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New LP Rumba EnsembleMontvale Rumba ... CD
Latin Percussion Ventures, 2002. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A great follow-up to some of the Latin Percussion jam sessions of the late 70s – a recent recording, but one that really retains a classic vibe! The session takes the same approach as the older ones – pulling together a core batch of well-matched musicians, and letting them jam in the studio – often in ways that have more traditional elements than straight salsa, but which also have an open flow that's very contemporary, too. Most tracks are nice and long – building up from spare rhythmic elements, then filling in the groove – and although there's some chorus vocals on the record, most of the energy comes from the small group of percussionists, which includes Luisito Quintero, Roman Diaz, Pedro Martinez, and Little Johnny Rivero. Titles include "Yambu Rengue", "La Loma De Belen", "Skin Columbia", "Mamita", "Antillana", "Something Crazy", "Remember This", and "Gerigonza". CD
 
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MachitoMucho Mucho Machito ... LP
United Artists, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A tight little Machito album from the 60s – produced by Leroy Holmes, and done with a bit more punch than some of his other records from the time! The format's similar to other Machito sessions – in that some tracks have Machtio singing with a larger backing group, and others focus on more romantic styles from Graciela – making for a fully-rounded session that really shows off the ensemble's talents. The standout cut is "Tanga", a really hard-swinging mambo title with some driving percussion and fierce horn parts – and other titles include "Baja Del Caballo", "Yo Soy La Rumba", "Asi No Se Quiere A Nadie", and "Entre Juantio Y Jose". LP
 
 
 
 



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