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Walfredo Reyes Sr.
"Master drummer/percussionist Walfredo Reyes, Sr. was born in Havana, Cuba, into a renowned musical family. His father, also Walfredo, was the lead trumpeter for Casino de la Playa. After moving to New York City in 1941, "Wally" found himself at the epicenter of the burgeoning jazz movement known as be-bop. Influenced by drummers such as Buddy Rich and Max Roach, he and other pioneering Latin percussion and drumset artists began to combine the rhythmic vocabularies of jazz and Cuban drumming into a unified style. Inspired by the multi-percussion experiments of fellow Cuban conga/bongo virtuoso Candido Camero, he began to utilize a set-up that would allow him to play congas, timbales, cowbells, etc. along with the drumset simultaneously. Wally is also in many ways responsible for the famed descarga (jam session) movement as he was one of the first, along with colleagues Cachao and Julio Gutierrez, to expand the boundaries of the written arrangement. He has performed with an array of musicians including Linda Ronstadt, Josephine Baker, Tony Bennett, Xavier Cugat, Wayne Newton and on numerous television and movie soundtracks. "

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Here are some reviews by Walfredo Reyes Sr.

Cubanismo!, Jesús Alemañy's ¡Cubanismo! Featuring Alfredo Rodríguez
CD (Hannibal/Rykodisc 1390),Released 1996;
"An orchestra of Cuban musicians put together recently from the older and newer generations. Great!"
Category: Latin Jazz => Afro-Cuban Jazz=> Cuba
ORDER TL-14889.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Alfredo Rodriguez, Jesús Alemañy's ¡Cubanismo! Featuring Alfredo Rodríguez
CD (Hannibal/Rykodisc 1390),Released 1996;
"An orchestra of Cuban musicians put together recently from the older and newer generations. Great!"
Category: Latin Jazz => Afro-Cuban Jazz=> Cuba
ORDER TL-14889.11 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Batacumbele, Afro Caribbean Jazz
CD (Montuno 525),
"One of the finest groups ever put together in Puerto Rico."
Category: Latin Jazz => Afro-Caribbean Folklore/Jazz
ORDER TL-10190.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Celina Gonzalez, La Rica Cosecha / Rich Harvest ****
CD (Tumi 0066 (OS6)),Released 1996;
"The real punto guajiro and decimas from my country. Like Celia, she is the queen of this style of Cuban music."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-16285.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Elena Burke, A Solas Contigo; Fondo Sonoro De Archivo Instituto Cubano De Radio Y Television (Very Limited Quantities!)
CD (Barbaro 247),Re-Issued 1995;
"The Sarah Vaughn of Cuba! She is fabulous."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-13898.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Latin Jazz Descarga, Part. 1
CD (Tania 0002),Released 1985;Re-Issued 1994;
"Wal-Pa-Ta-Ca...I'm part of this group!"
Category: Dance Traditions => Descargas/Mambo=> Cuba
ORDER TL-13544.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Orquesta Aragón, Mosaicos Tropicales
CD (Discuba 576),
"A 'must' for any collection of Cuban music!"
Category: Dance Traditions => Cha Cha Cha, Charanga, Danzon=> Cuba
ORDER TL-6996.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Orquesta Casino De La Playa, Adios Africa
CD (Tumbao 37),Released 1994;
"My father, Walfredo De Los Reyes, was the lead trumpet and sang the boleros like 'Dolor Cobarde' and 'Ojos Malvados.' Miguelito Valdes (the original Mr. Babalu, he was the first to record it with Casino) was the singer and drummer."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-12993.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Pacho Alonso, ¡Que Me Digan Feo!
CD (Discuba 549),Released 1961;Re-Issued 1997;
"An incredible Cuban singer with a unique style and roots in Oriente. This was in the fifties and he paved the way for many others who copied his style of singing."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-10152.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Ray Barretto, Carnaval
CD (Fantasy 24713),Released 1973;Re-Issued 1993;
"Ray has always had great bands. This is one album that is a legend. It includes 'Negro' Vivar on trumpet and great solos by Orestes Vilato on timbales."
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa
ORDER TL-2306.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart



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