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Orestes Vilató

Born in Camagüey, Cuba in 1944, multi-percussionist Orestes Vilató is one of the most influential figures in the world of Latin percussion. His unique style on the Cuban timbales is one of the most emulated in the genre, and his artistry has graced the stage and recording studios with a Who’s Who of musical legends, from Aretha Franklin to Carlos Santana. As a pioneer of the East Coast Salsa phenomenon, Vilató played a seminal role with such musical institutions and artists as the Fania All Stars, Ray Barretto, Rubén Blades, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco and many others. After 25 years in New York, Orestes found new musical opportunities in Northern California as a member of the Santana band, forging a road into the Latin Rock genre, and as a result, his virtuoso percussion work would become a main fixture with numerous national and international artists, covering a range of styles from authentic Cuban music to Latin jazz, Salsa, Rock and beyond. In 1995, Orestes earned a Grammy nomination for the groundbreaking album Ritmo y Candela alongside fellow Cuban percussion legends Carlos “Patato” Valdez and José Luis Quintana “Changuito,” and has graced the Grammy-winning albums of Cuban bassist/composer and original Mambo King Israel “Cachao” López

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AA.VV.: Salsa de la Bahia vol 2, Hoy Y Ayer

Read "Salsa de la Bahia vol 2, Hoy Y Ayer" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A distanza di un anno dal primo volume, esce il secondo capitolo della raccolta dedicata alla Salsa e al Latin jazz di San Francisco. Se il primo raccoglieva gruppi e incisioni del periodo 2000-2010 stavolta il curatore Wayne Wallace documenta gli anni dal 1980 al 2000, più una puntata sull'attualità, dal 2010 al 2013. Non a ...

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AA.VV.: Salsa de la bahia

Read "Salsa de la bahia" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La musica di questo strepitoso doppio album è il soundtrack del documentario The Last Mambo di Rita Hargraves, uscito da poco. Consulente artistico della regista è stato Wayne Wallace, trombonista, arrangiatore e figura centrale sulla scena latina in California. Quando si parla della relazione tra jazz e musiche latine il pensiero va immediatamente alla ...

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John Santos: Keeper of the Culture

Read "John Santos: Keeper of the Culture" reviewed by Steve Bryant

In a career spanning almost 40 years, percussionist John Santos has gained world-wide renown and acclaim as one of the great composers and bandleaders in the Afro-Cuban jazz idiom. The four-time Grammy nominee is one of the foremost proponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today, known for his innovative use of its traditional musical forms ...

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Miguel Zenon: Celebrating the Music of La Isla

Read "Miguel Zenon: Celebrating the  Music of La Isla" reviewed by Steve Bryant

For the last decade, saxophonist Miguel Zenón has distinguished himself as one of the most innovative and creative musicians in the modern jazz idiom. The Puerto Rican-born altoist accomplished this feat by reaching back to the musical and cultural traditions of his island. On groundbreaking recordings such as Jibaro (Marsalis Music, 2005) and Esta Plena (Marsalis ...

Its About Time

Label: Rafca Records
Released: 2009


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