In 1984, he formed [Adalberto Alvarez] y su son, the group he leads today. The band's 1999 release, Jugando Con Candela (Playing With Fire) on Havana Caliente records, a subsidiary of Atlantic, is a good example of how Alvarez invigorates Cuba's venerable genre. By adding electric keyboard, a brassy sound, rap and touches of reggae, he has given son enough new life to attract new fans. But Alvarez still knows how to please more traditional listeners with classic Cuban stylings. His work is a fine -- and highly danceable -- blend of past and present.