by Gloria Estefan



The title of Gloria Estefan's first album in three years says it all. Unwrapped is a calculated attempt by the 46-year-old singer to bring the refined profile she has in the Spanish-language world to an English audience that primarily identifies her with party jams. And it works, thanks to Estefan's willingness to think seriously and take risks. Writing the majority of songs herself, she celebrates her new role in life -- her daughter Emily is now six -- and in her art. Unwrapped, more than any other Estefan record, brings her bilingual personality into one nuanced whole. The music is mature, somewhat jazzy, with Latin touches that don't scream "Conga!" -- Andean panpipes, for example -- and surprising textures from organ and pedal steel guitar. Two very high-profile fans join Gloria on this one. Stevie Wonder lends vocals and harmonica to "Into You" while Pretender Chrissie Hynde joins Estefan on "One Name." But it's Estefan's personality that shines through this warm, thoughtful record, at long last.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998679023
catalogNumber: 86790

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gloria Estefan   Primary Artist
Jon Secada   Background Vocals
Luis Enrique   Percussion,Snare Drums
Tim Barnes   Viola
Edwin Bonilla   Percussion,Snare Drums
Chrissie Hynde   Vocals
Manu Katché   Drums,Snare Drums
Tom McWilliams   Snare Drums
Archie Pena   Percussion,Snare Drums
Rafael Solano   Percussion,Snare Drums
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica,Vocal Ad-Libs
Sebastián Krys   Cavaquinho,Charango,Quena,cuatro,Zampona,Lakota Flute
Dan Warner   Guitar,Mandolin,Tres
Ron Taylor   Piano,Hammond Organ,Mellotron,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Alfredo Oliva   Violin,Concert Master
Orlando J. Forte   Violin
Chris Glansdorp   Cello
Mei Mei Luo   Violin
Susan Moyer   Cello
Luis Pastor   Bass
Arthur Hanlon   Piano
Richard Flieschman   Viola
Claudio Jaffe   Cello
Laszio Pap   Violin
Juan Antonio Salazar   Conductor
Pedro Alfonso   Violin
Ross Harbaugh   Cello
Meredith Mora Arriaga   Accordion
John Falcone   Bass
Jose "Pepe" Velazquez   Snare Drums
Scott ODonnell   Viola
Debra Spring   Viola

Technical Credits

Gloria Estefan   Composer,Producer
Jon Secada   Composer
Mike Couzzi   Engineer
Emilio Estefan   Composer,Producer
Tom McWilliams   Arranger,Composer
Archie Pena   Arranger
Femi Jiya   Engineer
Sebastián Krys   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Ron Taylor   Engineer
Alberto Tolot   Cover Portrait
Gian Marco   Composer
Steve Menezes   Studio Manager
Trevor Fletcher   Studio Manager
Carlos "El Bola" Betancourt   Cover Art
Tony Mardini   Arranger,Composer
Juan Antonio Salazar   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Susanne Cerha   Art Direction
John Falcone   Arranger,Composer,String Arrangements
Jose "Pepe" Velazquez   Drum Technician
Ruben Parra   Studio Manager
Julie Gardner   Engineer
Eric Schilling   Engineer

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