Roberto Fonseca —
ABUC ... CD Impulse, 2016. New Copy ...
One of the most hard-hitting albums we've ever heard from pianist Roberto Fonseca – a set that deeply digs back into an older Afro-Cuban sound – as you might guess from the title's backward-spelling of Cuba! The music here is surprisingly rich and full – not just Cuban flavoring on jazz piano lines, but a well-conceived, fully-formed approach that mixes Roberto's fierce piano lines with larger percussion and horns, and some very strong acoustic bass from Yandy Martinez – which really drives the harder-grooving songs in a great way! We're often a bit suspicious of projects like this, but we're totally in love with this record – as there's a vibe that's at once respectful of the classics, but totally brand-new – and produced to perfection, without any fakeness or gimmicks at all. Titles include "Soul Guardians", "Sagrado Corazon", "Family", "Tierra Santa", "Tumbao De La Unidad", "Afro Mambo", and "Asere Monina Bonco". CD
Fantastic work from Zelia Fonseca – singer, songwriter, and acoustic guitarist – working here in a special space that reminds us of some of our favorite female talents from the Brazilian scene of the 60s and 70s! The sound isn't bossa, nor any sort of easy mode to label – a bit like Joyce in that Fonseca has created a special style of her own, one so unique, we'll beg her pardon for trying to use Joyce as a reference point in anything but the positive presence of her music. Instrumentation is relatively spare on most numbers – a bit of additional acoustic bass, percussion, or other elements – but even these small additions resonate beautifully, thanks to the power of Zelia in the lead – and the wonderfully resonant style of recording. Titles include "No Ar", "Coracao Abelha", "Fora Da Rede", "Amoramento", "Trilha Do Mel", and "Baile Do Desassossego". CD
Fantastic tracks from two ultra-rare labels from the New York scene – the Latin Soul empire Speed Records, and the super-tight Fonseca label – which provided a real mainline to Puerto Rican grooves at the time! Both labels cut some of the hardest-hitting Latin tracks of the time – music that was often rawer and more unbridled than material for other indies, like Tico or Fania – and the tracks here are from some of the obscure albums issued by both imprints, and some even-rare 7" singles – all with an upbeat groove, and a sound that's much more the Latin groove of the streets uptown, instead of the bigger ballrooms down in midtown. Titles include "Descarga Los Bravos" by Kent Gomez, "Asi Asi Descarga" by Mike Hernandez & Su Sonora Casino, "El Bembe" by Terrible Frankie Nieves, "Milton's Jala Jala" by Milton Zapata, "Palos Bravos De St John" by Orquesta Oliveri, "Yemaja" by Kent Gomez, "Palacio Descarga" by Danny Palacios, and "Melao Melaito" by Orquesta Oliveri. LP, Vinyl record album
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Willie Rodriguez —
Mi Montuno ... LP Fonseca/Andale, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Willie Rodriguez at his 60s best – driving his combo with a fire and fury that few other Latin leaders could match! The grooves here are raw and tight, right from the start – a recasting of Cuban descarga modes into an even tighter combo setting – with percussion leading the way on just about every cut, topped with some sweet horn solos and vocals by a young and soulful Adalberto Santiago! The album's a real shining jewel in the early catalog of Fonseca Records – and titles include "Mi Montuno", "Mozambique", "Cimarron", "Colorin Colorado", "El Ritmo Lo Traigo Yo", and "Monte Adentro". LP, Vinyl record album
Willie Rodriguez with Leo Casino —
Heat Wave ... LP Fonseca/Andale, 1965. New Copy (reissue)...
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Excellent rare album from Willie Rodriguez with Leo Casino – a tight mix of Latin Soul, descarga, and salsa tracks that hit hard from the start and don't let up! Rodriguez leads a great band, and they're joined by vocalist Casino some of the tracks – with tunes that have an uncommon, heated intensity without sacrificing the groove – some of it with the feel of an after hours session full of players just hit with a mighty second wind, and others that are just straight up tirelessly driven. The whole set cooks really nicely! Titles include "Dig It", "Descarga DJ", "Pussycat Bugaloo", "Simon", A Mi Negra". "Golden Bugaloo", and "Chickie's Choice". LP, Vinyl record album
A very nice batch of fusion tracks – issued here in a Japanese-only album – with the requisite Brazilian touches you'd expect from the title! The record features some great guest work on trumpet – either by Terumasa Hino or Shunzo Ono, both of whom are some of Japan's greatest players on the instrument – and the rest of the group includes Claudio Celso on guitar, Dudaca Fonseca on drums, Alfredo Cardim on piano, and David Sacks on trombone. All tracks are originals, and the horn solos are especially strong – much more firey than usual for this sort of record. Titles include "De Repente", "Vento", "Divagando", "Contelacao", and "Festa De Sao Joao". LP, Vinyl record album
Marisa Monte, Paulinho Da Viola, Joel De Nasciment —
Cafe Brasil ... CD Teldec, 2001. Used ...
A collaboration between old and new talents in a rediscovery of the choro tradition in Brazilian music – featuring vocals by the likes of Marisa Monte, Leila Pinheiro, Ademilde Fonseca, Joao Bosco, and Martinho Da Vila, plus instrumentation by Sivuca, Carlos Malta, Paulo Sergio Santos, and Conjunto Epoca De Ouro. Titles include "Noites Cariocas", "Onde Andaras", "Jamais", "Bionne", "Mariana", "Galo Garnize", and "Titulos De Nobreza". CD
The lovely sound of Quarteto Em Cy never fails to please our ears – that sublime female harmony mode the quartet first forged during the bossa generation, and which has continued to evolve so strongly over the years! This album's a thing of subtle beauty – never overdone, never trying too hard to push its own strengths – yet always served up with the care and confidence that's always marked the group. They never hide behind their harmonies, and always manage to bring each of their four individual senses to play when they sing together – which makes for music that's as moving as it is beautiful. Features guest appearances by Carlos Lyra, Celso Fonseca, Cristovao Bastos, and Zelia Duncan – on titles that include "O Negicio E Amar", "Mudanca De Lua", "Futuros Amantes", "Vim Dizer Que Sim", "Samba Torto", "Tristeza E Solidao", and "Cartas Da Vida". CD
A rare 80s set from Astrud Gilberto – cut at a time when she was hardly doing any new recording at all! As you'll guess from the title, the album has Gilberto teaming up with German groovemaker James Last – who handles all the orchestrations for the record, and shows a surprising sensitivity towards Astrud's bossa styles in his music. Last can sometimes be a bit over the top, but he's quite subtle here – leaving lots of room for Gilberto's sweetly sensitive vocals, and the music of her core combo, which features Romero Lubambo on guitar and Dudu Da Fonseca on percussion. Paulo Jobim guests on vocals and guitar on a few tracks – and titles include "Aqua De Beber", "Champagne & Caviar", "Samba Do Soho", and "Saci". CD
Stunning sounds from Willie Rodriguez – easily one of the hardest, heaviest leaders on the 60s scene in New York! The record is a live one, but has the focus and intensity of Willie's best studio work for Fonseca – red hot grooves that are a fusion of Willie's Puerto Rican roots with some of the best pre-salsa modes of the time – a vibe that's a lot like the Joe Cuba Sextet at their best, with blistering piano and percussion in the rhythms, and some tight trumpet soaring out over the top! There's a few mellower tracks, but most numbers are groovers – and titles include "Gua Guanco #1", "Dolor Y Pena", "La Mulata Mariana", "Dame Un Chance", "El Velorio", "Ruby", and the great "Descarga". LP, Vinyl record album