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Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours: From The Badlands

Read "From The Badlands" reviewed by Chip Boaz

Poet Lola Rodriguez del Tio declared Puerto Rico and Cuba as “two wings of the same bird, yet many people lose sight of Puerto Rico's musical contributions. Numerous Latin jazz musicians hold Puerto Rican heritage, yet most songs mix jazz harmonies with Cuban rhythms. New York Puerto Rican musicians applied their identities to traditional dance music, ...

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Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours: Carnival In San Juan

Read "Carnival In San Juan" reviewed by Jim Santella

This hot Latin treat is a steaminng portion of Afro-Caribbean jazz that reflects the specific cultural elements found in Puerto Rico. Trombonist Papo Vazquez wrote most of the selections and interprets them with a little help from some wildly enthusiastic friends. Vazquez, Willie Williams, Arturo O’Farrill, John Benitez and Victor Jones form the ...


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