find the second album of Luisito Benjamin’s music. It’s volume two of “All Time Favorites of Puerto Rico.” You’ll notice that this record has individual tracks and is not a medley as volume one was. I’d like to also share another anecdote or two about Luisito’s life.
Not only did Luisito get into trouble for playing by ear, but his father thought that he was memorizing the music that he used to teach his music students at home with. To counteract this, Luisito’s father changed the curriculum for him. He was only nine years old at the time, and he could already reproduce music solely by ear. In addition to the piano, Luisito played several woodwinds in different capacities.
When Luisito’s father had his orchestra come to the house to rehearse, he would have to spread them out in order to fit them all in. He would have woodwinds in one room, strings in another, and perhaps brass on the front lawn. He would direct all of them from a central room with windows and doors open so they could all see and hear each other.
“All Time Favorites of Puerto Rico Volume 2″ is very similar to Volume 1. The main differences being that the tracks are individual, and the rhythm section is more noticeable and prominent in these songs. Enjoy!
I have one more recording of Luisito that I’ll post next week. Until then, be sure to follow this blog on Twitter or through WordPress.
The download files are zipped to compress the size as well as simplify the number of files needed. I’ve also included a hi-res PDF of the front and back of the record jackets. If you need help unzipping and accessing the files, you can email me here.