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Rachel Faro and Sammy Figueroa
"Faro Figueroa is a production team specializing in state-of-the-art recordings of contemporary Cuban music. Sammy is a well known New York percussionist who has played with everyone from Miles Davis to Mariah Carey. In recent years he has returned to his roots, working with Michel Camilo, Dave Valentin, Ruben Blades, Paquito D'Rivera, and as a member of Seis del Solar. Rachel, originally a singer/songwriter, has recorded several albums as an artist. She has also produced or co-produced albums by artists such as Lazaro Ros, Eddie Palmieri, Vocal Sampling and Bobby Sanabria & Ascension. She has recently founded a new record label, Ashé, specializing in both Cuban and Puerto Rican music. Sammy is attracted to the records that have inspired him throughout his life -- the great jazz players who integrated Latin into their music, the groups with the great arrangers, the master drummers of Cuba, Puerto Rico and New York. Rachel is drawn to the voices: the great soneros and salseras, nueva trova, Afro-Cuban folkloric. They say, "What we have in common is a 'musician's ear' and a love of all great music. Beauty, atmosphere, fun...high standards for instrumentalists and arrangements, good recording quality...these are the things we both look for in music.""

Here are some reviews by Rachel Faro and Sammy Figueroa

Cannonball Adderley, Cannonball's Bossa Nova
CD (Capitol 22667),Released 1962;Re-Issued 1999;
"The bossa rio sextet, this experimental combination yielded some of Adderley's greatest and most lyrical solos. 'Clouds' has one of the great classic alto solos of all time."
Category: World Latin => Brazilian Jazz=> Brazil
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Joe Cuba, Steppin' Out
CD (Seeco 9248),Re-Issued 1994;
"Sammy says: When I was young I thought Cheo Feliciano was the greatest singer and Joe Cuba's band was the swingingest band in the world."
Category: Latin Soul/Boogaloo => Latin Soul, Boogaloo
ORDER TL-11646.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Michel Camilo, Why Not?
CD (Evidence 22002),Released 1992;
"This was one of his first records and he put a lot of heart and soul into it. A joy to hear."
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
ORDER TL-11472.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Mongo Santamaria, Mongo Introduces La Lupe
CD (Milestone 9210),Released 1963;Re-Issued 1993;
"Another monster record. He brought La Lupe to the light -- the combination was total fire and excitement. She was very flamboyant and mysterious."
Category: Latin Jazz => Afro-Cuban Jazz=> Cuba
ORDER TL-12601.11 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Mongo Santamaria, Afro Roots
CD (Prestige 24018),Released 1958;
"This CD is a re-issue of two great LPs combined (Mongo and Yambú). This is Mongo fresh from Cuba with some of the greatest percussionists that ever lived. For those days the recording sounds great. A treasure."
Category: Folkloric => Afro-Caribbean Folklore/Jazz=> Cuba
ORDER TL-1346.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Síntesis, El Hombre Extraño ***
CD (Colibri 134 (OS6)),Released 1992;Re-Issued 2008;
Beautiful tunes by Silvio Rodriguez and other great Cuban composers by this great jazz-rock group.
Category: Folkloric => Folkloric: Various=> Cuba
ORDER TL-12183.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Tito Puente, Top Percussion
CD (BMG/Tropical Series 3264),Released 1957;Re-Issued 1993;
"Considered to be highly experimental at the time, this all-percussion album set the trend for live solo percussion playing. Tito is joined by an all-star group of master musicians from Cuba and Puerto Rico. It really shows Tito's stuff."
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz
ORDER TL-11582.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Vicentico Valdes, Algo De Ti
CD (Seeco 9195),Re-Issued 2003;
"One of Vicentico's great albums. This magnificent bolero singer was called 'the elastic voice of Cuba'. 'La Montagne' as sung by Vicentico is one of the greatest songs of any style."
Category: Bolero => Bolero / Balada
ORDER TL-11730.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

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