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DVD Collector's Choice

All of our huge selection of DVDs and CD-DVD Sets have been reduced this week. Yes, it's our quarterly DVD Collector's Choice Sale! Includes live performances, instructional and documentary DVDs. Over 500 titles ...Enjoy!

But hurry: This week only.
Ends Sunday, June 5th
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ALEX ACUÑA
The Rhythm Collector DVD
DW DVD / Original Price: $29.95 / Now Only: $23.96

Originally released: 2007
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: The life of master percussionist Alex Acuña is well documented on this high definition - surround sound DVD. Not simply a documentary, The Rhythm Collector is also a tour-de force of percussion playing. Acuña plays congas, bongoes, cajón, djembe, tambora, timbales and drumset on this biographic document. Mr. Acuña details a selection of global rhythms, so this hybrid DVD is also an instructional of sorts, Includes some classic live performances as well. Makes a terrific gift for any drummer or percussionist. More than one hour of percussive pleasure. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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ADOLESCENT'S ORQUESTA
Clasicos En Vivo DVD
Sony Codiscos Tropisounds / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38
(original import)

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; VENEZUELA
EditorsPick: Back in stock! ***Best of 2008 Editors Pick Award*** Since the mid-'90s this curiously named Venezuelan salsa orchestra has been heating up passions and filling dance floors throughout South America and beyond. Though the three vocalists featured on this live DVD are indeed youthful, they are by no means adolescents, and the band cooks like a bunch of old pros. At times, the whole production teeters on the edge of pandemonium, with out-of-control brass, breakneck percussion, and a set of eye-distracting and humorously manic dance moves courtesy of the vocalists – Menudo this ain’t. Through it all though, band-leader/guru Porfi Baloa keeps a semblance of order, exhorting the large Medellin crowd to get up and dance, playing some mean keyboards, and urging his furiously swinging band mates o ... continues (Pablo Yglesias)

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ADOLESCENT'S ORQUESTA
Edición Especial CD & DVD Set
Universal / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38

Originally released: 2009
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA COLOMBIA; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: Excellent compilation of hits — a CD and DVD package — from the popular Venezuelan salsa band. With "Si Supieras," "Aquel Lugar," "Cuerpo Sin Alma," "Huellas," "Persona Ideal" and many others. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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JUAN DE MARCOS AND THE AFRO-CUBAN ALLSTARS
Absolutely Live En Vivo: DVD & CD Package
DM Ahora / GG&L / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2011
Category: DVD; SALSA CUBANA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Includes audio cd "Live in Holland" and DVD with "Live in Japan" and "Live in The Hague." Anticipation for this new live full-length DVD and CD release from Juan De Marcos and his stellar band of Cuban musicians has been running high for some time. I first received an advance promo of this superb performance (recorded at the Zepp Tokyo Arena in the Fall of 2002) over a year ago, and knew then that it was pure gold. This DVD and CD package documents a sparkling, powerhouse of a show featuring some of Cuba's treasures like timbalero Amadito Valdes and Polo Tamayo on flute. However, it is the vocalists here that make this one a must-have: Imagine bringing together Felix Valoy, Luis Frank Arias, wildcat Teresita Garcia Caturla and the legendary Manuel "Puntillita" Licea (who is now greatly mi ... continues (BP)

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JUAN DE MARCOS AND THE AFRO-CUBAN ALLSTARS
Afro-Cuban Legends Double Bill: The Afro-Cuban All-Stars At The Salon Of Dreams / Compay Segundo Live At Olympia - DVD
Kultur / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; CUBA
EditorsPick: Actually two separate performances: One by Juan De Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars and another by Compay Segundo. NTSC format. Here's detail from the DVD liners... Compay Segundo: For Compay Segundo, guitarist and singer of Cuba's sensuous and rhythmic Son music, who died in 2003 at the age of 95, the description 'unique artist' is fully justified, as his sublime performance on Ry Cooder's 1997 Grammy Award-winning Buena Vista Social Club testifies. This concert, filmed at the legendary Olympia in Paris, features an all-star line up of fellow Buena Vista contributors such as Omara Portuondo and Benito Suarez. The Afro-Cuban All-Stars at the Salon of Dreams: Havana, Cuba, during the 1940s and 1950s, was one of the most vibrant, thriving and cosmopolitan cities in the Americas and the da ... continues (BP)

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FRANCISCO AGUABELLA
Sworn To The Drum: A Tribute To Francisco Aquabella - DVD
Flower Films / Original Price: $29.98 / Now Only: $23.98

Originally released: 1995
Reissued: 2007
Category: DVD; DOCUMENTARY
EditorsPick: Now on DVD! "Francisco Aguabella is a master of the bata tradition as well as the secular conguero tradition. This film documents his move to the United States in 1957 and his accomplishments since then. " (Victor Rendón, 98/99 Catalog) Highly Recomended. ... continues (DR)

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M ALFONSO
Señales CD & DVD Set
Egrem / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38
(original import)

Originally released: 2008
Category: POP/OTHER; POP LATIN; CUBA
EditorsPick: M Alfonso is a Cuban vocalist in the rock-pop fusion genre. Fans of Yusa, who also appears here, will be especially receptive to Señales. Complete with cd and dvd concert. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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ADALBERTO ALVAREZ Y SU SON
Que Suene El Son Caballero: 2-DVD Plus CD Set
BIS / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58
(original import)

Originally released: 2010
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; CUBA
EditorsPick: Amazing live show at the Karl Marx Theater in Cuba celebrating Adalberto's 35th anniversary in the arts. Features the following special guests: Omara Portuondo, Frank Fernández, Digna Guerra y el Coro nacional de Cuba, Zenaida Armenteros, Maria Victoria, Enrique Álvarez, Dorgeris Álvarez, Brayan Álvarez, Kevin Perez Álvarez, Orquesta del Conservatorio “Alejandro Garcia Caturla”, Compañía de Baile de Santiago Alfonso, Conjunto Folklórico Nacional, Grupo Folklórico Rumbatá, Grupo Gigantería y el grupo Danzario “Arlequín” de Camaguey. Producto Especial...de lujo!!! Y ya está en fábrica nuestra última producción, se trata de un DVD de Adalberto Alvarez y su Son, pero no uno cualquiera, se trata de un excelente producto para festejar por lo alto los 35 años de vida artística del Caballero del ... continues (BP)

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ENRIQUE ALVAREZ Y SU CHARANGA LATINA
Brujeria CD & DVD
Egrem / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2009
Category: SALSA/SON; SON, GUARACHA, GUAJIRA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Wow! Here's a big-bucks production with timba playing a big role. A gaggle of talent here, including seven singers, some of whom are Liliane Del Castillo Troya, Wilmer Muñoz Pérez, René Suárez Zapata, Ernesto Bacallao and guest Adalberto Alvarez. Listen to the gem "Por Gustavo." A bit of well done traditional charanga is also in there ("Almendra") to clear the palate. There's also a superb rendition of "El Manicero." This is a major piece of work. With guests Jesus "Chucho" Valdes and Papo Lucca. Includes a DVD, too. Very Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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ORQUESTA ANACAONA
Ten Sisters Of Rhythm: Film, Images & Music DVD
Universal/Pimienta / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2003
Category: DVD; DOCUMENTARY; CUBA
EditorsPick: This is a wonderful documentary (two, really) of the infamous a girl Cuban dance band popular since the 1930s. Contains vintage clips, photos and audio as well as recent interviews, in Cuba, with original band members. It is wonderful to see an 80-ish Ondina Castro pick up her trumpet and play with feeling. With special guest Frank Emilio Flynn. Excellent quality, well produced, and highly recommended. ... continues (BP)

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LOS ANGELES DE LA HABANA
24 Kilates CD & DVD Set
Egrem / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18
(original import)

Originally released: 2008
Category: SALSA/SON; TIMBA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Wow, more timba from Havana, and this one’s a mix of Charanga Habanera and let’s say Paulito. It has a boy band thing going on, like Charanga, and some of the melodies are out of their school of timba, and clearly there’s an attempt to get the El Boni vibe. The singers do a bit of falsetto singing like in Charanga, and owe a bit to Paulito. While there’s a bit of pop overlay here (castanets, the dreaded acoustic guitar), when things start to swing, watch out, there’s a heavy dance impulse that makes you wonder what the band would sound like live stretching the tunes out for half an hour. Funny you should ask: included is a DVD, with sort of live performances, showing off how the band moves, with tons of choreography, and dancing and uh, dancing. The rhythm section, including the bass, know ... continues (Peter Watrous)

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MARC ANTHONY
El Cantante - The Movie (Based On The Life Of Salsa Legend Héctor Lavoe) DVD
Picturehouse/New Line / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; FILM
EditorsPick: Just in time for the holidays! It would be difficult for any salsa fan to resist this colorful, rhythm-packed, drug drenched interpretation of the life of superstar Héctor Lavoe. Jennifer López is, surprisingly, wonderful as Lavoe's wife Puchi — especially her transformative portrayal of the woman as the older, hardened, widow recanting her life with the singer. Those of you who are familiar with the meteoric rise of the transplanted Puerto Rican singer in the New York '70s salsa scene and his tragic ending might not find much information that's not already well documented, but seasoned salsa listeners will delight in spotting familiar faces peppered through the film. Ismael Miranda is quite powerful as Lavoe's unyielding father. Victor Manuelle plays Ruben Blades debuting the song "El Can ... continues (BP)

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MARC ANTHONY
Mis Favoritas: Grandes Éxitos DVD + CD Package
Sony Music / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18
(original import)

Originally released: 2011
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: Special DVD+CD package of greatest hits by the popular salsero. Includes such tracks as "Contra La Corriente," "Si Te Vas," "Te Conozco Bien," and "I Need To Know." Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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MARC ANTHONY
The Concert From Madison Square Garden - DVD
Sony Music / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2004
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: Well produced big-bucks live concert performance from New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2000. Anthony performs his mega-hits, including “Contra La Corriente” and “I Need to Know” to a packed crowd of delighted fans.120 minutes. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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ORQUESTA ARAGÓN
The Best - Live DVD
Traditional Cuban Records / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98

Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; CHARANGA, CHA CHA CHA; CUBA
EditorsPick: The first half of this DVD features the legendary Cuban dance band’s live 65th Anniversary concert performance in Cuba. With guest vocalist Tiburón. The second half of the DVD features vintage footage, progressively going further back in time. Relatively poor image quality, but must-have for the collectors. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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ARNALDO Y SU TALISMAN
Viste Lo Que Le Dije CD & Concert DVD
Egrem / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; POP LATIN; CUBA
EditorsPick: Arnaldo Rodriguez has succesfully transformed himself from a timba singer (his 2003 debut Arnaldo Y Su Talisman) to a pop artist who mixes elements of rock and bachata in the mold of, say, Juan Luis Guerra. This new project mixes up some live performances as well as studio work. Also included is a full-length DVD of his live concert. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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JOE ARROYO
La Historia, Vol. 1 - DVD
Sony Discos / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2003
Category: DVD; SALSA COLOMBIA; COLOMBIA

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JOE ARROYO
Mis Favoritas: Grandes Éxitos DVD + CD Package
Sony Music / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18
(original import)

Originally released: 2011
Category: DVD; SALSA COLOMBIA; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: Special DVD+CD package of greatest hits by the popular vocal salsero. Includes such tracks as "Ella Y Tú," "Falta la Plata," "Muévelo," and "Pañuelo Y Guayuco." Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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PEDRO ARROYO
Clásicos En Vivo: Live In Cali Colombia - DVD
Codiscos/Salsa Power / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: Very well produced — by Diego Gale — live performance from veteran salsa singer Pedro Arroyo. Direct from Discoteca Jala Jala in Calí, Colombia, the svelte singer performed to a packed house who hung on to his every word. And he cooked. Arroyo, backed by the Gale machine, has never sounded better. he used to sing with the Rubby Haddock’s orquesta, and then developed a major career in salsa romantica. Later, he was to sing with Guayacan (on the CD X Tremo) which brought him back to the fore. Here I expected a smoother, more romantic set, but what I got was an impressive, totally solid and, in-the-pocket, fiery salsa session con ganas. Included are his hits “Te Dejo Libre,” “Cantare Con Una Orquesta,” “Tu Quieres Mas,” “Amarte A Ti” and many others. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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AVENTURA
K.O.B. Live: 2 CDs & DVD Package Set
Premium/Sony / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98

Originally released: 2006
Category: MERENGUE/BACHATA; BACHATA
EditorsPick: Special 2-CD plus DVD package set. ... continues (BP)

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AVENTURA
Live In Concert At The United Palace, New York
Premium Latin Music / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2003
Category: DVD; BACHATA

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AVENTURA
Sold Out At Madison Square Garden: Kings Of Bachata - DVD
Sony Norte / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18

Originally released: 2007
Category: MERENGUE/BACHATA; BACHATA
EditorsPick: Live from Madison Square Garden. With guests Gerry Grimaud, Jr. Aka Bombin' Gerry, Henry Santos Jeter, Hector "El Torito" Acosta, Wisin & Yandel, Anthony Santos, and violinist Miri Ben-Ari. ... continues (BP)

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AVENTURA
Sold Out At Madison Square Garden: Kings Of Bachata - DVD & CD Set
Sony Norte / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2007
Category: MERENGUE/BACHATA; BACHATA
EditorsPick: Live from Madison Square Garden. With guests Gerry Grimaud, Jr. Aka Bombin' Gerry, Henry Santos Jeter, Hector "El Torito" Acosta, Wisin & Yandel, Anthony Santos, and violinist Miri Ben-Ari. ... continues (BP)

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AVENTURA
We Broke The Rules
Premium Latin Music / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2003
Category: DVD; BACHATA

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AZUCAR NEGRA
Exceso De Equipaje CD & DVD
Egrem / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58
(original import)

Originally released: 2008
Category: SALSA/SON; TIMBA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Another heap of non-stop timba from one of the great second generation Cuban timba bands, one that keeps going, due in part to the nonpareil ear of the leader Leonel Limonta. Limonta cranks out unforgettable songs, and has a way with the cool coro; as a talent scout, he’s no slouch either, regularly picking singers that can rock the house. This is noisy, no-prisoners-accepted timba, working on a bunch of rhythmic levels, the coro floating tranquilly through the rhythmic mayhem of the percussion, the erratic movement of the bass, the pointillism of the horns and keyboards. The male singers are a bit hysterical, giving a sense of wildness to the songs on which they’re featured; Aylin Mulgas, the woman singer, is a bit more relaxed; they all bring it totally, and contribute to the first great ... continues (Peter Watrous)

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FÉLIX BALOY
Live In The UK - Alive In Cuba: Felix Baloy & The Afro-Cuban All Stars DVD (NTSC & PAL)
Tumi / Original Price: $27.98 / Now Only: $22.38
(original import)

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; SALSA CUBANA; CUBA
EditorsPick: What a terrific combination documentary and performance DVD. Directed by Charles H. Wood, this fine production about the life of Félix Baloy, from his humble beginnings to his current stature as one of the most popular and charismatic contemporary Cuban soneros, is a must-have. Born in 1944 in Mayari, he started working early on to help out his family — first as a laborer, then milkman, than shoemaker. A huge fan of Beny Moré, Baloy joined Elio Reve's group in 1956. After his stay with Reve he joined Raul Planas in the group Tropicuba, and then on to Son 14 under the directorship of Adalberto Alvarez. Later Baloy would become the lead singer for the Afro-Cuban All Stars with Juan De Marcos and would eventually, in 2002, form his own band. This is a quality production, and the DVD allows yo ... continues (BP)

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BAMBOLEO
Knock Out: Lazarito Valdés Y Bamboleo & Manolito Simonet Y Su Trabuco En Concierto DVD & CD Set
BIS / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2006
Category: DVD; TIMBA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Splash some water in my face, will you? I could be dreaming here. Whoa... Knock Out is, by far, the best live modern Cuban dance concert DVD we have come across to date. It took seven camera men (yes, seven) to capture the intensity and heat of this milestone show. Recorded live in September of 2005 at the Teatro Karl Marx, Knock Out brings two of Cuba's heaviest dance bands, Manolito y Su Trabuco and Bamboleo, together in an event that gave the audience something to tell their grandkids about. Billed as a heavyweight battle between two boxers, the DVD opens, hysterically, with Manolito and Lázaro Valdés donning their boxing gear and stepping into the ring - er, stage. What happens next is more powerful than a punch in the stomach by Mike Tyson: untethered heart stopping timba-salsa born b ... continues (BP)

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BAMBOLEO
The Best Of Bamboleo - CD & Bonus DVD With Previously Unreleased Songs
Ahi-Nama / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98

Originally released: 2003
Category: DVD; SALSA CUBANA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Good compilation of Cuba's hottest modern dance band. Includes two tracks previously unreleased ("Shake Your Body/Si Bamboleo Te Gusta" and "Ka Cha Cha"), as well as a bonus DVD disc with a good bunch of videos: one polished, the rest rough, but all fun and very sexy. The DVDs include Vania Borges and Haila Mompie on vocals. If you are not hip to Bamboleo, get this now. Highly recommended. ... continues (BP)

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GATO BARBIERI
Live From The Latin Quarter - DVD
Image Entertainment / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; LATIN JAZZ
EditorsPick: Live performance from New York City's The Latin Quarter, this one features Gato on sax, Frank Colon on percussion, drummer Robbie Gonzalez, bassist Mario Rodriguez and Mark Soskin on piano. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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JUAN KEMELL Y LA BARRIADA
Havananza - CD & DVD Set
Egrem / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; TIMBA; CUBA
EditorsPick: ***Best of 2008 Editors Pick Award*** Another double disc, cd/dvd extravaganza from Egrem, and this one has non-stop driving music from one of the better working bands in Havana. Kemell’s band has the energy of the best timba orchestras, leavened with salsa, and it swings heavily. The singer, Yury Tejeda, can really rock, and the coros, constantly changing, make each piece epic. The band sings about Havana, girls and whatever else, and the arrangements are pretty nearly dance floor genius, with the singing constantly talking back to the coros, and the rhythm section charging forward, unstoppable. Jenny Valdes, who has sung with Van Van and Ng La Banda, joins the band also. This is the best Cuba can offer, with no apologies, or excuses, or missteps, and it’s hard to believe that a better re ... continues (Peter Watrous)

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ALBERTO BARROS
Mano A Mano: El Titan De La Salsa CD & DVD Set
Talent Beach / Original Price: $16.98 / Now Only: $13.58

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: ***Best of 2008 Editors Pick Award*** The multi-talented Alberto Barros has a lot of “juice” on the salsa scene – you can tell by who his rather impressive friends are – Oscar D’Leon, Cali Alemán, Wilson Manyoma, La India, Issac Delgadpo, Lalo Rodríguez, “El Canario,” Gabino Pampini, Sergio George, Giovanny Hidalgo, “Perico” Ortiz, Alfredo De La Fé, Luisito Quintero, Diego Galé, Jimmy Bosch, and Sal Cuavas, to mention just a few. This is a high powered, teflon coated South American turbo-powered salsa affair, and if you know your Grupo Niche and Sonora Carruseles, this will fit right in with your typical Colombian instant dancefloor recipe for success. The first three staight up salsa dura tracks that introduce us to the album. The concept for the rest of the tracks is pitting one classic ... continues (Pablo Yglesias)

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ALBERTO BARROS
Mis Favoritas - Lo Mejor de La Salsa DVD & CD
Sony Music / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2010
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: This is a repackaged release of "Tributo A La Salsa Colombiana," so if you already have that one, don't get this one. But if you don't aready have it ...get it! Review: If you had any doubts about Colombia being the new epicenter of salsa, the DVD-CD combo Tributo A La Salsa Colombiana will be sure to set you straight. The power and intensity of a grand-scale production has been concentrated to accommodate a smaller venue, and the resulting effect is that you feel like you are part of the dynamics of this show. And, man, what a show. Barros, one of the most sought after arranger-bandleader-trombonists in salsa, has brought together a top notch group of musicians to interpret the most memorable hits of Guayacán, Joe Arroyo, Grupo Niche, Los Titanes, Fruko y Sus Tesos, Los Carrusele ... continues (BP)

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ALBERTO BARROS
Tributo A La Salsa Colombiana - DVD & CD Set
Talent Beach / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2007
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: If you had any doubts about Colombia being the new epicenter of salsa, the DVD-CD combo Tributo A La Salsa Colombiana will be sure to set you straight. The power and intensity of a grand-scale production has been concentrated to accommodate a smaller venue, and the resulting effect is that you feel like you are part of the dynamics of this show. And, man, what a show. Barros, one of the most sought after arranger-bandleader-trombonists in salsa, has brought together a top notch group of musicians to interpret the most memorable hits of Guayacán, Joe Arroyo, Grupo Niche, Los Titanes, Fruko y Sus Tesos, Los Carruseles, Grupo Gale and La Misma Gente. And he's got most of the original singers of these hits as to boot. To get a sense of scale, here's a partial list of participating singers: Ch ... continues (BP)

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ALBERTO BARROS
Tributo A La Salsa Colombiana 2 - DVD & CD Set
Talent Beach/Sony / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18

Originally released: 2009
Category: DVD; SALSA COLOMBIA; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: Here's a fitting follow-up to band-leader, arranger and trombonist Alberto Barro's 2007 Tributo A La Salsa Colombiana (Vol. 1). The first one won rave reviews, including mine... "If you had any doubts about Colombia being the new epicenter of salsa, the DVD-CD combo Tributo A La Salsa Colombiana will be sure to set you straight. The power and intensity of a grand-scale production has been concentrated to accommodate a smaller venue, and the resulting effect is that you feel like you are part of the dynamics of this show. And, man, what a show." We'll here's Part II, a *great* surprise that features singers Cali Aleman, Carlos Mario, Saulo Sanchez, Daniel Silva, Alvaro Granobles, Carlos Guerrero, Harold Peláez, Jairo Andrade, Arnold Moreno, Luis Lambis Jr., M ... continues (BP)

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ALBERTO BARROS
Tributo A La Salsa Colombiana 3: Live In Mexico - CD & DVD Set
Talent Beach/Sony / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98

Originally released: 2010
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: JUST IN! Trombonist and bandleader Alberto Barros pushes the salsa dura envelope yet further with this amazing live presentation of his Tributo a Salsa Colombiana series. Part 3 was recorded live in Mexico, and features the singers Juan Carlos Coronel, Charlie Zaa, Daniel Silva, Cali Aliman, Carlos Guerrero, Alvaro Granobles, Saulo Sanchez, Carlos Brito, Danny Daniel, Carlos Rendon, Zayda, Cesar Salazar, Arnald Moreno. Also with trumpeters Dante Vargas and Jose Sibaja, bassist Alex Duque, Douglas Guevarra on congas and a whole bunch more. Very Highly Recommended. In case you haven't seen or heard either monsters of salsa, Parts 1 or 2, here's a snippet of past reviews : "If you had any doubts about Colombia being the new epicenter of salsa, the DVD-CD combo Tributo A La Salsa Colombiana w ... continues (BP)

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JOE BATAAN
Live In San Francisco - DVD
Cool-Fu / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; PERFORMANCE
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JOE BATAAN
Mr. New York Is Back! - DVD
Vampi Soul / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58
(original import)

Originally released: 2006
Category: DVD; DOCUMENTARY
EditorsPick: Just in! New DVD Documentary and live performance of Mr. Joe Bataan, the prince of Latin Soul. The documentary, entitled “Mr. New York is Back!” - written and directed by David Picher and José Guimaray, covers his career from his life as a boy in Spanish Harlem to his recent resurgence and popularity as a Latin soul pioneer. Also details his disco rap period associated with Salsoul, and his latest release “Call My Name.” Also features Bataan’s live performance from 1995 at the New York Club S.O.B.s. Bonus features include “Rap-O-Clap” videos, “A Day With Joe Bataan” and a few tracks from his 2005 performance in Spain. For the denizens of Bataan fans out there, a no-brainer. A must-have. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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JOSÉ BELLO
José Bello Live In Colombia - DVD And CD Package
CRC / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2005
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: DVD and CD package of Mr. Bello's terrific live performance in Colombia. The CD is the same as his recent release "Jose Bello Live." The same review that we posted for the CD applies here... Colombia seems to be a second home for New York and Puerto Rican salseros lately. Junior Gonzalez, the Lebron Brothers and Maelo Ruiz have all recently found appreciative audiences there. And now here comes veteran singer José Bello with a simply terrific live Salsa Dura concert from Medellín, Colombia. This is Mr. Bello's first new release in years -- a no-nonsense powerhouse of a performance that makes me appreciate this singer even more. With a wall of stone coro section featuring George "Rayban" Valencia, Charlie Torres, Cristian Fernandez, and Carlos Llamosa -- as well as a rhythm section with Co ... continues (BP)

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JORGE BERMUDEZ
Conga Drumming — A Beginner's Guide - DVD
Dancing Hands / Original Price: $19.95 / Now Only: $15.96

Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: Now on DVD! ... continues (BP)

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BILLO’S CARACAS BOYS
A Gozar Con Billo's - Biografia Musical DVD ***
Billos / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2006
Category: DVD; TROPICAL/OTHER
EditorsPick: DVD focusing on Luis Maria Frometa, leader of the popular Venezuelan dance band Billo's Caracas Boys. ... continues (BP)

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RUBEN BLADES
Ruben Blades Calí Concert - 2 DVD Set
Immortal / Original Price: $32.98 / Now Only: $26.38

Originally released: 2006
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: Live from Calí, Colombia... a 2-DVD set! There's a *lot* of classic material here... "Caminando," "Juan Pachanga," "Buscando Guayaba," "Plastico," "Amor Y Control," "Pedro Navaja," "Tiburon," and "Patria." Highly Recommended. A multi-faceted singer/songwriter and salsa pioneer who has also rose to prominence as a successful activist, lawyer, and politician, versatile musician Ruben Blades shifts between ballroom rumba, intense salsa, and mellow, folk-style ballads in a concert that truly spans the spectrum of his diverse abilities. With twenty-two memorable tunes including "Juan Pachanga," "Hag at the Churn," "Ligia Elena," "Mastra Vida," and "Patria," this release offers fans an opportunity to enjoy Blades' unique brand of musical storytelling without having to wait for his next internat ... continues (BP)

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RUBEN BLADES
Todos Vuelven, Live - DVD Vol. 1
Ariel Rivas Music / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18

Originally released: 2011
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: El ganador de múltiples premios Grammy y cantautor panameño Rubén Blades, regresa a los escenarios con “Todos Vuelven” una de las giras más exitosas en la historia de la música latina, producida por Ariel Rivas Entertainment y The Relentless Agency, la cual fue disfrutada por más de un millón de personas. Blades y Seis del Solar, se reunieron para conmemorar su vigésimo quinto aniversario, con presentaciones a casa llena, a lo largo y ancho de Latinoamérica y Estados Unidos. “Todos Vuelven Live” es una compilación de los grandes éxitos de Blades en concierto, con una de las mejores bandas latinas de todos  los tiempos. Multiple Grammy Award winner, Panamanian singer and songwriter Rubén Blades, made his  stage comeback with “Todos Vuelven”, one of Latin American music’s most successful to ... continues (BP)

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RUBEN BLADES
Todos Vuelven, Live - DVD Vol. 2
Ariel Rivas Music / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18

Originally released: 2011
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: El ganador de múltiples premios Grammy y cantautor panameño Rubén Blades, regresa a los escenarios con “Todos Vuelven” una de las giras más exitosas en la historia de la música latina, producida por Ariel Rivas Entertainment y The Relentless Agency, la cual fue disfrutada por más de un millón de personas. Blades y Seis del Solar, se reunieron para conmemorar su vigésimo quinto aniversario, con presentaciones a casa llena, a lo largo y ancho de Latinoamérica y Estados Unidos. “Todos Vuelven Live” es una compilación de los grandes éxitos de Blades en concierto, con una de las mejores bandas latinas de todos  los tiempos. Multiple Grammy Award winner, Panamanian singer and songwriter Rubén Blades, made his  stage comeback with “Todos Vuelven”, one of Latin American music’s most successful to ... continues (BP)

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WILLIE BOBO
King Conga: 2 Programs On 1 DVD
Arkadia / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98

Originally released: 1980
Reissued: 2008
Category: LATIN JAZZ; LATIN JAZZ
EditorsPick: ***Best of 2008 Editors Pick Award*** Raised in Spanish Harlem, William Bobo Correa (1934-1983) was one of the world's premiere jazz and Latin percussionists, most recognized for playing Afro-Cuban jazz. Bobo joined Tito Puente's band at the age of 19, where he was supposedly given his stage name, Willie Bobo, by piano virtuoso Mary Lou Williams after seeing him perform. Bobo played as a sideman for Dizzy Gillespie, but was given his first mainstream exposure after playing on the George Shearing album The Shearing Spell. Bobo later joined Cal Tjader's Modern Mambo Quintet during the peak of the 1950s mambo craze, before finally assembling his own group. After relocating to Los Angeles in the 1970s, Bobo worked with Latin rock icon Carlos Santana, as well as for Bill Cosby on his variety TV ... continues (BP)

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JIMMY BOSCH
Jimmy Bosch Allstar Band Live In Puerto Rico DVD
JRGR Records / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2006
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: Now here's a real salsa band: Rubén Rodríguez on bass, George Delgado on congas, legendary timbalero Nicky Marrero, bongocero Geroge Padilla, Angie Machado on trumpet, Jeff Lederer - tenor sax, pianist Eddie Sánchez, Mauricio Smith Jr. on baritone sax and flute (jeez, he looks just like his dad), a young singer named Rey Bayona, and the Moña-Monster himself, Jimmy Bosch, on the bone. Mix that stew and what do you get? Real good stew, that's what. This show, live from the Heineken JazzFest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, makes you wish it were in a small club — and that you were there. A top notch groove-driven show with some of the best solos I've seen on DVD. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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JIMMY BOSCH
Jimmy Bosch Live In Concert - DVD (NTSC Format)
Cedecom / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: Here's a terrific live concert DVD from trombonist/bandleader Jimmy Bosch and his hard-driving band. Direct from the 2001 Etnosur festival in Andalusia, southern Spain, this one is packed with grinding montunos, sizzling moñas, powerhouse tumbaos. Spirited vocals provided by Rey Bayona who, you may recall, is the lead vocalist on Mr. Bosch's recent critically acclaimed El Avión De La Salsa CD. Watch out for red hot timbale solos provided by Ricardo Salas, and smart groove-driven arrangements by Alfredo Valdes Jr., Ricky Gonzalez, Oscar Hernández and Jimmy Bosch. Also with Luis Marin (piano), Steve Gluzband (trumpet), Eric Velez (congas), Abiud Troche (bass), Ralph Pérez (bongos) and Carl Corwin (baritone sax and flute). In short, it's a high quality, multi-ca ... continues (BP)

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JIMMY BOSCH
Jimmy Bosch Y Su Masacote Jam - DVD
JRGR Records / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: Here's a compilation of footage taken from live performances that took place in New York, Slovenia, Belgium, France, and California. Unfortunately low quality mars what could have been a good snapshot of exciting live performances. The upside is that some of the best musicians are represented here: Willie Rodriguez, Alfredo Rodriguez Jr., Papo Vazquez, Louie Bauzo, George Delgado, Chocolate Armenteros, Frankie Vazquez, Eddie Montalvo, Richie Bastar, Joe Santiago and a slew of others, too. Of special note is footage of two late, great musicians: Mauricio Smith on flute and sax and Mario Rivera playing tenor and soprano sax. For that last reason alone... Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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LEO BROUWER
Homoludens - With Chucho Valdés & Silvio Rodríguez DVD
Colibri / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58
(original import)

Originally released: 2006
Category: DVD; PERFORMANCE; CUBA
EditorsPick: Features four sections: Leo Brouwer: Homo Ludens (2004); Selections from the Brouwer-Irakere documentary (1979); A Brouwer documentary from 2000; Parts of a 2004 Concert held in Cuba. Roughly 87 minutes. NTSC-5 format for all regions. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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ROY BROWN
Yo Protesto - Roy Brown Y Sus Amigos DVD
Tierrazo / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; NUEVA TROVA; PUERTO RICO
EditorsPick: Back in stock! High quality DVD production documenting Mr. Brown's live concert at the Teatro Raúl Juliá Del Museo De Arte de Puerto Rico in February, 2005. Recorded in black and white, with excellent picture quality and sound. For fans of Mr. Brown's poetic social ballads, this one is Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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BUENA FE
Live: 10 Años De Canciones DVD & CD Set
Egrem / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2009
Category: DVD; POP LATIN; CUBA
EditorsPick: Live concert of the popular Cuban pop band. Concierto filmado en la Plaza de La Revolucion el 12 de Agosto del 2008, Habana, Cuba. ... continues (BP)

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BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB
Buena Vista Social Club: The Movie, Directed By Wim Wenders - DVD
Artisan / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 1999
Category: DVD; DOCUMENTARY; CUBA
EditorsPick: Now available on DVD! ... continues (BP)

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ISRAEL "CACHAO" LOPEZ
¡Ahora Sí! Andy Garcia Presents Cachao - CD & DVD Set
Univision / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98

Originally released: 2004
Category: DANCE TRADITIONS; DESCARGAS/MAMBO; CUBA
EditorsPick: About the DVD: The package comes with a DVD that is not simply a bonus video track. This is a full length, highly polished, thoroughly enjoyable production produced by actor/director Andy Garcia, complete with eight unforgettable high resolution tracks. With a cast featuring Latin music's royalty: Alfredo Valdes Jr., Danilo Lozano, Federico Britos, Nelson González, Jimmy Bosch, vocalist Lázaro Gallaraga and many, many others, this DVD generates mambo heat from beginning to end. Also features dancers William Márquez "Willy Mambo" and Reneé Victor. Superb photography direction by Mario García Joya, and edited by Chris Cibelli, a higher quality document of the Cachao experience will not be found. About 1 hour. Very Highly Recommended. [BP, 6-21-04] Bow down in front of the almighty Cachao, ... continues (Peter Watrous)

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CAFE TACUBA
Tiempo Transcurrido...
Warner Music / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2002
Category: DVD; LATIN ROCK

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CALLE 13
Sin Mapa
Sony Music / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98

Originally released: 2009
Category: DVD; FILM
EditorsPick: In the tradition of their irreverent music and innovative videos, Calle 13’s original documentary follows the Puerto Rican hip-hop and alternative-reggaeton duo’s spiritual journey through the high plains of Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Peru. Standard Screen Tracklist: 1. Intro 2. Perú I (Lago Titicaca) 3. México (Premios MTV) 4. Perú II (Lago Titicaca/Mina La Rinconada) 5. Lima, Perú 6. Venezuela I (Amazonas) 7. Puerto Rico I 8. Venezuela II 9. Colombia I (Maicao) 10. Puerto Rico II 11. Colombia II (Sierra Nevada) 12. Puerto Rico III 13. Conclusión 14. Créditos Extras: 15. La Perla - (Tras cámaras, grabación del video) ":a Perla" - Canción del álbum Calle 13 "Los de atrás vienen conmigo" Duracion: 90 Min. ... continues (DR)

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CALLE MAESTRA
Pase Lo Que Pase CD & DVD Set
Origin / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38
(original import)

Originally released: 2009
Category: DVD; SALSA COLOMBIA; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: Solid, straight-ahead, danceclub salsa from Bogotá, Colombia. Led by trumpeter and arranger Jose Aguirre whose focus is clearly on the dancers. There are some real gems here, like the heavily swinging "Que Sera Lo Que Se Unta" penned by Delasker Quintero and the simmering Johnny Rodriguez track "Testicos Mudos." Terrific work by singer Diego Galindo. This is totally reliable dance material that would be a fine addition to any DJ's arsenal. Comes complete with a full audio cd as well as a live club performance on dvd. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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PEDRITO CALVO
50 Años: Pedrito Calvo Y La Nueva Justicia - CD & DVD Set
Egrem / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; SALSA CUBANA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Egrem, one of the state owned Cuban recording companies, has decided that Pedrito Calvo, best known as one of the more impressive singers for Van Van, deserves a big project. And here it is, a cd that comes accompanied by a dvd of mostly live performances. And Calvo, one of the great Cuban singers of the 20th century is in good form. He goes back to some Van Van, including the hit "El Negro No Tiene Na" and "Marilu," and the Pupy Pedroso tune "Sera Que Se Acabo," backed by a band led by the bassist Arnaldo Jimenez, whose participation almost guarantees a great session. And at its best the band lumbers into some deep swing, sounding like a huge orchestra, with violins and flutes and trombones creating a thick matrix of sound over Jimenez’s bass lines. They, with a bit less success, try to ... continues (Peter Watrous)

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CAMERATA ROMEU
Cuba Mia: Portrait Of An All-Woman Orchestra - DVD
Arkadia / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; DOCUMENTARY; CUBA
EditorsPick: The Camerata Romeu orchestra is considered one of the finest and most intriguing modern ensembles in Cuba. The band is an all-female string ensemble (and a percussionist) led by Zenaida Romeu — whose great-uncle was the respected orchestra leader Antonio Maria Romeu. Interestingly, the members of the group perform their repertoire — a unique blend of classical, Cuban roots and original compositions — by heart. No written material is used during their live performances. By knowing the material so well, they are able to communicate on a deeper level musically and emotionally. This film, directed by Ceclia Domeyko, is an enlightening and highly enjoyable look at the dynamics and development of the ensemble. A tangential benefit is the fascinating look at life and culture in Cuba, and the mann ... continues (BP)

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CANDIDO CAMERO
Hands Of Fire - A DVD Documentary By Ivan Acosta
MVD / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2006
Category: DVD; LATIN JAZZ
EditorsPick: Ivan Acosta's documentary focuses on Candido's contribution to the world of Cuban music, American Jazz and Latin Jazz. Through conversations, performances and testimonies, "Candido: Hands of Fire", grabs the audiences' attention all the way till the end. Candido Camero is a musical giant hailed as one of the greatest Cuban percussionists to come to the United States. He has played with more than two hundred great musicians, including: Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Bobby Capó, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Chico O'Farrill, Ray Charles, Mongo Santamaria, John Coltrane, Randy Weston, Billy Taylor, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Frank Sinatra, Graciela, Celia Cruz, La Lupe, Bobby Sanabria, Machito and Lecuona, amongst the world's most popular musicians. [fro ... continues (BP)

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CARHABANA
Carhabana - CD & DVD Set
Egrem / Original Price: $27.98 / Now Only: $22.38
(original import)

Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; LATIN JAZZ; CUBA
EditorsPick: Ah, another noble idea in the burgeoning field of Cuban/gypsy hybrids. This one takes the manouche style of gypsy music, best known via Django Reinhardt, and blends it into the maelstrom of Cuban modern jazz. Practically, it works out that Mathias Levy, the violinist from the French group solos over the Cuban rhythm section. The French musicians contributed a bunch of the material, and the Cuban group interprets it; Vannia Borges and Tania Pantoja, former (Borges) and current (Pantoja) singers of Bamboleo, each sing one song. The group recorded a cd, and along with that cd is a DVD documentary and concert of a show that the ensemble played last year in Geneva, Switzerland. Musicianship at the highest level. Highly Recommended ... continues (Peter Watrous)

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MAGGIE CARLES
Broadway Latino DVD
Universal / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2003
Category: DVD; POP LATIN

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LUISITO CARRION
Pa' La Calle CD & DVD Set
Sony Music / Codicos / Tropisounds / Original Price: $16.98 / Now Only: $13.58

Originally released: 2009
Category: DVD; SALSA COLOMBIA; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: The CD and DVD set combines Carrion's recent releases De La Calle and "Clásicos En Vivo" (no longer available as a separate DVD). Here's Pablo Yglesias' review of the CD... While “de la calle” may mean different things depending on who you ask, it generally means ‘from the street’ – i.e. hardcore, hip, and not too fancy. Vocalist Luisito Carrión, with help from the likes of the respected timbalero Diego Galé and his crew of Colombian salseros, has cooked up just that; a nice little burner of an album with crisp arrangements and lots of playful, up tempo numbers. There is nothing ambitious or left field, not too much variation from song to song, and the brass is not going to win any awards for innovation, but it is nice to have a solid salsa album these days t ... continues (Pablo Yglesias)

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SANTIAGO CERON
Santiago Ceron Y Su Orquesta En Vivo DVD
DM Productions / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: Live from the Melody Lounge in New York. Also has interviews with Mr. Ceron and guest singer Héctor Casanova. This DVD has a low-budget, home-made feel. ... continues (BP)

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CHAGUITO Y SUS TIMBEROS
Rumbambeo: Cajón-Batá-Rumba DVD
Boogalu Productions / Original Price: $32.00 / Now Only: $25.60

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; FOLKLORIC; CUBA
EditorsPick: Chaguito y Sus Timberos, led by Santiago "Chaguito" Garzón Rill -- the former musical director of Los Rumberos de Cuba and Clave y Guaguancó, is a tour-de force of authentic Afro-Cuban percussion and singing. The core of this DVD is its focus on Cuba's folkloric and spiritual traditions which includes Cajón de Muertos (Plegaria, Makuta and Palo), Wemilere, Orisha material, and Rumba (Yambú, Guarapachanguí, Guaguancó Colúmbia and batá-rumba). Filmed in Old Havana, this DVD is a must-have for students and collectors of Afro-Cuban percussion and folkloric material. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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ENRIQUE CHIA
Sentimental Piano - DVD
Begui Records / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; PERFORMANCE

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WILLY CHIRINO
35 Aniversario En Vivo - CD & DVD Set
Latinum Music / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2006
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: A two disc — one CD, one DVD — begins with Chirino singing a song "Yo Soy Un Tipo Tipico" that has him drifting though salsa, quoting everything from the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix to Cuban son. The recordings are taken from a concert that celebrated his 35th anniversary in music. He convened a huge band, put on a concert and recorded it. Here it is. He’s a seriously good singer,and writes plenty of good songs; the band’s professional and at times explosive. The DVD illustrates what a big production it was: Celia Cruz shows up in the form of a video to sing with Chirino, and Arturo Sandoval shows up in person, as does Andy Montañez. There’s plenty of Cuba bashing that goes on, too, for those of you who care, but what’s impressive is the level of the music, which is superior. [with guests: Is ... continues (Peter Watrous)

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WILLY CHIRINO
Cubanísimo - CD & DVD Set
Latinum Music / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: Special CD and DVD package set. Mr. Chirino's new highly polished compilation is as much party as it is political — an articulate well of mixed and hard to reconcile emotions about a land and people he obviously loves. In the end, Cubanisimo is a testament to the Cuban spirit and its deep, rich music. Some of this stuff is smokin' listen to "Cuba Que Lindos Son Tus Paisajes" with guest Celia Cruz. Other guests include Nestor Torres and Albita. Comes with an audio CD as well as a 6 track 34 minute DVD. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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WILLY CHIRINO
En Vivo 35 Aniversario DVD
Sony Norte Eventus / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: ***Best of 2008 Editors Pick Award*** Originally released as a CD/DVD set, this title is now available here as DVD only. Here's the original review... ...(the) DVD — begins with Chirino singing a song "Yo Soy Un Tipo Tipico" that has him drifting though salsa, quoting everything from the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix to Cuban son. The recordings are taken from a concert that celebrated his 35th anniversary in music. He convened a huge band, put on a concert and recorded it. Here it is. He’s a seriously good singer,and writes plenty of good songs; the band’s professional and at times explosive. The DVD illustrates what a big production it was: Celia Cruz shows up in the form of a video to sing with Chirino, and Arturo Sandoval shows up in person, as does Andy Montañez. There’s plenty of Cuba bas ... continues (Peter Watrous)

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OMAR CHOCOLATE
Los Negros De La Habana DVD & CD Set
Sabor Cubano/Salsa-Tanzkurs / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58
(original import)

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: Just in, DVD and CD package from Cuban singer Omar Chocolate. With "Cachita," "Cha Cha Chay El Bodeguero," "Juana Lengua," "Bailalo Como Quiera" and more. ... continues (BP)

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CONJUNTO CLASICO
Ray Castro's Conjunto Clasico En Vivo NYC DVD
Primo Discos / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: Here's vintage Clasico, from the '80s in New York, that features singers Johnny Rivera, Ramon Rodriguez and Ramon Castro. The band plays their well known hits like "Vamonos De Rumba," "Señora Ley," "Los Rodriguez," "Amanecer En La Romano" and others. Recommended, especially for the collectors. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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WILLIE COLÓN
Asalto Navideño ¡En Vivo! Puerto Rico 1993: Edicion Deluxe 2 Disc DVD & CD Set
Lone Wolf / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; PUERTO RICO
EditorsPick: ***Best of 2008 Editors Pick Award*** Willie Colón’s “Asalto Navideño” franchise is a well-known, beloved institution, and in 1993, Colón went all out to put on a great live show in Puerto Rico’s Coliseo Roberto Clemente featuring the best of his Christmas output from the 70s and 80s. Colón is backed by an ace big band, many excellent guests, and a visual spectacle complete with dancers dramatizing the Navidad party scenes and Barrio vignettes depicted in the songs (I bet those dancers in ski hats, overcoats, and scarves sure worked up a sweat – best was the “lechon asado” roasting over the “fire” of dry ice on stage). The ubiquitous maestro and musical director Isidro Infante is on keyboards, Rubén Rodríguez holds down the bass, and Johnny Almendra goes wild on timbales. Colon did not ski ... continues (Pablo Yglesias)

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WILLIE COLÓN
Karaoke Para Cantar Como Willie Colón - DVD
Fuentes / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98
(original import)

Category: SPECIAL INTEREST; PISTAS / KARAOKE

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LUIS CONTE
The Studio Percussionist, Volume 1 - DVD
Latin Percussion / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98

Originally released: 2003
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: Luis Conte's studio percussion DVD is now available on DVD. ... continues (BP)

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ORLANDO CONTRERAS
Añoranzas Musicales - Canta Orlando Contreras
Romerin Records / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98

Originally released: 2006
Category: DVD; PERFORMANCE
EditorsPick: Compilation of performances by Orlando Contreras, as well as some invited guests like Rolando LaSerie, Daniel Santos, Nelson Pinedo, and Celio Gonzalez. ... continues (BP)

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CHICK COREA
Keyboard Workshop - DVD
Alfred / Original Price: $39.95 / Now Only: $31.96

Originally released: 2002
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; PIANO/KEYBOARDS
EditorsPick: Now on DVD! ... continues (BP)

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JOAQUÍN CORTÉS
Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Sony Discos / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2003
Category: DVD; PERFORMANCE; SPAIN

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JOSÉ LUIS CORTÉS
Tosco: El Rey De La Timba - The Life Of José Luis Cortés And NG La Banda DVD
Mundo Libre / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; SALSA CUBANA; CUBA
EditorsPick: A documentary, by Asori Soto and Ernesto Oroza, about one of the most iconic figures on contemporary Cuban music. With commentary by Carlos Varela, Jorge Perugurria, Kelvis Ochia, Maraca, Juan Formel, Richard Egües, Isaac Delgado, Geraldo Piloto, Alain Perez, Pedro Calvo, Mayito, Adalberto Alvarez, and many others. Also with live performance foteage, both contemporary and vintage NG. Highly Recommended. "...If you are talking about the big ones, Arsenio Rodriguez, Juan Formell, Benny Moré, and all of the bog hots of Cuban music - you have to say José Luis Cortés is there with all of them..." — Jesus "Chucho Valdés "..he has a very special touch for his orchestrations and compositions..." — Juan Formell "...for me is a rock and roll star, definitely, within the star system we have in C ... continues (BP)

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ELVIS CRESPO
Elvis Crespo Greatest Hits - DVD
Sony Discos / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2003
Category: DVD; POP LATIN

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ELVIS CRESPO
Live From Las Vegas - DVD
Unversal/Machete / Original Price: $15.98 / Now Only: $12.78

Originally released: 2009
Category: DVD; MERENGUE
EditorsPick: Live performance recorded in July, 2008. This DVD features guests Zona D' Tambora, Grupo Mania and a crew of pleneros including Rafael Falú, Carlos Pizarro and Rolando Claudio. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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CELIA CRUZ
An Extraordinary Woman...Azucar! - DVD Documentary
Universal/Pimienta / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2003
Category: DVD; DOCUMENTARY
EditorsPick: This wonderful documentary details the life of superstar Celia Cruz. Begins with a history of música Cubana, and takes us through Celia’s early years -- with some amazing early photographs -- and then with rare performance footage with La Sonora Matancera. Later, there is explosive salsa footage of her performing with the the Fania All Stars and Johnny Pacheco. With many interviews including family members, Johnny Pacheco, Ralph Mercado, India, Sergio George, and the Queen herself. Superb quality. In Spanish. The box indicates an English option, but I could not get that to work. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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CELIA CRUZ
Celia Cruz & Fania All Stars Live In Zaire '74 DVD
Gravity / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 1974
Reissued: 1989
Category: DVD; PERFORMANCE
EditorsPick: In 1974, the Godmother of Salsa, Celia Cruz was invited to perform in front of 80, 000 fans in Kinshasa, Zaire. The three day festival and one of the greatest fights of the century between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali were a celebration of sports and music. Celia Cruz appears with the Fania All Stars led by Johnny Pacheco. Also featured is the incredible rhythm section of Ray Baretto. This inspired concert was shot by Academy Award winner Leon Gast. Formerly on video as "Fania All Stars Live In Africa," this was filmed and recorded in Zaire. The greatest challenge (according to the original pre-DVD video box notes) for the Fania All Stars was their African tour since the music's roots are African rhythms that were cultivated in the Caribbean islands and further developed in New York. T ... continues (BP)

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CELIA CRUZ
Celia The Queen - The Documentary Film
Eventus / Original Price: $15.98 / Now Only: $12.78

Originally released: 2009
Category: DVD; DOCUMENTARY
EditorsPick: Celia: The Queen is a documentary about the life and legacy of a stellar performer who brought the sound of salsa to the whole world.  She erupted onto the Cuban music scene as the front woman of  ‘La Sonora Matancera’, and soon became Cuba’s most adored singer.  Her trademarks cry ‘Azúcar’ became known across Latin America.  And when she fled Castro's Cuba in 1960 and eventually arrived in the United States, she started a second even more successful career fueled by her partnerships with salsa greats Tito Puente, Willie Colon, and Johnny Pacheco.  Ironically, while she became known as the voice of Cuba around the world, her once beloved music was banned in her home country.  Up until the time Celia died in 2003, she was still performing. Directors Joe Cardona and Mario de Varona use orig ... continues (DR)

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CELIA CRUZ
La Más Grande Historia Jamas Cantada: CD & Bonus DVD
Lideres/Universal / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18

Originally released: 2003
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: Excellent compilation of Celia Cruz’s spicy salsa. Include bonus DVD disc with two live performances: “Bombele” with the Fania All Stars, live in Puerto Rico, 1994, and “Bembe Colora,” a simply amazing 1975 performance, also with the Fania All Stars (Johnny Pacheco, Ismael Miranda, Willie Colón, Ray Barretto etc.), from New York’s Yankee Stadium. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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CELIA CRUZ
La Negra Tiene Tumbao: Special Edition With Bonus Track & DVD Single...
Sony / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38

Originally released: 2002
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: This special edition of her popular CD features a very good remix version of the cover track with the help of DJ Fluid. Additionally, you can pop this one in your DVD player for the "La Negra Tiene Tumbao" video, Celia - Up Close, Photo Galley, Biography and Karaoke video of the cover track. DVD bonus time: 24 minutes. ... continues (BP)

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CELIA CRUZ
Resumen Musical - CD & Bonus DVD
Sony Discos / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18

Originally released: 2004
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON

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TOMÁS CRUZ
The Tomás Cruz Conga Method, Volume 1• Beginning Conga Technique As Taught In Cuba - Book & DVD Package
Mel Bay / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2004
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; TIMBA
EditorsPick: Of the best conga instructional packages we have come across, and the only one to address the modern timba style (that's in Vol. III). Book and DVD package! Highly recommended. ... continues (BP)

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TOMÁS CRUZ
The Tomás Cruz Conga Method, Volume III• Advanced - Timba: Modern Cuban Conga Rhythms - Book & DVD Package
Mel Bay / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2004
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; TIMBA
EditorsPick: Of the best conga instructional packages we have come across, and the only one to address the modern timba style. Book and DVD package! Highly recommended. ... continues (BP)

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The Tomás Cruz Conga Method, Volume II• Intermediate - Essential Cuban Conga Rhythms - Book & DVD Package
Mel Bay / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2004
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; TIMBA
EditorsPick: Of the best conga instructional packages we have come across, and the only one to address the modern timba style (that's in Vol. III). Book and DVD package! Highly recommended. ... continues (BP)

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ALEX D' GAMBO
Simplemente Alex D'Gambo ¡Tu Salsa! CD & Bonus DVD
Power Musical / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38

Originally released: 2007
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: The Colombian singer, based in New York, is backed here by one fine band, including Lucho Cueto on piano, Roberto Quintero, Jose Mangual Jr. and Carlito Soto on percussion, plus Tito Allen on coro and plenty more. He sings in a high tenor voice, and he lays his melodies with some serious intent, and as pretty as he sings, he's ultimately a percussionist when he improvises. He’s also kind of eccentric, with strange diction; he reminds me a bit of Angel Canales. Anyway, a good addition to the library of salsa dura from New York. Highly Recommended. ... continues (Peter Watrous)

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OSCAR D’LEON Y SU ORQUESTA
Karaoke Para Cantar Como Oscar D' León - DVD
Fuentes / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98
(original import)

Category: SPECIAL INTEREST; PISTAS / KARAOKE

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PAQUITO D’RIVERA
Improvise - ONE: WDR Big Band & WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln Germany
Connector / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58
(original import)

Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; LATIN JAZZ
EditorsPick: Improvise-ONE was recorded in 2003 and showcases Paquito D’Rivera as virtuosic performer and multi-talented composer, as he joins forces with the WDR Big Band, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln and Dutch diva Fay Claassen under the baton of Michael Abene. The DVD’s opening original, simply titled “Chick,” reflects D’Rivera’s admiration for colleague and fellow Boosey & Hawkes composer, Chick Corea, whom he views as “one of the best North American composers of all time.” “Como Un Bolero” is also featured, a track that was on D’Rivera’s Funk Tango, the first release of his new label, which garnered him this year his 9th GRAMMY Award—"Best Latin Jazz Album." (69:33) Includes bonus performance (Additional 64 minutes) "Latin Rhythms with Paqui ... continues (BP)

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PAQUITO D’RIVERA
Quartier Latin: Paquito D'Rivera & Chano Dominguez Live In Madrid - DVD
Opus Arte / Original Price: $32.98 / Now Only: $26.38
(original import)

Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; LATIN JAZZ
EditorsPick: Recorded live at the Teatro Real de Madrid in April of 2006, the beautifully produced performance features masterful interpretations of "I Remember Dizzy," "Rumba Pa' Jerry," "Vámonos Pa' Cai," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and much more. With Chano Dominguez on piano, Paquito D'Rivera on sax and clarinet, Marc Miralta on drums, bassist Mario Rossy, percussionists Israel Suárez "Piraña" and Miguel Anga Diaz (1961-2006) in what is most probably his last filmed appearance. The DVD has a nice feature that allows you to listen to the music without the introductions and talks between the songs. All formats, all regions. 95 minutes. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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DADDY YANKEE
Barrio Fino En Directo: CD & DVD Set
El Cartel/Universal / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18

Originally released: 2005
Category: POP/OTHER; REGGAETON
EditorsPick: Recommended. ... continues (Peter Watrous)

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MIGUEL ANGA DIAZ
Anga Mania! DVD
MIM / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: Finally available in DVD format! Featuring Grammy-award winning Cuban percussionist Miguel “Anga” Diaz of the Afro-Cuban All-Stars, Cachito Lopez, Orishas, Irakere, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ruben Gonzales, Roy Hargrove, Steve Coleman, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci... Now you can learn his techniques from this unique dvd-masterclass! Miguel "Anga" Diaz (1961-2006) will be remembered as one of the greatest congueros of all time. Known for his remarkable soloing and groundbreaking multiple conga/percussion inventions, Cuban-born Diaz, represents the link between the past, present, and the future of conga playing. Highly Recommended. NTSC Format, Region 0 In Spanish with English subtitles PDF transcriptions by Victor Rendon 52 Minutes, Digitally mastered ... continues (DR)

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DON DINERO
Su Vida Y La Calle - DVD
Universal / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Category: DVD; HIP HOP

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DON DINERO
The Best Of Don Dinero: Remixes CD & Bonus DVD
Universal/Lideres / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38

Originally released: 2004
Category: DVD; REGGAETON

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HILARIO DURAN
From The Heart - DVD
Alma Records / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38
(original import)

Originally released: 2008
Category: LATIN JAZZ; LATIN JAZZ
EditorsPick: The highly talented Cuban pianist takes on the big band in this live session, helped by the talents of Paquito D’Rivera on saxophone and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez. It’s often extraordinary music; Duran takes his group and runs it through and with the large brass orchestrations. At times the arrangements recall Gil Evans — check out From the Heart — and at times more traditional Cuban arranging. Boy is this stuff rehearsed; there’s some tough music here to play, and the band and orchestra pull it all off. El Negro’s magnificent on the date, driving when he has to be and wildly precise at others. Duran’s solos and montunos are perfectly in order; this stuff’s heavy, heavy music, both in its imaginative range and in its execution. Highly Recommended. ... continues (Peter Watrous)

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HILARIO DURAN
From The Heart - Enhanced CD Plus Bonus DVD
Alma Records / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2008
Category: LATIN JAZZ; LATIN JAZZ
EditorsPick: The highly talented Cuban pianist takes on the big band over the length of two CDs, helped by the talents of Paquito D’Rivera on saxophone and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez. It’s often extraordinary music; Duran takes his group and runs it through and with the large brass orchestrations. At times the arrangements recall Gil Evans — check out From the Heart — and at times more traditional Cuban arranging. Boy is this stuff rehearsed; there’s some tough music here to play, and the band and orchestra pull it all off. El Negro’s magnificent on the date, driving when he has to be and wildly precise at others. Duran’s solos and montunos are perfectly in order; this stuff’s heavy, heavy music, both in its imaginative range and in its execution. Highly Recommended, and we have to give it up to whoe ... continues (Peter Watrous)

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BRAD DUTZ
Have Fun Playing Bongos - DVD
Warner Brothers / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION

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BRAD DUTZ
Have Fun Playing Congas - DVD
Warner Brothers / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2003
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION

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BRAD DUTZ
Have Fun Playing Djembe - DVD
Warner Brothers / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2003
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION

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