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Phil Riggio
"Phil Riggio, a retired investment banker and real estate broker, ad man, professional grad school student, and self-styled "Latin music nut," possesses a truly amazing and encyclopedic knowledge of Latin music, past and present. Phil was turned onto Latin music after receiving a ten inch "mambo" collection LP as a Christmas gift for successfully completing his first semester of studying Spanish at Choate back in the fall of 1952. According to Phil, the collection contained terrific big band tracks by Juan Bruno Tarraza, Ray Montoya, Ramón Marquez and Alberto Iznaga. Phil and his family became instant "mamboniks," buying every record they could get and Phil hasn't looked back since. Phil wishes to extend the following to all friends of Descarga-- ¡Seguid Vacilando! -- and, as Johnny Pacheco said at the Red Garter or the Cheetah, "There's nothing like Latin music...it's the greatest!""

Phil_Riggio@descarga.com

Here are some reviews by Phil Riggio

Orquesta Almendra De Abelardito Valdes, Mi Escorpion
CD (Tumbao 065),Re-Issued 1995;
"If you want to go deeper into the world of Orquesta Almendra this collection will take you there." (Phil Riggio, 98/99 Catalog)
Category: Dance Traditions => Cha Cha Cha, Charanga, Danzon=> Cuba
ORDER TL-14753.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Orquesta Broadway, Como Camina Maria
CD (Disco Hit 2082),Released 1962;Re-Issued 2004;
This was Orquesta Broadway's debut album, originally on Gema, and a huge hit despite being geared to piggyback on the failed promotion of Perez Prado's best-left-forgotten "dengue" rhythm (as I recall, radio airplayed to death "Natalia", a "kiddie dengue" on this album). The title tune, "Como Camina Maria," never done quite so well subsequently by those Roberto Torres all-star groups, and other authentic material took it and Orquesta Broadway over the top: that's what Orquesta Broadway played on its Palladium debut to the cheers of the public (including me) and the absolute admiration of Puente's sidemen, who joined the rest of us around the bandstand.
With a young Roberto Torrres on vocals.
[For the collector...Recommended. - BP].

Category: Dance Traditions => Charanga
ORDER TL-21011.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Tito Puente, The Complete 78s Volume 2 (2-CD Set)
CD (Fania Codigo 507103),Released 2008;Re-Issued 2010;
***Best of 2008 Editors Pick Award***
To all of you smart folks who already have Volume 1, here is the highly anticipated second batch of Puente's classic Tico mambos and cha cha chás. A collector's must-have. (BP) Below, read what Mr. Phil Riggio has to say...

Here it is, you all! To those of you who've never heard some of these classics (particularly the studio "MAMBO CITY" -first time on CD! — which, along with Machito's Columbia "Mambo a la Savoy" and Argueso's SMC "Mambo habanero" — are to this superannuant the epitome of the Mambo Age 50's in NYC, catching the atmosphere of the city, the Palladium and, let's not forget, the Catskills), and to the rest of us, this is a SUPERDUPERMUSTHAVE or IMPRESCIBINDILISIMO!
When producer, mambologist extraordinary & TP intimate Joe Conzo tipped me this Vol. 2 was coming out 9/23, I dared whisper the titles of some of my hyperpredilects ... and here they are, an awful lot of which, like the impossibly good MAMBO CITY, have inexplicably not been before on CD (this side of the Caucasus, anyway)! Beg, borrow, steal, stiff the rent (again) or mug your out-of-work stockbroker to get this one.
Very Highly Recommended.
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz
ORDER TL-23275.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Abelardo Barroso Y La Orquesta Sensacion, Barroso Y La Sensacion
CD (Antilla AP-579),
"Oh Knock Me Out! Seminal '50s charanga with surprising big hits in combo with the pioneer sonero. Originally on the Puchito label."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-11160.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Alberto Beltran, El Unico
CD (Seeco 9335),
"Top '50s Dominican rhythm singer. These are his big hits with Sonora Matancera. Look for him under Sonora Matancera as well."
Category: Merengue/Bachata => Merengue
ORDER TL-3722.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Bebo Valdes, Bebo Rides Again!
CD (Universal/Pimienta 360615),Released 1995;Re-Issued 2004;
"This is his most recent work, put together by Paquito D'Rivera, and it's a masterpiece."
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz=> Cuba
ORDER TL-14203.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Bobby Capó, Espérame En El Cielo
CD (BMG/Tropical Series 64627),Re-Issued 2004;
"Best remastering of 1980s Bobby."
Category: Bolero => Bolero / Balada
ORDER TL-14770.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Bobby Capó, Bobby Capó Canta
CD (Seeco 9064),Re-Issued 1993;
"A must have! Some of Bobby's greatest hits."
Category: Bolero => Bolero / Balada
ORDER TL-11993.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Cal Tjader, Latino Con Cal Tjader
CD (Fantasy 24732),Released 1960;Re-Issued 1994;
"I love them all but my personal favorite is this 2-fer reissue. It has the four Oh-Knock-Me-Out Cal/Eddie Cano big band sides featuring Cal, Eddie, Tony Teiran (trumpet) and Modesto Briceño (reeds.) Repeat Play City! Terrific Mongo and Willie Bobo too!"
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
ORDER TL-13257.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Carlos 'Patato' Valdes, Masterpiece
CD (Universal/Pimienta 360630),Released 1993;Re-Issued 2004;
"Worth its price in spades for the Patato/Vicentico Valdés collaboration on 'Reflexionando.' Repeat Play City!"
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
ORDER TL-12878.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Carlos Argentino, Los Exitos De Carlos Argentino Con La Sonora Matancera
CD (Seeco 9100),
"Top Sonora Matancera related big hits singer. A must have!"
Category: Dance Traditions => Tropical Dance: Various=> Cuba
ORDER TL-6070.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Celina Y Reutilio, Santa Barbara
CD (Antilla 31),
"The paleros guajiros' first and still most important album. Originally recorded on the Puchito label."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-11144.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Cesar Concepcion Y Su Orquesta, Plenas Favoritas Con Joe Valle
CD (Ansonia 1305),
"Sixties stereo remakes of the great plena/mambos!"
Category: Folkloric => Plena/Bomba=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-7772.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Cesta All Stars, Cesta All Stars Vol. 2: Salsa Festival
CD (Musical Productions 6260),
"Oh Knock Me Out! Originally on Coco Records."
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa/Son Descarga
ORDER TL-8366.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Cesta All Stars, Cesta All Stars Vol. 1
CD (Musical Productions 6254),Released 1990;
"This is a super-duper-must-have, originally on Coco Records."
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa/Son Descarga
ORDER TL-2392.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Chappottin, Sabor Tropical
CD (Antilla 107),Re-Issued 1993;
"Oh Knock Me Out! Chappottin's great '50s hits, originally on Puchito."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-12803.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Chico O'Farrill, Cuban Blues: The Chico O'Farrill Sessions
CD (Verve/Poly. 533256),Re-Issued 1996;
"A super-duper-must-have! All his '50s work for Norman Granz is to be found right here."
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz=> Cuba
ORDER TL-15604.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Conjunto Casino, Los Campeones Del Ritmo
CD (Maype 113),
"Terrific must have from Cuba's top '50s conjunto."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-12754.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Conjunto Casino, Conjunto Casino Con Faz, Ribot Y Espi
CD (Modinar/Medierraneo 10046),
"Many of these are in stereo, so get it."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-11754.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Cortijo Y Su Combo, Cortijo Invites You To Dance
CD (Seeco 9106),
"A super-duper-must-have! The original Cortijo album."
Category: Folkloric => Plena/Bomba=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-15950.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Cortijo Y Su Combo, Cortijo Y Su Bonche: Pa' Los Caserios
CD (Disco Hit 1426),Re-Issued 1993;
"Here is Cortijo's 1971 hit album, unfortunately only in mono."
Category: Folkloric => Plena/Bomba=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-12922.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Cortijo Y Su Combo, Quitate De La Via Perico
CD (Rumba 55548),
"The title says it all!"
Category: Folkloric => Plena/Bomba=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-11945.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Cortijo Y Su Combo, Go
CD (Disco Hit 1061),
"Here's La Llave ('Cuando Me Emborracho') you all!"
Category: Folkloric => Plena/Bomba=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-11823.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Cortijo Y Su Combo, La'Serie - Cortijo - Rivera: Danger Do Not Trespass
CD (Rumba 55552),
"Here's Cortijo's 'Moliendo Café' master."
Category: Folkloric => Plena/Bomba=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-11124.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Rolando Laserie, La'Serie - Cortijo - Rivera: Danger Do Not Trespass
CD (Rumba 55552),
"Here's Cortijo's 'Moliendo Café' master."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-11124.11 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Cortijo Y Su Combo, Ismael Y Cortijo: Los Dos Grandes De Siempre - Sus 16 Exitos
CD (AF 8002),
"Top Cortijo hits here!"
Category: Folkloric => Plena/Bomba=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-11050.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Cortijo Y Su Combo, Baile Con Cortijo Y Su Combo
CD (Seeco 9130),
"The most popular Latin band everywhere in the late '50s!"
Category: Folkloric => Plena/Bomba=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-1878.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Dizzy Gillespie, Dizzy Gillespie And His Big Band In Concert — Featuring Chano Pozo
CD (GNP/Crescendo 23),Released 1948;Re-Issued 1993;
"This is the one every Latin fan must own, the great Pasadena concert with Chano Pozo."
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
ORDER TL-12961.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

El Gran Combo, Mejor Que Nunca
CD (Combo 1923),Released 1976;
"If you can't get 'em all, get this one. On it you'll find EGC's masterpiece, the Venezuelan tune 'Cunabiche Adentro.' It's done live in Venezuela and is probably Andy Montañez's last and greatest side with EGC before defecting to La Dimensión Latina. New boy Charlie Aponte also takes real honors as second voice. The band is just terrific going from joropo 6/8 to fast guaracha. In the applause you'll hear famed Venezuelan M.C. Gilberto Correa, obviously moved, exclaiming, 'Viva Venezuela, Viva Puerto Rico.' Repeat-play city, hey!"
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-6710.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Master Sessions, Volume 2
CD (Crescent Moon/Epic 67319),Released 1995;
"A super-duper-must-have!"
Category: Dance Traditions => Descargas/Mambo=> Cuba
ORDER TL-14476.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Latin Jazz Descarga, Part. 1
CD (Tania 0002),Released 1985;Re-Issued 1994;
"Terrific experimental Cachao."
Category: Dance Traditions => Descargas/Mambo=> Cuba
ORDER TL-13544.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Cachao Y Su Ritmo Caliente: From Havana To New York
CD (Caney 501),Re-Issued 1994;
"Tracks 13-20 can be found nowhere else. A real find!"
Category: Dance Traditions => Descargas/Mambo=> Cuba
ORDER TL-13387.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Master Sessions, Volume 1
CD (Crescent Moon/Epic 64320),Released 1994;
"Oh Knock Me Out Grammy sessions."
Category: Dance Traditions => Descargas/Mambo=> Cuba
ORDER TL-13328.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

José Curbelo And His Orchestra, Live At The China Doll In New York 1946
CD (Tumbao 074),Released 1946;Re-Issued 1996;
"My 'most recommended' pick from this top pianist, bandleader, composer and manager is this one, because its final twelve selections are not 'old-timey' but from the great modern big band and small group which recorded for Fiesta Records in the 1950s. The changeover was radical and welcome. Would that the remaining 24 (or more) selections from that Fiesta period were made available! Because of those 'Final 12,' this is a super-duper-must-have!"
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz=> Cuba
ORDER TL-14921.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Los Hispanos, Tito Rodriguez Presenta: Los Hispanos
CD (WS Latino 4108),Released 1964;Re-Issued 1997;
"Absolutely the best vocal/instrumental group in Latin music and they're reissuing their masterpiece Musicor recordings, of which this was the first. Look for the others to come out soon ('Fiesta de las Americas,' 'Amor, Amor,' 'Llamado de Amor'). Shame on you, Bruce, for not carrying 'Fiesta de Las Americas' when it was out on Polygram."
Category: Bolero => Bolero / Balada
ORDER TL-16006.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Michel Camilo, One More Once
CD (Columbia/Sony 66204),Re-Issued 1994;
"'One More Once' is a big band masterpiece. Since Sony under Mr. Mariah Carey saw fit not to keep Michel after this, hurry and get it before the dopes cut it out. Oh Knock Me Out!"
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
ORDER TL-13536.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Moncho Leña Y Sus Ases Del Ritmo - Canta: Mon Rivera, A Night At The Palladium (Compact Disc)
CD (Ansonia 1219),
"Excellent job by Ansonia in FINALLY bringing this masterpiece to CD."
Category: Dance Traditions => Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Pachanga=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-1250.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Mongo Santamaria, ¡Sabroso! (Compact Disc)
CD (OJC 5281),
"The boss and most influential of congueros, certainly the most recorded. Get 'em all if your budget allows but this one is a super-duper-must-have. One of the most important records in Latin music."
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
ORDER TL-10154.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Orquesta Aragón, Danzones De Ayer Y De Hoy
CD (Discuba 532),
"These are super-duper-must-haves from the 1950s Aragon and Egües...and, oh my god, TL-7412 is in stereo! (TL-2390,2468,2998, 7412,4986,6700,11634,11628,12324,9526)"
Category: Dance Traditions => Cha Cha Cha, Charanga, Danzon=> Cuba
ORDER TL-7412.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Orquesta Broadway, Charangas! The Best Of Orquesta Broadway, Vol. 2
CD (WS Latino 4228),Released 1996;
"Very good 1982 recording."
Category: Dance Traditions => Charanga
ORDER TL-15281.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Orquesta Broadway, Charangas! The Best Of Orquesta Broadway
CD (WS Latino 4181),Released 1995;
"The first Gema LPs of Orquesta Broadway are still un-redone,so get its next incarnation, originally on Musicors and now on WS Latino."
Category: Dance Traditions => Charanga
ORDER TL-14171.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Pacho Alonso, ¡Que Me Digan Feo!
CD (Discuba 549),Released 1961;Re-Issued 1997;
"Oh, my god! It's in stereo! One of the most important records in Latin music...heard for the first time in top stereo!"
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-10152.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Pupi Campo And His Orchestra, Rhumbas And Mambos 1948-51
CD (Tumbao 07),Re-Issued 1991;
"Puente and Joe Loco before going on their own. Top New York society club band!"
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz=> Cuba
ORDER TL-10272.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

René Cabel, Exitos De René Cabel
CD (Antilla 589),Re-Issued 1997;
"Top '50s Cuban bolerista."
Category: Bolero => Bolero / Balada=> Cuba
ORDER TL-16066.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Roberto Anglero, Tierra Negra: Si Dios Fuera Negro
CD (Multinational Inc 1396),Released 1997;
"Here are those big '80s hits from P.R."
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa
ORDER TL-15877.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Roy Hargrove, Crisol Habana
CD (Verve/Poly. 537563),Released 1997;
"Oh Knock Me Out! Current Grammy nominee and how!"
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
ORDER TL-15947.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Sar All Stars, Recorded Live In Club Ochentas
CD (SAR/Guajiro 1021),Re-Issued 1991;
"A live masterpiece, featuring Roberto Torres, Henry Fiol, Papaíto, Alberto Valdés and a superstar conjunto led by Chocolate and the Zervignon Brothers. There's no timbalero, though Puente's in the audience (maybe someone swiped his skins?). Grab this one and Repeat Play City! Oh Knock Me Out! Thank you, Sergio, Adriano and Roberto!"
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa
ORDER TL-10582.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Stan Kenton, Cuban Fire
CD (Blue Note 96260),Released 1960;Re-Issued 1991;
"'Cuban Fire' is a must have, though one senses they still haven't discovered the real masters...added stereo sides (from 1960), mostly unknown, are all in the 'Oh Knock Me Out' category."
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz
ORDER TL-10546.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Super Tipica De Estrellas, Charangas! The Best Of Super Tipica De Estrellas
CD (WS Latino 4157),Released 1975;Re-Issued 1995;
"This one is a Don Gonzalo Fernández 1975 Super Charanga with absolutely everybody on it and anchored by Patato. Tough to beat, so grab it! A funny aside is that trombonists Reinaldo Jorge and Leopoldo Pineda are listed in the reeds/woodwinds section, 'bones and all."
Category: Dance Traditions => Charanga
ORDER TL-14173.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

The Caribbean Jazz Project, Island Stories
CD (Heads Up 3039),Re-Issued 1997;
"Terrific combo of top soloists, led by Paquito."
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
ORDER TL-15691.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Willie Colón, Willie Colón Y Tito Puente
CD (Fania / Emusica - Remastered Edition 130 263),Re-Issued 2008;
"Collection from Willie and Puente albums."
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa: Classic 1960s Or 1970s New York
ORDER TL-12314.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Tito Puente, Willie Colón Y Tito Puente
CD (Fania / Emusica - Remastered Edition 130 263),Re-Issued 2008;
"Collection from Willie and Puente albums."
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz
ORDER TL-12314.11 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Trevor Salloum, The Bongo Book
Book and CD Package (Mel Bay MB96005BCD),
"This book is extremely valuable not just for budding bongoceros (or those who grew up doing it wrong) but also for its explanation and charting of the difference between Cubans' view of metre and everyone else's. If you ever wondered why what you thought was 3-2 clave was now 2-3, or vice-versa, here's your answer (you klutz!). Bravo, too, to the author for emphasizing 4/4. All musicians and composers should have this."
Category: Instructional => Afro-Latin Percussion
ORDER TL-16014.60 Book and CD Package Add to My Shopping Cart

Various Artists, Roberto Torres Presenta: Ritmo De Estrellas
CD (SAR/Guajiro 4002),Released 1993;
"Actually a super SAR/guajiro charanga under Roberto Torres. A smokin' mutha' and a must have!"
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira
ORDER TL-12246.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Willie Colón, El Malo
CD (Fania Codigo 509112),Released 1967;Re-Issued 2011;
"Hector's Fania debut. Latin music would never be the same!"
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa: Classic 1960s Or 1970s New York
ORDER TL-3524.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart



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