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Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino

Concepts In Unity
CD (Salsoul 6001), Released 1975; Re-Issued 1994
Produced by Rene Lopez & Andy Kaufman
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Incredibly, Salsoul has recently discontinued their line of superb Latin reissues from the '70s. This classic is one of the more important casualties to take note of. We have a limited supply of this gem and, unless another label picks it up, once it's gone, it's gone. It is a must-have for your collection -- an important piece of Latin music history.
An absolute classic, virtually impossible to find in its original double LP format (both LPs make up this single CD). Some consider these sessions, which are some of the finest examples of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Puerto Rican artistry, to be the embryo of Conjunto Libre. Manny Oquendo, Andy and Jerry Gonzalez, all Libre veterans, are central to this production. Those looking for this release were waiting for years for it to be reissued on CD. Well here it is. It's thrilling, it's lovely, and, it's a must have.
Highly recommended. (BP, 2008-03-11)
Reviews:
"A cultural display of the roots of Afro-Caribbean music from urban New York City." (Rudolph Mangual 98/99 Catalog)
"This is a milestone in the evolution of the music brought about by the commitment of the distinguished collector, Rene Lopez, and other noted musicians in New York City. You can hear 'Choco's Guajira' on this CD, as well as the original guaguancó, 'Cuba Linda.' " (Raul Fernandez 98/99 Catalog)
"This recording with Manny Oquendo and Andy Gonzalez precedes the formation of their group Libre. Their version of 'Anabacoa' is a rare gem. A must have!" (Nelson Rodriguez 98/99 Catalog)
"These musicians took street music to a whole new artistic level. Jerry Gonzalez (congas), Andy Gonzalez (bass), Manny Oquendo (timbales), Milton Cardona (bata), Chocolate (trumpet), Nelson Gonzalez (tres) and Oscar Hernandez (piano) were some of the main ingredients. When this album first came out in 1975, it blew everybody away. This CD is really a piece of art." (Jose Rizo 98/99 Catalog)
"This album is a by product of jam sessions held in the noted Latin music R & D center known as the González brothers’ basement. Said brothers team up here with veterans including Manny Oquendo, Chocolate Armenteros, Henny Alvarez and the late Virgilio Martí for classic reinterpretations of traditional Cuban and Puerto Rican musical modalities. Music lovers will be eternally grateful to René López and Andy Kaufman for producing this magnificent album." (David M. Carp 98/99 Catalog)
"This is an absolute must. This 1975 release is important in many ways. It was the first Latin recording ever to be reviewed by 'Down Beat' magazine (the #1 jazz periodical), which thus recognized the music as an art form to be taken seriously. It also showcased the reaffirmation of a group of New York based Latino musicians to preserving the deep roots of the culture. We also get to hear the embryonic beginnings of the careers of Manny Oquendo & Libre, Dave Valentin, Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band, as well as folk legends like 'Chocolate' and the late Virgilio Marti. Produced by the ubiquitous Rene Lopez and Andy Kaufman, this recording oozes soul and sabor. " (Bobby Sanabria 98/99 Catalog)
"Absolutely one of the best recordings of Cuban and Puerto Rican music in the US! How wonderful that it is finally available on CD (although I still have my LP - I'm quite the sentimentalist!). What can I say about this landmark work, which gave birth to such an amazing child as Conjunto Libre. The combination of musicians on this album has yet to be equaled on any other project. One of my favorites on this recording is 'Cuba Linda,' a heart-wrenching anthem to the island by one of its talented expatriates, singer Virgilio Martí. " (Rebeca Mauleón 96/97 Catalog)
"The beginning of Conjunto Libre and the roots are strong! Great tunes, solos, and all the fixin's make this one of my most well-worn classics!" (Chuck Silverman 96/97 Catalog)
Song titles include:
Cuba Linda 9:03
Choco's Guajira 6:14
Anabacoa 6:24
Adelaida 4:56
Luz Delja 3:07
Carmen La Ronca 6:57
Canto Asoyin 4:26
Canto Ebioso 3:00
A Papa Y Mama 7:53
Iya Modupue 8:29
Musicians include:
Manny Oquendo Timbales
Andy Gonzalez Bass
Jerry Gonzalez Congas
Milton Cardona Bata
Chocolate Trumpet
Reinaldo Jorge Trombone
Victor Montañez Conga & vocal
Marcial Reyes Requinto & coro
Jaime Rivera Guiro & coro
Francisco Tan Martinez Harmonica
Nelson Gonzalez Tres
...and many, many others!
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