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Larry Harlow
"Larry Harlow began to study music at the age of five, following in the footsteps of his musician father. He had a multifaceted musical training with special emphasis in the areas of jazz and classical piano, conducting, composition, orchestration, and audio engineering. In addition to the keyboards, he plays the oboe, English horn, flute, bass, vibraphone and assorted percussion instruments. In the late 1950s he became so fascinated by Latin rhythms that he traveled to Cuba to live and to study the real Afro-Cuban sound that would later become known as "salsa." Returning to New York City to develop his own style, he became a founding member of the internationally known salsa band, the Fania All-Stars. He recorded 15 albums with the All-Stars, 30 solo albums and has also produced over 160 recordings for other artists. Harlow has earned six gold records and received numerous awards recognizing his great contribution to the field of Latin music. He himself has been a force in gaining recognition for the field by instituting the first Grammy for Latin music. In 1994 he formed the appropriately named Latin Legends band with such master musicians as Ray Barretto, Yomo Toro and Adalberto Santiago among others."

Here are some reviews by Larry Harlow

Chappottin, Sabor Tropical
CD (Antilla 107),Re-Issued 1993;
"This band influenced me very much and I wore out this recording many times. All these songs were re-recorded by contemporary artists. Great vocals by Cuni."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-12803.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

El Gran Combo, 30 Anniversario: Bailando Con El Mundo
CD (Combo 2091),Released 1992;
"This is a happy band, a dance band, and a show band that came out of the Cortijo Band, and they are still swinging. This LP has some of their best recordings."
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-11961.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Ismael Rivera, Ismael Rivera: El Sonero Mayor
CD (Seeco 9320),
"Rafael Cortijo and his combo, my favorite band from Puerto Rico, at the height of their musical career. Ismael Rivera at his best with some great songs and the original muscians: Rafael Ithier, Roberto Roena, etc., etc."
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa
ORDER TL-11577.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Roberto Espi, Sabrosona - Roberto Faz / Roberto Espi
CD (Antilla 1996),
"One of the first pure soneros I ever heard. His band was also very typical son montuno...right up my alley."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-11172.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Tito Puente, Dance Mania Vol. 1
CD (BMG/Tropical Series 2467),Released 1957;Re-Issued 1991;
"This album is probably the greatest dance album ever made. Some great arrangements, pure Latin swing with T.P. In his prime, and Santos Colon's vocals. "
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz
ORDER TL-11630.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Tito Rodriguez, Back Home In Puerto Rico
CD (WS Latino 4177),Re-Issued 1989;
"The classic big dance band with perhaps one of the best vocalists of all time. Great songs and a fabulous band with Eddie Palmieri, Larry Spencer and Morty Lazar at their best."
Category: Dance Traditions => Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Pachanga
ORDER TL-10440.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

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