Elia Y Elizabeth —
Alegria ... LP Zeida/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
A totally wonderful little set from the Colombian scene of the early 70s – very different than most other music of that place at the time – and with this sunny, groovy vibe that's got a very universal appeal! Elia and Elizabeth sing in Spanish, and harmonize over these bouncy backings from Jimmy Salcedo, who mixes funky currents with these sort of post-bossa styles – a lot like some of the coolest work that was coming out of Brazil at the start of the 70s – nicely sophisticated, but always very groovy! Titles include "Caminante Soy", "Senor Manuel", "Alegria", "La Gran Cuidad", "Mis 32 Dientes", "Se Oculta El Sol Muere Una Flor", "Y Cae La Lluvia", "En Los Dias En Que Era Demasiado Joven", and "Buscandonos". LP, Vinyl record album
Elia and Elizabeth look wonderfully sweet on the cover, and they sound wonderfully sweet within – harmonizing nicely over a set of arrangements that are filled with all sorts of really cool and groovy elements! The pair get great help from arranger Jimmy Salcedo, whose La Onda Tres combo backs them up – often using a lot of electric piano, organ, and slightly funky rhythms in the background – which makes the whole thing sounds fantastic, no matter what the voices might bring in! Yet fortunately, the gals are pretty great too – sounding full-on, but fragile at the same time – on titles that include "Juan Torres", "Todo En La Vida", "Libre", "Fue Un Lagrima", "En Donde Esta", "Pesadilla", and "Soy Una Nube". LP, Vinyl record album
A rare Colombian set from Juan Pina and his tight little group – a record with the same sort of bold, youthful vibe as Juan's image on the cover! The music's not really cumbia, but has some elements of that style in the rhythms – which are mixed with instrumentation that would be more at home in a New York salsa session – complete with tight horn charts that really pack a lot of punch, and which provide jazzy accompaniment next to the lead vocals! There's a few really strong breakout percussion moments – nice and lean, where other elements drop out – and the record bubbles over with a young fire, on titles that include "Negro Con Salsa", "Chana", "Juan Manuel", "Mi Plegaria", "De Colombia Pa Venezuela", "Cumbia Y Porro", "Pajaro Maluco", and "Virgenes Del Sol". LP, Vinyl record album
Colombian group La Pesada only cut this one record in the 70s, but its members have a long legacy in work with some of the biggest artists on the scene – including a fair bit of instrumental time backing up the legendary Fruko! This set's got a warmly collaborative vibe – jazzy salsa at its best, but touched with some of the unusual rhythms and stylistic experiments that could often make Colombian work such a refreshing change from the more rigid modes of New York – served up here with a title that references the group's pianist and arranger, Tomate, and vocalist Hugo Alandette. Other instrumentation includes trumpet, flute, trombone, and violin – and titles include "La Sigio Queriendo", "Pa Cali", "Eres", "Angel Sonando", "Tomate", "94593", "Cumbia Y Tambo", and "Lagrimas Y Lluvia". LP, Vinyl record album