the New York salsa revolution 1968-1985Music CD - 2010 | Spanish
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For those of you looking for an introduction into the great Salsa sounds that Fania,the latin label extraordinaire have produced, you could do a lot worse than pick up a copy of Strut's new compilation 'Salsa Explosions!'
Jammed packed with Latin Legends such as Willie Colon, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri and many more. This juicy platter handpicked from the Fania catalogue is a treasure trove of towering tunes that will have any party in full swing mode.
The tempo is high on the first handful of tunes, the piano monotonous, brimming and horns wailing. It's not until the Joe Cuba's sextet 'Do you Feel it' with its wonderfully insistent and slow descending chord pattern that things change and the sexiest of downbeat salsa seduces you into a slower groove, mellow and mellifluous, like a sultry summer's evening. Joyous!
There's plenty of variety here too, nice to hear a overoptimistic version of Oscar Brown jnr's 'Brother, Where Are You' by Ralfi Pagan - a forgotten gem given a spruce up for the dance floor with the highest trumpets and silky tenor sax that only the best NYC musicians can offer. Classy stuff muchacha!
Stick this on during the long winter months ahead and dream of sunnier climes, Strut have unleashed a monster, viva el revolution!
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