Tres (Cuban stringed instrument) player
with Marc Anthony, is one of the many
talented musicians who are featured on
the remastered CD's
Authority and Ready
For Freddy on the LP
it turned out, Nelson was a key collaborator
whose diligence was critical to the release
of those historical recordings. Since
his chosen instrument is not well understood
in the lineage of Latin music, recognition
has not come as easily to Nelson
Gonzales as to some of his contemporaries.
But make no mistake about his place in
the pantheon of great players. When they
get around to inducting players into the
Latin Music Hall of Fame, Nelson Gonzales
will a shoe-in on the first ballot!
Velez, percussionist with Marc Anthony
and DLG, grew up surrounded by music.
He remembers listening to his brother
Jose play with Marc
Eric learned to play in the Cuban tradition
but espouses the concept of embracing
a wider world of music and percussion
when defining his goals. This has led
him to learn from the diversity of players
who tread the stage worldwide.