A Havana Swing, but by a Venezuelan group of the 90s – one who do a great job of bringing in plenty of warmer salsa modes to the set! The music does a great job of combining traditional percussion with some jazzier touches on alto and tenor sax – often used in tandem with these soaring passages that dip and turn nicely next to the keyboards – which are handled by Julio Font, who also does arrangements and directs the group! Victor Romero is the leader, and delivers well-crafted vocals throughout – on titles that include "Termometro De Amor", "Soy Guajiro", "Que Manera De Quererte", "Se Fue", "El Breve Espacio", and a cool Latin remake of "Baby I Love Your Way". CD
A great album from Cheche Mendoza and his Los Satelites combo – a group who first formed in the 60s, but who were really hitting their stride by the time of this record! The combo hail from Venezuela, and have a vibe that's nicely different than some of the New York and Puerto Rican groups of the time – maybe a slight touch of Colombia in the rhythms, although the piano and trumpet lines are definitely in an early salsa mode – served up in a small group style that's definitely inherited from the Joe Cuba Sextet, but taken in a nice new direction. Vocals are by Mauricio Conde and Cheche himself – and the group features piano from Nano Ladera, trombone from Cesar Monges, and trumpet from Cesar Fuentes. Titles include "Hochum", "Sufre Y Goza", "Pensando En Ti", "Este Tipo No Este En Na", "Doce Cascabeles", "Satelite Jala Jala", "El Tostao", and "El Triunfo". LP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderful record from this cool combo from Venezuela – young, tight, and full of energy throughout on this late 60s set – almost as if they were taking cues from the New York scene, but also serving up some of their own groove too! There's still some older pachanga elements in the mix, but those are blended with more of the sharper groove of the mod 60s combo years – in a lineup that mixes trombone with violin, flute, and some mighty nice piano from leader Nelson Gonzalez! Titles include the smoking "Descarga Boogaloo" – plus "Guaguanco En Mi", "Pachanga Juap", "Nelson Swing", "Tongolelel", "Danzon De Caracas", "La Ra La La", and "Ki Ki Ri Ki". LP, Vinyl record album
A set recorded 20 years into the history of this great Venezuelan group – but one that still shows them very much at the top of their game – working in a style that mixes salsa with more contemporary rhythms from their nearby scenes – often moving at a clip that's even faster than some of the Colombian cumbia records of the period! The group sport a twin team of reed players – saxophonists Berto Tavero and Dwight Arroyo, both of whom stick tight next to each other as they dip and turn in the grooves – and vocals are from Aneudi Diaz, Javish Victoria, and pianist Chucky Acosta, who also handles arrangements. Titles include "Volvere", "Con El Palito En La Mano", "Son De La Loma", "El Que No Llora No Ama", "Hasta Aqui Te Trajo El Rio", "La Llorona Loca", and "Nuestro Amor Se Esta Muriendo". CD
Ray Perez Y Los Dementes —
El Milagro ... CD Discomoda, 2000. New Copy ...
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Ray Perez works here with a number of different singers – including Domingo Claro, Carlin Rodriguez, and Teo Hernandez – yet weaves their vocals into a nicely unified set that features plenty of piano and keyboards from Perez next to some especially nice percussion! The group has a nice lean sound – not really the full horn section for most salsa albums of this vintage, which really lets the full expressive quality of the singers come to the forefront – almost making for a more personal sort of session, while still keeping up a salsa-styled groove. Titles include "Canta Gaitero", "El Milagro", "Catalina", "Laura P", "Mexico 7", "Aqui Estoy De Nuevo", and "Convergencia". CD
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