Content by tag "Fania"

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Joe Cuba: A Man & His Music--El Alcalde del Barrio

Read "A Man & His Music--El Alcalde del Barrio" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Exhaustive and exhausting (because you won't be able to stop dancing), A Man & His Music--El Alcalde del Barrio presents the first major retrospective of the 240 albums recorded by Joe Cuba, the Father of Latin boogaloo, and was released in February 2010 to commemorate the one year anniversary of his passing.

Gilberto Navarro was ...

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Ray Barretto: Jazz

Read "Jazz" reviewed by Graham L. Flanagan

Although both of his parents were full-blooded Puerto Ricans, Ray Barretto was as American as they come. Born in Brooklyn, by the age of seven he had already resided in that borough, as well as Spanish Harlem and the Bronx. His biological lineage, combined with the place he was born and raised, gives new meaning to ...

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Willie Colon: The Player: A Man and his Music

Read "The Player: A Man and his Music" reviewed by Norman Weinstein

This two-disc overview of the work of the trombonist, vocalist, and composer Willie Colón presents a musically convincing case that Colón was to the history of Latin music what Don Drummond was to Jamaican ska and J.J. Johnson was to jazz. If the preceding suggests a holy trinity, note that all three had a fervor frequently ...

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Charlie Palmieri: El Gigante Del Teclado

Read "El Gigante Del Teclado" reviewed by Norman Weinstein

The ongoing achievements of the great Latin jazz pianist/composer Eddie Palmieri may hopefully lead listeners new to Latin music to explore the recordings of his equally talented brother Charlie. Charlie Palmieri, a dynamic keyboardist and bandleader, passed away in 1988, and his albums have been difficult to obtain compared to those of his younger brother. “El ...