Ismael Rivera con Cortijo Y SuCombo —
Bienvenido/Welcome ... CD Tico, Late 60s. New Copy ...
Around November 1, 2014 (delayed)
Hard Puerto Rican Latin, with added arrangements by Tito Puente, sure to please the New York crowd! Rivera's vocals are excellent, as always, and Cortijo's firey group has always been his greatest backup. Titles include "Bomba Ae", "Sinbad El Marino", "Los Vaqueros", "Borinquen", and "Ding Ding Dong Dong". CD
Killer Latin sounds from the 70s Spanish scene – and a record that would be much more at home in the New York scene of the 60s! The percussion is very lively – in a way that takes us back to the sound of Cortijo's combo in the 60s – and is mixed with a sweet range of salsa flourishes on saxes and trumpets, and held together with some great electric bass work too! A few tunes bring in a slight South American flourish, but in ways that seem to illustrate a wider Latin vision from Ramoncito – and titles include "Severa", "Dejalo Que Suba", "Avisale A Mi Compay", "Plechanga", "Con La Punta Del Pie", and a sweet version of "Che Che Cole". LP, Vinyl record album
Cortijo's style is always filled with "ritmo" – especially at this point in his career – that lively, youthful stretch when his combo just couldn't miss! The groove here gets going right from the start – with a focus much more on the bottom end of the music than you'd hear from lots of other 60s Latin groups – an almost-gritty approach that certainly helped set the scene for the Latin Soul generation to come, if not the 70s salsa scene too! Titles include "El Zapato", "La Llave", "No Puedo Mas", "El Barbero", "Lo Dijo Cortijo", "El Nene Lo Tengo Yo", and "La Timadora" – a "ritmo oriza" that has a really rootsy groove! CD