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Joe Gaines
"Born in Brooklyn, Joe attended New York University before briefly pursuing a career in the fashion industry. His love of music developed into a desire to become a disc jockey in the area of Latin music. After completing his studies at the New York School of Announcing and Speech, Joe went on to intern with some of the greatest disc jockeys in salsa music, including Dick "Ricardo" Sugar and the incomparable "Symphony Sid" Torin. In 1971, Joe launched one of the most successful Latin radio shows ever, "The Joe Gaines Express Show." After many years in radio, Joe went on to other career pursuits, but his love of music brought him back to the radio waves in 1993 with the rebirth of his radio show on WCNJ-FM 89.3 and 91.9 in New Jersey. "I grew up in Brooklyn with my parents and my two brothers," Joe recalls. "I'll always remember the fun we had listening to music in our home. Our tastes ranged from the big band sounds of the 40s to the oldies but goodies of the 50s and 60s, but my greatest appreciation and love was for salsa music. My father, who was a great lover of music, encouraged me to develop my talents and helped me to appreciate the meaning and expression that salsa music conveyed. I remember that as a young man out of high school, I wanted nothing more than to listen to, dance to and live for salsa music.""

Here are some reviews by Joe Gaines

Cal Tjader, Soul Sauce
CD (Verve/Poly. 521 668),Re-Issued 1994;
"Regarded by many as one of the premier masters of the vibes, he blends his classic style of Latin jazz. This album is full of out and out Latin groove which blows your mind. Tjader and company are efficient and talented on their respective instruments."
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
ORDER TL-13660.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Cano Estremera, Cambio De Sentido
CD (Combo 2105),Released 1994;
"A singer who exhibits a unique style of vocal interpretation with a voice full of energy and power."
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-13452.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Celia Cruz, Irrepetible / Unrepeatable
CD (Universal/RMM 529729),Released 1994;
"Featuring the Queen of Latin Music as good as ever. This up-tempo collection will keep you dancing all night long."
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa
ORDER TL-13590.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Mongo Santamaria, ¡Sabroso! (Compact Disc)
CD (OJC 5281),
"Mongo Santamaria, the great Latin jazz artist, displays his exceptional percussion talents in a varied blend of charanga, pachanga, descarga, and mambo. A favorite cut of my late father's was 'Para Tí'."
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
ORDER TL-10154.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Puerto Rican Power, El De Mas Poder...
CD (Musical Productions 6144),Released 1994;
"This is a young up-and-coming great sound from Puerto Rico, full of a lot of excitement."
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa
ORDER TL-13735.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Tito Puente, Dance Mania Vol. 1
CD (BMG/Tropical Series 2467),Released 1957;Re-Issued 1991;
"A CD you'll want to dance to and listen to over and over again."
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz
ORDER TL-11630.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Tito Rodriguez, Live At Birdland
CD (WS Latino 4096),Released 1961;Re-Issued 2000;
"This legendary master fuses a blend of Latin with jazz. Recorded in 1961 at the Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, it features Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Bobbi Brookmeyer, Al Cohen and Bernie Leighton. Tito and company perform some of the greatest classic jazz numbers. A must for jazz and Latin music lovers."
Category: Dance Traditions => Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Pachanga
ORDER TL-10456.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Tito Rojas Y Su Orquesta, Por Derecho Propio
CD (Musical Productions 6162),Released 1995;
"With a blend of different rhythms, the giant from Puerto Rico thrills his fans once again with this exciting mix of percussion, brass, and piano which blends a varied array of dance styles. "
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-14211.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

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