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Sunday Salsa: Important New Titles
Reviews to Follow Shortly. Audio Clips Ready Now.

We received a great batch of new and reissued titles this week. A ton of great salsa from Puerto Rico, with a strong showing from Colombia, too. Reviews to follow. In the meantime, listen to the audio clips!

EL MAESTRO SEDA - LUIS SEDA AYALA / Como Yo Queria
PELUSA & LA BANDA CARAMBA / Escuela De La Salsa
CONJUNTO PUERTO RICO / Ahora Es Mi Tiempo
WITO COLÓN / Ahora Es Mi Tiempo
ERVIN "EL BORICUA" ROSARIO / De Corazón
SETENTA / Funky Tumbao
THE ORCHESTRA SOLEDAD / Let's Go - Vamonos
WAYNE WALLACE / To Hear From There
ORQUESTA EXPOSE / Orquesta Expose 1, Canta Louis Melendez
CHAMACO RIVERA / Chamaco
ORQUESTA LA MODERNA OF NEW YORK / Orquesta La Moderna Of New York
...and more. Read on.


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EL MAESTRO SEDA - LUIS SEDA AYALA
Como Yo Queria - CD
LESA/Luis Seda Ayala
Originally released: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA; PUERTO RICO
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PELUSA & LA BANDA CARAMBA
Escuela De La Salsa - CD
Global/Fuentes (original import)
Originally released: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA COLOMBIA; COLOMBIA
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CONJUNTO PUERTO RICO
Asi Es... invitado Especial Rafu Warner - CD
Conjunto Puerto Rico/Del Campo Records
Originally released: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA; PUERTO RICO
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WITO COLÓN
Ahora Es Mi Tiempo - CD
WJ Records
Originally released: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA; PUERTO RICO
EditorsPick: Puerto Rican salsa in top form. Review to follow shortly. (BP)
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ERVIN "EL BORICUA" ROSARIO
De Corazón - CD
El Boricua
Originally released: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA; PUERTO RICO
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SETENTA
Funky Tumbao - CD
Hot Casa / Fat Beats (original import)
Originally released: 2010
Category: LATIN SOUL/BOOGALOO; LATIN SOUL, BOOGALOO; FRANCE
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EDGAR JOEL
Pa' La Historia - CD
Sony/Tropisounds
Originally released: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
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QUINTETO CRIOLLO
La Trova De Siempre - CD
Colibri (original import)
Originally released: 2010
Category: SALSA/SON; SON, GUARACHA, GUAJIRA; CUBA
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MARIO ROSABAL
Soy Del Caribe - CD
Chabine Prod (original import)
Originally released: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SON, GUARACHA, GUAJIRA; CUBA
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THE ORCHESTRA SOLEDAD
Let's Go - Vamonos - CD
Rareza Music (original import)
Reissued: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
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WAYNE WALLACE
To Hear From There - Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet - CD
Patois Records
Originally released: 2011
Category: LATIN JAZZ; LATIN JAZZ
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ORQUESTA EXPOSE
Orquesta Expose 1, Canta Louis Melendez - CD
Rareza Music (original import)
Reissued: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
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CHAMACO RIVERA
Chamaco - CD
Zebra (original import)
Reissued: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
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NESTOR SANCHEZ
Nestor Sanchez - CD
Zebra (original import)
Originally released: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
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ARTURO SANDOVAL
Tumbaito - CD
Connector
Reissued: 2005
Category: LATIN JAZZ; LATIN JAZZ
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ORQUESTA LA MODERNA OF NEW YORK
Orquesta La Moderna Of New York - CD
Rareza Music (original import)
Reissued: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA: CLASSIC 1960s or 1970s NEW YORK
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YOEL DIAZ CUBAN JAZZ SESSION
Ecuentros - B.B.Q. Con Son - CD
Artic/DIstribution Select (original import)
Originally released: 2010
Category: LATIN JAZZ; LATIN JAZZ
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ALDEMARO ROMERO
Mona Bell Y Aldemaro Romero: La Onda Nueva En Mexico - CD
Vampi Soul (original import)
Originally released: 1970
Reissued: 2007
Category: WORLD LATIN; WORLD LATIN
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MICHEL CAMILO
Mano A Mano - CD
Universal
Originally released: 2011
Category: LATIN JAZZ; LATIN JAZZ
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VARIOUS ARTISTS
Salsa De Los '70's Para Enamorados - CD
Fuentes (original import)
Originally released: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA COLOMBIA; COLOMBIA
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VARIOUS ARTISTS
Salsa Mundial: 2 CDs Plus Bonus Karaoke DVD (3 Disk Set) - CD
Fuentes (original import)
Originally released: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
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FANIA ALL STARS
Our Latin Thing DVD - DVD
Fania Codigo
Originally released: 1971
Reissued: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA: CLASSIC 1960s or 1970s NEW YORK
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JOE ARROYO
Canta Joe: In Memoriam - CD
Global/Fuentes (original import)
Originally released: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA COLOMBIA; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: Homenaje a Joe Arroyo: With Arroyo, Fruko, The Latin Brothers. (BP)
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TRIO MATAMOROS
La Leyenda Del Son DVD - DVD
Mundo Latino (original import)
Originally released: 2006
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; CUBA
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VARIOUS ARTISTS
Electric Cowbell Presents: 101 Things To Do In Bongolia - CD
Electric Cowbell
Originally released: 2011
Category: DANCE TRADITIONS; TROPICAL DANCE: VARIOUS
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BIO RITMO
La Verdad (Vinyl LP Version + Free Digital Download Code) - LP
Fatbeats/Electric Cowbell
Originally released: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
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VARIOUS ARTISTS
The Roots Of Chicha - Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru (Vinyl LP - 2 LP Set, Gatefold Plus Full Color 11x11 20 Page Booklet) - LP
Barbés
Originally released: 2011
Category: CUMBIA/VALLENATO; CUMBIA/VALLENATO; PERU
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RECENT TOP PICKS
8 Y MAS
Que Mas - CD
8 Y Mas
Originally released: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: Oomph! New York salsa is back, big time, and it's called 8 y Más! This city's best players decided to show the world some muscle, and they ain't kidding. Produced by Bobby Allende (congas), Marc Quiñones (timbal) and Arturo Ortiz (piano), who make up the core rhythm section here, this absolute gem of a release has been anticipated for some time. In fact, it has been five years since their previous release, the hugely successful sizzler Juega Billar. And while the esteemed Frankie Vazquez starred as lead singer then, this time around we have the equally amazing Eddie Rosado. Guest singers include former Conjunto Libre member Herman Olivera ("Llanto de Cocodrillo") as well as Eva Ayllón ("Saca la Mano"). While there is a smattering of original compositions here -- check the swing and groove on the Willie Torres composition "Dices Que Tu Bailas" -- the team takes on some iconic classics like Willie Colón's "Timbalero" and the Eddie Palmieri/Ismael Quintana anthem "Puerto Rico." Also with bassists Jose Tabares and Ruben Rodriguez, trombonists Pablo Santaela and Victor Baro, trumpter Maneco Ruiz. The coro section is filled out with Willie Ruiz, Johnny Rivera, Grizel Del Valle, in addition to Rosado, Ortiz, Quiñones and Allende. Now this is exciting: Salsa just doesn't get better than this, folks. Very Highly Recommended. (BP)
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DAVID CALZADO Y SU CHARANGA HABANERA
Acabaito De Nacer - CD
Egrem (original import)
Originally released: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; TIMBA; CUBA
EditorsPick: It's here: The brand spanking new Cuban timba release by the pioneering David Calzado y Su Charanga Habanera! Calzado made huge waves when he released the groundbreaking Hey You, Loca back in 1994, and he's been rocking the boat ever since. This is the band who helped to define timba as we know it -- and that's no small feat. On this incredible session, another timba superstar, Paulo F.G., is a guest singer in addition to singers Lázaro Maya, Junior Pedraza, Dantes Cardoso, Aned Mota, Heikel Valdés, Dairan Perdomo, El Príncipe, and, of course, David Calzado. Very Highly Recommended.

Llevará el nombre “Acabaito de Nacer”. Dicho título está inspirado en que el sentir de la orquesta es el mismo de hace veinte y dos años cuando se fundó, según comenta el propio David Calzado. Será el álbum número 14 de la orquesta y estará producido por David y Juan Manuel Ceruto. El álbum tendrá una línea muy bailable y reflejará en sus letras lo que ocurre a diario en las calles de Cuba, al igual que el disco “La Carátula”. Entre los títulos que incluirá están algunos ya conocidos como promocionales como: “Preso de Amor” y “Ni soñando serás como yo” ft. El Micha; así como también “No te creas”, que habla de músicos que no han estudiado y llegan a la popularidad pero sin humildad, y el que le da nombre al disco “Acabaito de Nacer”. - Aseretimba.blogspot.com
(BP)
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BIO RITMO
La Verdad - CD
Fatbeats/Electric Cowbell
Originally released: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: Of all of the working salsa bands today, there are only a few who transcend the conventions established 40 some odd years ago. Bio Ritmo is one of those few post-modern orchestras that turn things a bit sideways. With arrangments that stretch and twist, creative use of electronics, a bit of swanky boogaloo, retro-cool and surreal organ riffs, a touch of dance-trance-world-funk, they mash it all up. Think Eddie Palmieri's trombone based La Perfecta, throw in a bit of James Bond, shades of Zappa's Hot Rats instrumentalism, and, although they might wink at the knowing listener, they jam like hell. They're smart, but definitely not at the expense of the music: very hip, and very danceable. There are gems here, especially the pristine "Dina's Mambo," but it's all primo stuff that should be at the top of your grab bag. Salsa modernism at its very best. DJ Alert and Very Highly Recommended. (BP)
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ALFREDITO RIVERA
...Hecho A La Medida - CD
Van Lester Music Works
Originally released: 2011
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: Jeez! Look at the lineup here and you might think we have a new Héctor Lavoe release. "Profesor" Joe Torres on piano, conguero Milton Cardona, bongocero Jose Mangual Jr., Lewis Kahn on trombone and violin, coroistas Adalberto Santiago and Nestor Sanchez... holy moly! Is this even possible? The tracks, good old school salsa, certainly have that Lavoe-Colón feel (with this band, how could it not?), and were all penned by Van Lester and feature arrangements by Angel Nieves, Maximo Torres and Juan Rivera.
Singer Van Lester has a new production company, and this project by vocalist Alfredito Rivera (singer for Colorado's Conjunto Colores) is one of his company's first releases. However, I wonder if this project was, in fact, on the shelf and just now released. Didn't the great Nestor Sanchez pass in 2003? If anybody out there knows more about the making of this release, please feel free to email. Could be a collector's type of item.
(BP)
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JERRY GONZALEZ
Jerry González Y El Comando De La Clave - CD
Sunnyside (original import)
Originally released: 2011
Category: LATIN JAZZ; LATIN JAZZ
EditorsPick: Trumpet player and conguero Jerry Gonzalez has spent his whole career taking risks, and as a result, he has contributed some extremely exciting music to the Latin jazz world... Gonzalez and his brother Andy became core figures on the New York scene, playing with Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Palmieri, and the most important figures in the burgeoning salsa scene. The brothers held legendary jam sessions in their house, and their preference for experimentation led to the formation of Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino... Along with legendary timbalero Manny Oquendo, the brothers put together Libre, one of the heaviest hitting salsa bands in the history of the music. While all these groups utilized elements of jazz, Gonzalez still longed for a pure outlet for his connection to hard bop and beyond...the formation of fhe Fort Apache Band. Unforgettable albums like Rumba Para Monk, Earthdance, and Moliendo Cafe further cemented their legacy. After decades playing with the Fort Apache Band, Gonzalez changed direction and moved to Spain, where he actively explored a number of new musical directions... In time, he connected with a group of Cuban musicians who had also made Spain their home - pianist Javier Masso “Caramelo,” bassist Alaín Perez, and drummer Kiki Ferrer. He deemed the new group El Comando de la Clave and released a phenomenal recording that shows new sides of the established trumpet player constantly being prodded into exposure. (Excerpted from Latin Jazz Corner) (Chip Boaz)
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ALEJANDRO Y SUS ONIX
Vengo Calentico - CD
Colibri (original import)
Originally released: 2010
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA CUBANA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Here's a surpise find! Singer and sax player Alejandro Sanchez offers a perfect mix of strong in-the-pocket pop salsa with relentlessly hard Cuban timba. Listen to "Mi Cachumbambé," "La Super Buena," and "Como Le Gusta Lo Goza" to get a sense of the perfect range here. This is sophisticated stuff, with big arms to embrace a worldly audience. "Bajando Pa' Veracruz" and "Vengo Calentico" both make fine use of Pan Carribean styles that reference bomba and other flavors. The final track, "Fiesta Al Son" would make Adalberto Alvarez smile. It rocks. Superb arrangements by Sanchez, who is joined by singers Mayela Fernandez, Luis A. Chávez "Wicho," Silvio Perez and Angel Alvarez. Major stuff, and a Best of 2011 contender. Very Highly Recommended. (BP)
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