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GONZALO GRAU Y LA CLAVE SECRETA Frutero Moderno
LOS VAN VAN Live In New York Collector's Edition DVD
CONJUNTO CLASICO Johnny Rivera: En Vivo NYC DVD
MIGUEL ZENÓN Awake
SANTERIA '50s & '60s material on CD
BACK IN STOCK Louie Ramirez & Ray De La Paz, Sonora Ocho
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GONZALO GRAU Y LA CLAVE SECRETA
Frutero Moderno
Gonzalo Grau
Originally released: 2008
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: Oh man, another great record from the Venezuela/Cuba/U.S. matrix. Grau, a pianist and bandleader from Venezuela (by way of Berklee College of Music in Boston) and participant in a bunch of important projects (search this website and you'll see what I mean), has changed the name of his band from La Timba Loca to La Clave Secreta, and has put out a pretty much amazing timba dance record that suggests that timba is going to be the lengua franca of modern Caribbean dance music. It's timba made international, by which I mean that it takes away the insularity of Cuban timba (think crappy keyboard sounds) and brings it into a more experimental place. Grau's a great writer and arranger and he takes on some standards, like Willie Colon's "Calle Luna, Calle Sol," bringing a sophistication to the coro; on all the tunes there's an attention to detail that's just spectacular arranging. The music opens up into new rooms over and over again, new colors and textures, wanders into timba breaks, piano montunos, spoken works pieces, driving horn lines. This is for fans of Guaco, timba, Goza Pepillo, Descemer, Robertito Carcasses, Azucar Negra, etc.: all the new and old bands that aren't worried about taking on timba and bringing to it the modern world of experience. Glorious, this stuff.
Highly Recommended. (Peter Watrous)
SONG TITLES:
1. Frutero Moderno (4:51) 2. Calle Luna, Cale Sol (4:47) 3. Siacara (5:07) 4. Sabor, Swing Y Sahoco (4:47) 5. Buche Y Pluma (5:07) 6. Amanecer En Calithea (2:11) 7. A La Griega (5:43) 8. La Polenica De La Mandarina (2:35) 9. Fachada O Nada (4:48) 10. Mujer Divina (4:25) 11. Abre Que Voy (5:20) 12. Alarma (7:28)
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LOS VAN VAN
Live In New York: Los Van Van Black & White Collector's Edition DVD
Mundo Libre
Originally released: 1996
Reissued: 2008
Category: DVD; SALSA CUBANA; CUBA
EditorsPick: First time on DVD: The historic premiere U.S. performance of the venerable Cuban dance band. Recorded in New York on December 13, 1996, Juan Formell and Los Van Van perform their classics "Empezó La Fiesta," "Que Le Den Candela," "Sandunguera," "Soy Todo" and much more. With singers Mayito Rivera, Pedrito Calvo and Roberto Hernandez. Also with keyboardist/arranger Cesar "Pupy" Pedroso.
Highly Recommended. (BP)
SONG TITLES:
1. Comienzo 2. Empezó La Fiesta 3. Que Le Den Candela 4. Sandunguera 5. Deja La Ira 6. Soy Todo 7. Presentacion 8. Se Acabó El Querer
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ADOLESCENT'S ORQUESTA
Clasicos En Vivo DVD & CD Set
Codiscos/Salsa Power (original import)
Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; SALSA COLOMBIA; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: Here's a live performance by one of Venezuela's most popular salsa bands. Venezuela's answer to King Bongó, this crew is pumped up and eager to demonstrate their brand of high octane Salsa Explosiva. "Ponte Pila" just might fry your DVD player. This DVD and CD combo comes to us from a packed club in Calí, Colombia, and is produced by, you guessed it, Diego Galé. Recommended. (BP)
SONG TITLES:
1. DVD: Intro - Ponte Pila 2. Ahelo 3. Envidioso 4. Se Acabo El Amor 5. Amor Amargo 6. Persona Ideal 7. Cuerpo Sin Alma 8. Folclore Domincano Me Gusta 9. Virgen 10. Recuerdos 11. Me Negu 12. Arrepentida 13. Aquel Lugar 14. CD: Ponte Pila 15. Anhelo 16. Envidioso 17. Se Acabo El Amor 18. Amor Amargo 19. Persona Ideal 20. Cuerpo Sin Alma 21. Folclore Domincano Me Gusta 22. Virgen 23. Me Nego Arrepentida 24. Aquel Lugar
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CONJUNTO CLASICO
Ray Castro's Conjunto Clasico En Vivo NYC DVD
Primo Discos
Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: Here's vintage Clasico, from the '80s in New York, that features singers Johnny Rivera, Ramon Rodriguez and Ramon Castro. The band plays their well known hits like "Vamonos De Rumba," "Señora Ley," "Los Rodriguez," "Amanecer En La Romano" and others.
Recommended, especially for the collectors. (BP)
SONG TITLES:
1. Vamonos De Rumba 2. Vigilandote 3. Pierdes 4. Señora Ley 5. Los Rodriguez 6. Teresita 7. Amanecer En La Romano
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HILTON RUIZ
A New York Story
Hilton Ruiz Music
Originally released: 2004
Category: LATIN JAZZ; LATIN JAZZ
EditorsPick: Ruiz, in 2004, convened an extraordinary group, including George Coleman on saxophones, Leon Dorsey on bass and Grady Tate on drums. It's a straight-ahead jazz session, the sort, that if one heard it on the radio, would make you wonder who it was. Per usual, Coleman, a giant saxophonist, plays lines that are filled with substitutions, cramming his solos with harmony. The recording itself is beyond fine, with every tap of Grady Tate's drumming easily heard. And Ruiz's playing, in this context, is perfectly idiomatic; the man could play the blues and swing. It's a language that's rapidly being forgotten, straight ahead swing, and Ruiz was a master. This is beauty in the form of music, highly intelligent, relaxed, verbal without being overwrought. It's music that could only be made by adults.
Highly Recommended. (Peter Watrous)
SONG TITLES:
1. A New York Story 2. Slow And Easy 3. Another Kind Of Blues 4. A Trio In Manhattan 5. Double Bass Blues 6. Slow And Easy 7. Another Kind Of Blues
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HILTON RUIZ
Hilton Ruiz Songbook: Solo Piano
Hilton Ruiz Music
Originally released: 2003
Category: LATIN JAZZ; LATIN JAZZ
EditorsPick: Another piece of amazing music by Ruiz, but this one a solo recording. From the opening blues "Home Cooking" to the end of the album, Ruiz's time is astonishing, as is his ability to move between clave feeling and straight ahead swing; his bebop playing is fairly perfect, and on "Michael's Mambo" it's hard not to fall in love with his montuno playing, filled with space and percussion at the same time. This is a serious document by a serious player whose death in 2006 was a real loss to the cultural life of the United States.
Highly Recommended. (Peter Watrous)
SONG TITLES:
1. Home Cooking 2. Jazzin' 3. Michael's Mambo 4. Blues For Cos(dedicated To Bill Cosby) 5. Island Eyes 6. Miami Girl 7. New Arrival 8. Old Arrival (dedicated To Tito Puente) 9. Shades Of Thelonious (dedicated To Thelonious Monk) 10. Sonny's Mood (dedicated To Sonny Rollins) 11. Sweet Cherry Pie 12. For Max (for Max Roach)
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GRUPO DECISION
Pa' Que Gozen
NT Productions
Originally released: 2008
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: A thoroughly enjoyable homestyle salsa dura album from bassist Nelson Torres. No-nonsense double trombone attack, upfront and meaty bass, hypnotic piano, and thankfully, a tres that can actually be heard (many albums seem to leave the tres way down in the mix these days). The arrangements call to mind golden 70's era "garage" burners from small label groups like Brooklyn Sounds or Wayne Gorbea. Some of the vocals sound like they were recorded in a living room, which I love - this record has cojones. Though the album starts with the millionth cover of that old warhorse "Anacaona," with other chestnuts like "Mango Mangue" and "Plante Bandera" to boot, these classics are well done here, and the originals are nice too. Standouts are two jams sung primarily by Spanish Harlem Orchestra vocalist Willy Torres, who has a warm and authentic style: the infectious party tune "Las Muchachas" and Willy's own salsa brava composition, "Llegaron Los Cantantes" (a hot musical throw-down between soneros). Support your local independent productions, and grab this heartfelt and honest recording today.
Highly Recommended. (Pablo Yglesias)
SONG TITLES:
1. Anacaona (4:52) 2. Cerca De Ti (4:43) 3. Las Muchachas (4:41) 4. Llegaron Los Cantantes (5:23) 5. Mango Mangue (4:39) 6. Mariana (3:57) 7. Plante Bandera (4:55) 8. Rumba (4:10) 9. Señora Ley (4:32)
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COCO LAGOS Y SUS ORATES
Ritmo Caliente
Get Back (original import)
Reissued: 2008
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA/SON DESCARGA; PERU
EditorsPick: Multitalented Peruvian percussionist and bandleader Coco Lagos is slowly gaining recognition among Latin music fans outside of South America. If you like the '50s and '60s descarga jam sessions by Cachao, the Tico-Alegre Allstars, or Bebo Valdés, you owe it to yourself to pick up this gem from the MAG label, recorded in Lima in 1968. Though there is a feeling of looseness overall, and plenty of hot soloing for each instrument, these recordings are somewhat tighter than the Tico-Alegre Allstars, and feature more vocals than Cachao. There is a gritty, hard-core feel to many of these tunes, and to me they sound much more like salsa than so-called Latin jazz - kind of like Joe Cuba meets Eddie Palmieri. Joining Coco on the date is the ace MAG in-house studio team of Mario Allison on timbales, Nilo Espinosa on sax, the great arranger/composer Alfredo Linares on piano (and bass along with Joe di Roma), Tito Chicoma on trumpet, Charlie Palomares on vibes, with Kiko Fuentes, Carlos Muñoz, and the guy with the 'old man voice', Melocochita, on vocals. Great sound quality and packaging, this reissue fits right in with Vampisoul's Peruvian "¡Gózalo!" series. A must have for any serious lover of Latin music, and closes the gap on the untold story of Peru's role in spreading Antillean music beyond the Caribbean.
Highly Recommended. (Pablo Yglesias)
SONG TITLES:
1. Guajira Boogaloo 2. A La Capital 3. Coco's Descarga 4. La Rumba Empezo 5. Ahi Viene Coco 6. Descarga Jala Jala 7. Recuerdeme 8. Gozando Descargas
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NOEL
Pensando En Ti
Chino/NDR
Originally released: 2008
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: Puerto Rican singer Noel Diaz "El Titan de la Salsa" has been performing since 1987, and his new album is a consistent mix of straight ahead salsa with reggaetón and salsa romántica touches. Though Diaz does not possess a distinctive voice, all the tunes are original, and the album does showcase some fine musical backing. Featuring pianist Lucho Cueto, bassist Máximo Rodriguez, percussionists Roberto Quintero and José Mangual Jr., nice coros by Mangual, Jr. and Rodriguez, with arrangements by Cueto, Mangual Jr., and Chino Nuñez. Noel lists his influences as Frankie Ruiz and Ismael Miranda. Plenty of material for dancers here. (Pablo Yglesias)
SONG TITLES:
1. O El O Yo (4:33) 2. Amame (4:44) 3. Un Engaño (3:26) 4. Que Tienes Nena (4:19) 5. Luna (4:44) 6. Mi Mulata (4:42) 7. Tirana (4:01) 8. Mi Dueña (4:30)
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MIGUEL ZENÓN
Awake
Marsalis Music
Originally released: 2008
Category: LATIN JAZZ; LATIN JAZZ
EditorsPick: We are in a golden age of Latin jazz activity, and here's more proof. Awake is the third project by the Puerto Rican saxophonist and like his earlier works, it's full of intelligence, bristling with knowledge. Zenon, like a pile of younger musicians, works the two sides of the Latin jazz equation like few people have before him, and at times he sounds like Charlie Parker - check out "Awakening" - and at other times he and his exceptional group, Luis Perdomo on piano, Hans Glawischnig on bass and Henry Cole on drums move into a rhythmic sophistication that owes its robustness directly to the Caribbean. Zenon uses a string quartet for two pieces, and on one track amplifies the group with trumpet, trombone and tenor saxophone. At times Zenon exemplifies the rhythmic and harmonic modernity that's rife in New York jazz circles, and he's followed by the always great Perdomo - listen to Perdomo's solo on "Ulysses in Slow Motion." Anyway, this is work that is changing the way jazz functions, and elevating the high mark on what's possible in the idiom. It's historic.
Highly Recommended. (Peter Watrous)
SONG TITLES:
1. Awakening - Prelude (3:44) 2. Camarón (7:43) 3. Penta (7:32) 4. The Missing Piece (7:41) 5. Ulysses In Slow Motion (7:03) 6. Awakening - Interlude (5:24) 7. Santo (12:03) 8. Lamamilla (5:57) 9. Third Dimension (9:59) 10. Awakening - Postlude (2:23)
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ADALBERTO ALVAREZ Y SU SON
Gozando En La Habana
BIS (original import)
Originally released: 2008
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA CUBANA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Have to love Adalberto, the king of good times. His music is so consistent, so good humored, it's not surprising the universal, highly held opinion of the man and his music. It's also hard to believe that he's celebrating his 35th anniversary in music. Gozando En La Habana's a great way to understand what he's good at (borrowing, among other things; there's a weird borrow of "My Foolish Heart" on the title track), and the sheer joy that he uses to infuse his music. The coros interlock so effortlessly, the tempos are perfectly chosen, the montunos working perfectly within the tunes, the way he keeps his music modern without having to pander, and even wanders into older material - he does a cool version of "Camina Y Prende El Fogon." Even the two medleys of older material of his work just fine, and remind one exactly how many hits that man this produced.
Highly Recommended. (Peter Watrous)
SONG TITLES:
1. Gozando En La Habana (5:49) 2. Amor De Mentira (5:44) 3. Poupurrit De Los 90 (Dale Como É, Que Te Pasa Mami, La Novia De Un Amigo Mio, Fin De Semana Es La Cita) (6:33) 4. Camina Y Prende El Fogón (4:42) 5. La Manía De Caridad (5:42) 6. Hasta Aquí Llegó Este Amor (4:59) 7. Poupurrit De Los 80 (Cuestiones De Amor, Al Vez Vuelvas A Llamarme, Son Para Un Sonero, El Son De Adalberto) (5:48) 8. Que Voy A Hacer Si Te Vas (6:21) 9. Aprende Muchacho (5:34) 10. Si No Vas A Bailar... (4:23)
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LA SONORA PONCEÑA
50 Aniversario En Vivo Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez De Bayamón, Vol. 2 - DVD & CD Set
Pianissimo
Originally released: 2008
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA; PUERTO RICO
EditorsPick: Excellent quality Volume II DVD & CD package of the legendary Sonora Ponceña's 50th anniversary concert at the jam-packed Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez de Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Recorded in February 2004, this is a well-produced multi-camera presentation featuring the Ponceña big band led by maestro Papo Lucca.
With singers Héctor "Pichie" Pérez, Fernando "Wito" Colon, José Alberto "El Canario", and Danny Davila . This DVD also includes guests Antonio Cabán Vale "El Topo" and the venerable Johnny Pacheco who sings and plays flute on "Sonero." There's a simply amazing cuatro solo by Maribel Delgado and a wonderful appearance by Roberto Roena who takes part, with Domingo "Tito" Gutierrez, in the first battle of the cowbells on DVD. It's pretty cool. A fine show not to be missed.
Very Highly Recommended. (BP)
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SONG TITLES:
1. Ahora Yo Me Rio 2. Sonero 3. Suena Tu Bongo 4. No Vive En Este Planeta 5. Yambeque 6. Ramona 7. Date Cuenta 8. CD also includes: Bomba Carambomba
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GILBERTO "PULPO" COLÓN
Pulpo's Hot Bread
The Mambo Project
Originally released: 2008
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: A recording like this will probably be overlooked today, though not tomorrow. The greatness of the groove, the explosion of the Puerto Rican/New York style so late in the day will be appreciated in historical terms - you know, a work of genius after the genre had flowered, etc. My suggestion: buy some of these now, give them away to friends and neighbors, get insistent with them, make them pay attention as the recording, essentially a descarga led by the ferocious montunos of Colon's piano, is a celebration of all the best things that have happened in what's called salsa. And Colon's a mean pianist, taking the band down to a whisper in some of his solos, and setting up all sorts of tricky tempo changes - listen to "Tirandote Flores" - to take the recording out of the range of the ordinary, and placing it where it should be, in the world of improvisation. Good musicians all over the date, too, including Chino Nuñes, Jorge Gonzalez, Chembo Corniel, Johnny Rivero and Richie Bastar on percussion, a coro including the lead singer Papote Jimenez, and Jorge Maldonando and Eddie Rosado. Jose Santiago and Ray Martinez show up on bass, and there's a trombone section including Jose Davila, Luis Cruz and Joe de Jesus. What I like about this date is its naturalism: it sounds like a live session, really well recorded, enjoyed by both the band and the audience. Going to be hard to bump this from '08's top ten list.
Highly Recommended. (Peter Watrous)
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SONG TITLES:
1. Tirandote Flores (6:15) 2. Intense!! (6:42) 3. Apariencia (4:46) 4. Hot Bread (6:30) 5. Porque Te Empeñas (7:02) 6. Clara's Lament (7:17) 7. Sonero Mayor (5:43) 8. Cross Body Groove (5:43) 9. Soñando Con Puerto Rico (5:52) 10. La Murga (7:44)
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VARIOUS ARTISTS
Mambo A Paris 1949-1953, 2-CD Set
Fremeaux (original import)
Originally released: 2008
Category: DANCE TRADITIONS; BIG BAND MAMBO JAZZ
EditorsPick: A fascinating exploration of the mambo's international influence, documenting the output of several French orchestras - French in that they were based in France, with musicians from all over the world - and filled with high quality music from the era. Good notes explain how the various band leaders came to play Afro-Cuban music, including Lewis Varona, Henry Rossotti, Eddie Warner, Benny Bennet, Ruben Calzado and more. Do not be fooled into thinking that this stuff is inferior, or a novelty. It might not be Machito, but then, nothing is. It's still highly skilled music, and the singers - from Cuba, often, are perfectly idiomatic. Rocking examples of the influence Cuba had around the world, culturally. Plus it's fun.
Highly Recommended. (Peter Watrous)
SONG TITLES:
1. Mambo En Paris - L'Orchestre Lewis Varona 2. El Mambo - Henri Rossotti Et Son Orchestre Tropical 3. Mambo Jambo - Henri Rossotti Et Son Orchestre Tropical 4. Mambo Jambo - Eddie Warner 5. Mambo No. 5 - Eddie Warner 6. Mambo No. 8 - Eddie Warner 7. Mambo En Sax - Benny Bennet Et Son Orchestre De Musique Latine-Americaine 8. Ohe Ohe Mambo! - Aime Barrelli Et Son Orchestre 9. Mambito - Sebastien Solari Et Son Orchestre 10. Mambo Du Soir - Eddie Warner 11. Chombo Rumba - Ruben Calzado Et Son Orchestre 12. Un Poquito De Tu Amor - Eddie Warner 13. La Television - Eddie Warner 14. La Television - Henri Rossotti Et Son Orchestre Tropical 15. Suave Mulato - Eddie Warner 16. Un Meneito Na Ma - Eddie Warner 17. Ole Ole - Eddie Warner 18. La Mucura - Eddie Warner 19. La Mucura - Henri Rossotti 20. Guindilla - Eddie Warner 21. El Baile Del Sillon - Henri Rossotti 22. El Martilito (La Mamba) - Henri Rossotti 23. Tierra Va Tembla - Ruddy Castell Avec Eddie Warner 24. Negro Tam Tam - Eddie Warner 25. Tam Tam Sur Le Congo - Sebastien Solari Et Son Orchestre...plus 22 More Tunes!
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OMARA PORTUONDO
Lo Mejor De Cuba, 2-CD Set
Pro Market
Originally released: 2008
Category: SALSA/SON; SON, GUARACHA, GUAJIRA; CUBA
EditorsPick: This 2-CD compilation features singer Portuondo's interpretations of tracks like "Vieja Luna," "Campanitas De Cristal," "Como Fue," "Siboney," "Este Son Homenaje" and much more. Recommended. (BP)
SONG TITLES:
1. Alli 2. Vieja Luna 3. Gracias A La Vida 4. Ponerse A Pensar 5. Quiereme Mucho 6. Si Llego A Besarte 7. Campanitas De Cristal 8. Vuela Pena 9. Y Solo Tu Y You 10. Nosotros 11. Me Acostumbre A Estar Sin Ti 12. La Era Esta Pariendo Un Corazon 13. Como Fue 14. Tres Palabras 15. Siboney 16. Ay Caramba 17. Porque Dudas 18. Verdad Amarga 19. Y Mucho Mas 20. Nada Para Ti 21. Y Tal Vez 22. Este Son Homenaje 23. Nuestro Gran Amor 24. Piensa En Mi
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GRUPO NICHE
Una Aventura... La Historia CD & DVD Set
Sony Norte
Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; SALSA COLOMBIA; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: Sus más grandes canciones en cd y dvd. Incluye sus éxitos "Atrevida," "Una Aventura," "Mi Pueblo," "Un Alto En El Camino," "Duele Mas," "Gotas De Lluvia" y mucho más... (DR)
SONG TITLES:
1. CD: Atrevida 2. Miserable 3. Una Aventura 4. Se Parecio Tanto A Ti 5. Hagamos Lo Que Diga El Corazon 6. Tiempo, Tiempo 7. Mi Pueblo 8. Un Alto En El Camino 9. La Gallinita De Los Huevos De Oro 10. Duele Mas 11. Gotas De Lluvia 12. Etnia 13. DVD: Mujer De Novela 14. Hagamos Lo Que Diga El Corazon 15. Duele Mas 16. La Gallinita De Los Huevos De Oro 17. Gotas De Lluvia
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SONORA OCHO
Zoonando
Latinasterio (original import)
Originally released: 2007
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA COLOMBIA; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: Back in stock!
This free-wheeling descarga style band can really swing. Based in Medellin, Colombia, Sonora 8 rejects the common wisdom that Colombian salsa style has to be typified by speed, catchy hooks, and easily commercialized refrains. Here they use typical instrumentation with the inclusion of electric guitar to create extended dance grooves. This is almost psychedelic salsa that has roots in the early salsa of Panamá and Colombia. Think *early* Fruko, Los Exagerados, Los Corraleros de Majagual, Freddy y Sus Afro Latinos and the like. Some of the stuff is weird, but in a good way. This band would be a dream in a small club at 2 a.m. - it's the stuff of atmosphere, elation and surrender. Have a few drinks, lower the lights and let the party begin. DJ Alert.
Highly Recommended. (BP)
SONG TITLES:
1. Elegguaré (1:06) 2. Pa' Chopin (5:45) 3. Me Voy Pa'l Tibiri (5:47) 4. El Bufon Y Su Comedia (5:26) 5. Chucupunk (5:32) 6. Confesiones Sin Rebaja (4:04) 7. Ponala A Sobrar (4:26) 8. Chicken's Boogaloo (4:41) 9. Patiño 2:00 AM (3:50)
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LOUIE RAMIREZ - RAY DE LA PAZ
Exitos
Cobo
Originally released: 2002
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: Back in stock! Limited quantities! Terrific compilation from the four albums that this highly respected salsa team produced for Caiman records in the '80s. Include the classics "Mentirosa," "Presumida," and "Noche de Salsa." In fact, every track here is killer salsa with maximum swing. Listening to this CD simply hammers home what a tremendous loss the death of Mr. Ramirez was to this music. As a vibe player, arranger, composer and timbalero, there was nobody like him. If you don't have all of the original albums, or if you simply want the cream of the crop, this is a must have.
Highly recommended. (BP)
SONG TITLES:
1. Mentirosa (5:39) 2. Lluvia 3. Vale La Pena (4:21) 4. El Titere (4:42) 5. Vamos De Aqui (5:26) 6. Ladron De Tu Amor (5:11) 7. Presumida (4:53) 8. Simplemente Una Ilusion (3:16) 9. Noche De Salsa (4:49) 10. El Arca De Noe (5:40) 11. Todavia (4:55) 12. Quiereme Y Veras (3:10) 13. Yo Soy Aquel (6:05) 14. El Secreto (5:06)
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PAPO LUCCA
Azuquita Y Papo Lucca: Los Originales
Fremeaux Entertainment
Originally released: 1996
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: With Camilo 'Azuquita' Argumedez and Papo Lucca, you always get welcome surprises. Case in point is Azuquita's 1975 Vaya release Pura Salsa - a very experimental album and one of my favorites. While this mid-90s release is not as ground-breaking, there are enough fun variations on the Afro-Caribbean musical model to keep the listener interested throughout. There are songs in French, calling to mind Azuquita's fruitful collaboration with Tito Puente (Ce' Magnifique from 1981), and also some French Antillean flavors, with one song calling to mind Manu Dibango's Afrian/Latin/Funk fusions (featuring some nice batá drumming too). The album has an easy, lighthearted approach overall, reminding me of lazy days by the beach and hot nights in San Juan. Tresero Nélson González can be heard in the mix, and Jesús Cannedo plays some nice flute flourishes and unexpected soprano sax. Papo Lucca as usual has a million keyboard sounds going on, and there are some great versions of Azuquita's earlier hits. Overall an enjoyable set from two very 'original' masters. (Pablo Yglesias)
SONG TITLES:
1. Mujer Celosa (6:34) 2. El Poeta (5:49) 3. Azuquita Para Bailar (3:20) 4. Na Mio Ho Rengue, Kio (4:13) 5. Le Moustique Amourouse (4:27) 6. Mañana Es Domingo (6:17) 7. Si No Eres Tú (4:14) 8. Paris De Noche (7:32) 9. Paris De Noche (Version Courte) (3:05)
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RAFAEL CARABALLO Y SU CONJUNTO DE SANTEROS
Plegaria A Los Santos
La Flor/Santero
Category: FOLKLORIC; RUMBA and/or SANTERIA/LUCUMI; CUBA
EditorsPick: Part of a series of Santeria related material originally on LP in the '50s and '60s that have been crudely converted to CD, so don't expect hi-fi sound here. Despite the obvious shortcomings (you can hear the original vinyl crackles etc.) there are some significant recordings here. Check out the entire Santero-Espiritual series... (BP)
SONG TITLES:
1. A Las Potencias 2. A Papa Candelo 3. Plegarias A Los Santos 4. Plegaria A La Virgen Milagrosa 5. Plegaria A San Martin De Porres 6. Chango Me Convirtio 7. Mi Altar 8. A La Caridad Del Cobre 9. Plegaria Al Santo Jibarito 10. Agua Pa'Ti, Agua Pa'Mi
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DESPOJO - SANTERO
Tambores Africanos
La Flor/Santero
Category: FOLKLORIC; RUMBA and/or SANTERIA/LUCUMI; CUBA
EditorsPick: Part of a series of Santeria related material originally on LP in the '50s and '60s that have been crudely converted to CD, so don't expect hi-fi sound here. Despite the obvious shortcomings (you can hear the original vinyl crackles etc.) there are some significant recordings here. Check out the entire Santero-Espiritual series... (BP)
Description: Cantantes: Catanga, Yosandon, Mansolu.
SONG TITLES:
1. Canto A Chango 2. Canto A Ochun 3. Canto A Agallu 4. Canto A Babalu Aye 5. Canto A Echu 6. Canto A Elegua 7. Canto A Ochosi 8. Canto A Ogun 9. Canto A Obatala 10. Canto A Yemaya 11. Canto A Oya
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FUERZA SANTERA
Fuerza Santera
La Flor/Santero
Category: FOLKLORIC; RUMBA and/or SANTERIA/LUCUMI; CUBA
EditorsPick: Part of a series of Santeria related material originally on LP in the '50s and '60s that have been crudely converted to CD, so don't expect hi-fi sound here. Despite the obvious shortcomings (you can hear the original vinyl crackles etc.) there are some significant recordings here. Check out the entire Santero-Espiritual series... (BP)
SONG TITLES:
1. Oguanto Locum 2. Un So Ello Ache To Ache Di 3. Apaapa Orobosilio 4. Yaguna Afariagri 5. Aporibale Jicolleru Oborire 6. Ofoillo Oloae Acatasorde 7. Aqui Ibochiche, Orula 8. Elegua Aqui Bor Boya 9. Plegaria Elegua 10. Coconisi Casi 11. Ferini Cherevivinu
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SANTERIA AFRICANA
Santa Barbara Africana
La Flor/Santero
Category: FOLKLORIC; RUMBA and/or SANTERIA/LUCUMI; CUBA
EditorsPick: Part of a series of Santeria related material originally on LP in the '50s and '60s that have been crudely converted to CD, so don't expect hi-fi sound here. Despite the obvious shortcomings (you can hear the original vinyl crackles etc.) there are some significant recordings here. Check out the entire Santero-Espiritual series... (BP)
SONG TITLES:
1. La Virgen De Las Mercedes-Obatala 2. San Cristobal-Agallu 3. La Virgen De Regla-Yemaya 4. La Virgen De La Caridaddel Cobre-Ochun 5. Santa Marta-Elegua 6. Santa Barbara-Chango 7. El Nino De Atoche-Elegua 8. San Pedro-Ogun 9. San Norberto-Ochosi 10. San Lazaro-Babalu 11. Santa Lucia-Oya 12. Santa Barbara Africana
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SANTERIA CUBANA
Toques Y Cantos Santeros Lucumí
La Flor/Santero
Category: FOLKLORIC; RUMBA and/or SANTERIA/LUCUMI; CUBA
EditorsPick: Part of a series of Santeria related material originally on LP in the '50s and '60s that have been crudely converted to CD, so don't expect hi-fi sound here. Despite the obvious shortcomings (you can hear the original vinyl crackles etc.) there are some significant recordings here. Check out the entire Santero-Espiritual series... (BP)
SONG TITLES:
1. Babalu Aye 2. Obatala 3. Yemalia 4. Orichaoco 5. Ochosi 6. Elegua El Niño De Atocha 7. Dada, Oba, Yegua 8. Inie 9. Elegua 10. Ogun 11. Chango 12. Ochun
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SANTA BARBARA
Santa Barbara Con Rafael Caraballo Y Gloria Maria Ortiz
La Flor/Espiritual
Category: FOLKLORIC; RUMBA and/or SANTERIA/LUCUMI; CUBA
EditorsPick: Part of a series of Santeria related material originally on LP in the '50s and '60s that have been crudely converted to CD, so don't expect hi-fi sound here. Despite the obvious shortcomings (you can hear the original vinyl crackles etc.) there are some significant recordings here. Check out the entire Santero-Espiritual series... (BP)
SONG TITLES:
1. San Miguel Arcangel 2. Canto A Las 7 Potencias 3. Canto A San Juan Bautista 4. Canto A Papa Candelo 5. La Cardidad Del Cobre 6. Santa Barbara 7. Santa Marta 8. San Martin De Porres 9. La Reyna Del Mar 10. Canto Para Todos Los Santos
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VARIOUS ARTISTS
Oraciones Espirituales: El Hermano Moises
La Flor/Espiritual
Category: FOLKLORIC; RUMBA and/or SANTERIA/LUCUMI; CUBA
EditorsPick: Part of a series of Santeria related material originally on LP in the '50s and '60s that have been crudely converted to CD, so don't expect hi-fi sound here. Despite the obvious shortcomings (you can hear the original vinyl crackles etc.) there are some significant recordings here. Check out the entire Santero-Espiritual series... (BP)
SONG TITLES:
1. Oracion Al Padre Nuestro Y El Ave Maria 2. Videncia Del Señor 3. Al Empezar La Reunion 4. Evocacion A Los Buenos Espritus 5. Oracion A Los Angeles Guardianes Y Espirtus Protectores 6. Oracion Para Todos Los Dias 7. Oracion De Paz Para El Hogar 8. Oracion A San Martin De Porres 9. Oracion En Los Jucios De Los Hombres Antes De La Sentencia 10. Plegaria Del Náufrago 11. Plegaria Del Agradecido 12. Acto De Amor A Dios 13. La Fe, La Esperanza Y La Caridad
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VARIOUS ARTISTS
Oraciones Espirituales: La Mano Poderosa
La Flor/Espiritual
Category: FOLKLORIC; SANTERIA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Part of a series of Santeria related material originally on LP in the '50s and '60s that have been crudely converted to CD, so don't expect hi-fi sound here. Despite the obvious shortcomings (you can hear the original vinyl crackles etc.) there are some significant recordings here. Check out the entire Santero-Espiritual series... (BP)
SONG TITLES:
1. Oracion A La Mano Poderosa 2. Oracion Al Santisimo Justo Juez 3. Oracion A Santa Clara 4. Oracion A Juana De Arco 5. Oracion A San Lazaro 6. Oracion A San Judas Tadeo 7. Oracion A San Espedito 8. Oracion A La Piedra De Iman 9. Oracion A La Virgen De La Caridad Del Cobre 10. Oracion A San Rafael 11. Oraciona San Antonio De Padua 12. Oracion A Santa Ana 13. Oracion A Nuestra Senor Ade Alta Gracia
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VARIOUS ARTISTS
Fiesta Santera Lucumí: Tambores Batá
La Flor/Santero
Category: FOLKLORIC; RUMBA and/or SANTERIA/LUCUMI; CUBA
EditorsPick: Back in the "old days," this record was one of the few sources of Lucumi music available in the United States. No doubt, this CD will provide some nostalgic enjoyment for those who remember hearing this when it was in LP form. At the time of this recording (probably late 50's or early 60's), Julito Collazo was one of the very few batá drummers in the US. Julito and Patato are featured drummers on Fiesta Santera. (David Peñalosa '99 Catalog) [Part of a series of Santeria related material originally on LP in the '50s and '60s that have been crudely converted to CD, so don't expect hi-fi sound here. Despite the obvious shortcomings (you can hear the original vinyl crackles etc.) there are some significant recordings here. Check out the entire Santero-Espiritual series... - BP] (David Peñalosa)
SONG TITLES:
1. Fiesta Para Babalu-San Lazaro 2. Fiesta Para Chango-Santa Barbara 3. Fiesta Para Agallu-San Cristobal 4. Fiesta Para Elegua-El Nino Atocha 5. Fiesta Para Yemaya-La Virgen De Regia 6. Fiesta Para Oinie-Santa Marta 7. Fiesta Para Ochun-La Virgen De La Caridad Del Cobre 8. Fiesta Para Ochosi-San Noberto 9. Fiesta Para Obatala-La Virgen De La Mercedes 10. Fiesta Para Ogun-San Pedro
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VARIOUS ARTISTS
EL Santo Rosario
La Flor/Espiritual
Category: FOLKLORIC; SANTERIA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Part of a series of Santeria related material originally on LP in the '50s and '60s that have been crudely converted to CD, so don't expect hi-fi sound here. Despite the obvious shortcomings (you can hear the original vinyl crackles etc.) there are some significant recordings here. Check out the entire Santero-Espiritual series... (BP)
SONG TITLES:
1. Primer Misterio Glorioso 2. Segundo Misterio Glorioso 3. Tercer Misterio Glorioso 4. Cuarto Misterio Glorioso 5. Quinto Misterio Glorioso 6. Letanias De Nuestra Señora 7. Acto De Contriccion 8. El Credo 9. El Padre Nuestro 10. El Ave Maria 11. Gloria Al Padre 12. La Salve 13. Primer Misterio Gozoso 14. Segundo Misterio Gosozo 15. Tercer Misterio Gosozo 16. Cuarto Misterio Gosozo 17. Quinto Misterio Gosozo 18. Primer Misterio Doloroso 19. Segundo Misterio Doloroso 20. Tercer Misterio Doloroso 21. Cuarto Misterio Doloroso 22. Quinto Misterio Doloroso
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VARIOUS ARTISTS
Oraciones Espirituales
La Flor/Espiritual
Category: FOLKLORIC; SANTERIA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Part of a series of Santeria related material originally on LP in the '50s and '60s that have been crudely converted to CD, so don't expect hi-fi sound here. Despite the obvious shortcomings (you can hear the original vinyl crackles etc.) there are some significant recordings here. Check out the entire Santero-Espiritual series... (BP)
SONG TITLES:
1. Oracion A Las 7 Potencias 2. Oracion A San Francisco De Asis 3. Oracion A La Santa Camisa 4. El Credo 5. Oracio A La Virgen Milagrosa 6. Oracion Al Sagrado Corazon De Jesus 7. Oracion Al Padre Nuestro Y El Ave Maria 8. Oracion A La Mano Poderosa 9. Oracion A San Marcos De Leon 10. Oracion Al Cristo Del Buen Viaje 11. Oracion Del Buen Trabajador 12. Oracion Al Gran Poder De Dios 13. Oracion A Sanata Barbara 14. Oracion A La Virgen Del Perpetuo Socorro
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POTENCIA SANTERA
Cantos Y Tambores
La Flor/Indio
Category: FOLKLORIC; RUMBA and/or SANTERIA/LUCUMI; CUBA
EditorsPick: Part of a series of Santeria related material originally on LP in the '50s and '60s that have been crudely converted to CD, so don't expect hi-fi sound here. Despite the obvious shortcomings (you can hear the original vinyl crackles etc.) there are some significant recordings here. Check out the entire Santero-Espiritual series... (BP)
SONG TITLES:
1. Los Dandys 2. Guana Guana 3. Monina Vey 4. Anacobero Minuaya 5. Dembe Maria 6. Que Bueno Ae 7. La Kimbambula 8. Elisa Balande 9. Lumbe Lumbe 10. Con Que 11. Malanga 12. Aguayo 13. Canto A Chango 14. Wemba Ae 15. Agulona
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MANSULA & HIS HAITIANS
Santeria Haitiana
La Flor/Santero
Category: FOLKLORIC; FOLKLORIC: VARIOUS; HAITI
EditorsPick: Part of a series of Santeria related material originally on LP in the '50s and '60s that have been crudely converted to CD, so don't expect hi-fi sound here. Despite the obvious shortcomings (you can hear the original vinyl crackles etc.) there are some significant recordings here. Check out the entire Santero-Espiritual series... (BP)
SONG TITLES:
1. Gugu Bamba 2. Nago 3. Yemaja 4. Ago Fururu 5. Ijo Olomo 6. Ye Ye O 7. Iku Yelori Mi 8. Baba Samilore 9. Allau Mo Soli 10. Oluwa A Da 11. Okan Mi Yin Oba Orun
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