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Descarga Review: Important New Titles...
ORLANDO ORTIZ & KARIBE MAMBO ORCHESTRA
JOSÉ NOVOA CON LA CABEZA LOCA
ORQUESTA BORINQUEN
RUMBEROS DEL CALLEJÓN
JIMMY URBINA Y SU ORQUESTA REVOLUCION 70 ...and MUCH more!

ORLANDO ORTIZ & KARIBE MAMBO ORCHESTRA
At Full Swing
OOK Music / CD
Originally released: 2012
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: Produced by Willy Torres (and DJ Henry Knowles as Executive Producer), this fireball of salsa is a new Must-Have for your dance playlist. DJ Alert! Marcos Bermúdez (Spanish Harlem Orchestra) is included a one of the primo coroistas here. The band is joined by guests Bobby Allende (8 y Más) and Richie Bastar (El Grand Combo) on a few tracks, too. Here, folks, is some major swing. Do not hesitate, this one is Very Highly Recommended.
"Here we have my buddy Orlando Ortiz, former lead singer of the New Swing Sextet, who is now doing his own thing with his new group Karibe Mambo. His first single "Marcame El Pasito" will definitely fill the dance floors all around the Salsa Nations. Orlando sent me two promos which he composed and I had a hard time deciding which track I should use for my review. Both tracks are awesome and this being so I can't wait until I get my copy of the his new CD "At Full Swing". I highly recommend this CD, and this is a definite add to your salsa collection. Yo, DJs, wake up and don't fall asleep on this hot production. Reviewed By: DJ Walter B Nice for NewGenSalsa
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JOSÉ NOVOA CON LA CABEZA LOCA
Novoa Con La Cabeza Loca (feat. Victor Manuelle, Jerry Rivas, NG2)
Jose Novoa / CD
Originally released: 2012
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA; PUERTO RICO
EditorsPick: Just in! With guests Victor Manuelle, Jerry Rivas, NG2. Listen to some of these killer tracks here. José Novoa nació en el pueblo de Hatillo, Puerto Rico. Desde pequeño le gustó la música, en especial la Tropical (el género de la Salsa). A sus 13 años de edad ya cantaba en un trío que se reuinía en la Plaza de Hatillo a realizar bohemias. Desde ese entonces ya José Novoa cantaba con ellos y así fué como comensó su interés por la musica. A sus 15 años de edad, se integro a la Orquesta "La Conquista" dirijida por el Profesor Enrique (KiKE) Collet. De ahí pertenesió a la Orquesta de Papo Sánchez. José Novoa, cantó con "Orquesta Café" (del Señor Carrión), también estuvo cantando con la Orquesta de "Jesús Cepeda" y su grupo ABC. Novoa realizó su primera producción discográfica titulada "Novoa Con La Salsa de Puerto Rico" y hasta el presente realizando su segunda produccción discográfica titulada "Novoa Con La Cabeza Loca". (label)
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ORQUESTA BORINQUEN
Lo Mejor De Orquesta Borinquen
MVP / CD
Originally released: 2012
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA; PUERTO RICO
EditorsPick: The original Orquesta Borinquen (not to be confused with the Bay Area band of the same ), the same band that had albums out on Bobby Valentin's Bronco label (1977) and TTH (1980). This compilation of salsa-guanguancó tracks is comprised of the best from those releases. With singer Norberto Rolón and coroistas Nelson de Jesus and Elliot Romero. Prized by collectors and DJs, this is a welcome addition. Highly Recommended. (Audio clips to follow shortly.) (BP)
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RUMBEROS DEL CALLEJÓN
Construyendo
Rumberos Del Callejon / CD
Originally released: 2012
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: Very Highly Recommended.
Después de una larga espera, vuelven los Rumberos del Callejón, con su segunda producción titulada CONSTRUYENDO. Excelente producto cargado de swing y sabor, especialmente creado para el bailador, donde se demuestra con creces, porque son una de las mejores orquestas venezolanas, dirigida magistralmente por el talentoso percusionista Carlitos Padrón, quien engrosa la lista de los venezolanos que triunfa dentro y fuera de nuestras fronteras.
La producción fue grabada en estudios de Venezuela, New York y Puerto Rico, con la participación de músicos de la más alta calidad entre los que destacan Nelson Jaime, Arturo Ortíz, Isidro Infante, Alberto Crespo, Ramón Sánchez, José Tavares, Rubén Rodríguez, Jacob Plasse, Robert Quintero, Erick Vélez, Celso Clemente, Ray Colón, Pablo Santaella, José Cruz, Manuel Ruiz, Iván Renta. Es oportuno destacar la participación de dos importantes Soneros Invitados, el venezolano Marcial Isturiz "El Negro de Capaya", y Frankie Morales, quien fuera cantante de la prestigiosa banda del fallecido "Rey del Timbal" Tito Puente y que en la actualidad hace una exitosa carrera en la ciudad de New York. Los coros estuvieron a cargo de, Wilmer Lozano, Edgar "El Abuelo" Rodríguez, Rodrigo Mendoza y Eloy Rivas. Y por supuesto, el disco se llena de sabor, con las imponentes interpretaciones del tren delantero de la banda, nuestros venezolanos Mariana "La Sonera de Venezuela", el experimentado Rodrigo Mendoza, Gonzalo Díaz "La Voz Recia de la Salsa Joven" y la nueva adquisición de la banda, Osvaldo Román quien fuera la voz líder de las importantes agrupaciones, tales como Puerto Rican Power y el Grupo Niche.
En cuanto a los arreglos destacan los talentosos Alberto Crespo, Joel Uriola, Nelsón Jaime, Isidro Infante y Ramón Sánchez, todos bajo la dirección y producción musical de Carlitos Padrón, quien también es responsable de varias composiciones dentro del disco. (Salsabrava.com)
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JIMMY URBINA Y SU ORQUESTA REVOLUCION 70
40 Aniversario - La Noticia Extra: Edición de Mucha Salsa
Rumberos Del Callejon / CD
Originally released: 2012
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: That's right, folks, a NEW release by one of the famed figures of classic '70s salsa. Flautist Urbina had a handful of terrific records in the '70s on the West Side label (now part of Fania), most notably Llego La Revolucion and the followup Revolucion En N.Y. , that are now highly prized by collectors and DJs. His Revolucion 70 was one of the better, more adventurous, salsa bands in New York of that period. They generated great grooves and garnered support by special guests. Now, 40 some odd years later, Urbina is back with a fine flute framed salsa project that features the singers Angelo Pacheco, Amilcar Santiago and Doel González. Opening with the fine original composition, aptly titled No Hay Peligro De Extinción, Urbina goes on to interpret selections by Rafael Hernandez, Willie Chirino, José Quintanilla and others. He uses arrangements that have been crafted by Cuto Soto, Ramón Sanchez, Louie Ramirez, Tony Castro and other notables. Chévere! more details
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Other recent releases...
LATROPA SON
La Mañana America
Latropa Son / CD
Originally released: 2012
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: Now here's a very fine timba-salsa release from the West Coast. With all original material by bassist Liván Montoya, La Mañana America is a sack full of smoldering embers from the get-go. Opening with a rootsy Cuban rumba, a good attention grabber, Latropa Son leads you, without haste, into a set of first rate dance material full of modern timba touches, yet maintains a deep, nuanced, sabor. The band, formed in 2010, keeps the momentum intact, helped by a cadre of superb singers: Osvaldo Carvajal, Nobel Cintra Cascaret, Edgardo Cambón, Amilcar Garcia, Juan Stable, Fito Reinoso, and Sulkary Valverde (who does some amazing work on the pristine Navegando - listen to that). There are some other styles peppered about, ie the cha cha chá Amor de Cha, as well as touches of urbano, reggae, pop -- but the band has, most definitely, an Afro-Cuban timba heart that beats strong. Check out La Onda and the highly swinging, jazzy, Rezo Nuevo. Really, unusually sophisticated stuff for a debut release. I think these guys have a bright future ahead of them. Very Highly Recommended. (BP)
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ALFREDO LINARES
Salsa... A Todo Sabor
Repsychled/Lion / CD
Originally released: 1972
Reissued: 2012
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA; PERU
EditorsPick: Peruvian pianist Alfredo "Sabor" Linares is a legend—a cult figure—long recognized throughout Latin America as one of the creators of salsa music. He started out recording Afro Latin jazz in the late 60s, with two solo LPs and guest piano and arrangement work for both Coco Lagos and El Combo de Pepe. In the early 70s, he moved to Cali in Colombia, and became heavily involved in what developed into the Salsa scene. Fast forward to 2007: Linares' profile was given a boost outside of Latin America following guest piano appearances on the Quantic Soul Orchestra recordings and his show-stopping performances in their accompanying live shows. Linares' records have been published in several countries, and on many, many labels... although not always under his name. Case in point, Linares' "Salsa a Todo Sabor..." album: it was recorded in late 1972 for the IEMPSA label in Peru, and released by them in 1973; it was also released in Colombia that same year; but in the U.S. it was released (by the Audio Latino label) under the name of Madison Orchestra, and re-titled: "A Lot of Salsa—Rhythm in the Alley," with a new cover, and with two tracks removed. Not at all confusing. And the music? ...a scorching combination of danceable Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music. The rhythms of boogaloo and Latin soul are there in profusion, with the piano and bass carrying the groove. Then the rhythm changes: from boogaloo to salsa, as well as to guaracha and guaguancó. It's no exaggeration to say that the Latin percussion style of a handful of albums like this one certainly had an impact on the creation of the New York salsa scene, and the trio of trumpets adds a Puerto Rican flavor. Three singers deliver the knockout punch: Panchito Nalmy, Rolo Bernal, and Koky Palacios, singing in the style of Fania. Around the same time he recorded the "Salsa a Todo Sabor…" album, Linares recorded the 45rpm single: 'Yo no soy guapo' (I am not handsome) / 'Sujetate la lengua' (Hold on language); both sides of this... (continues)
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LA MISMA GENTE
DVD Pasado Y Presente: 30 Aniversario DVD
Global/Fuentes (original import) / DVD
Originally released: 2011
Category: DVD; SALSA COLOMBIA; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: DVD presentation of their most recent release! The esteemed Colombian salsa band is back, offering superb renditions of their greatest hits as well as a taste of completely new material that has never before been released. Jorge Herrera, leader and timbalero, formed the band in 1978. They released their first album in 1986, and, soon, with tracks like Juanita Ae, they found themselves catapulted onto the worldwide salsa stage, gaining hard-core fans all along the way. Pasado y Presente is a major work in celebration of their over 30 years as one of Colombia's most beloved salsa orchestras. Other hits represented here are "Hasta Que Llegaste," "Titico," and the killer "No Hay Carretera." The new track of note is called "La Boda De Juanita." All first class dance material with the superb vocalists Rey Calderon and Nelson Morales. Make no mistake, La Misma Gente are back, and they are better than ever. Very Highly Recommended. (BP)
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JORGE ALBERTO
A Bailar En Nueva York
Mala Records / CD
Originally released: 2012
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: This second album by Jorge Alberto “El Gallito del Son,” entitled A Bailar en Nueva York, is dedicated to the roots of Cuban son, which gave birth to modern day salsa. A Bailar en Nueva York features tracks with infectious choruses and melodies, including the song Julian, written and composed by Alexis Valdes of the Mega TV show, Esta Noche Tonight. The title track from “El Gallito’s” first album, Mi Tumbao, is included in this production, arranged in the style of a traditional, danceable son montuno. Donde esta mi Guayabera is a lively, tongue-in-cheek song extolling the virtues of coffee bean harvesting. The Guayabera is a style of shirt traditionally worn by Cubans to collect coffee beans and other harvested produce. Aqui en Mi Pueblo, made famous by the Puerto Rican salsa singer Andy Montanez, pays homage to composer Miguel Angel Amadeo and features El Gallito's unique sonero vocals. (label) (BP)
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DAVID ALVAREZ Y JUEGO DE MANOS
Clandestino
Tumi (original import) / CD
Originally released: 2012
Category: TROVA/CANCION/JIBARO; TROVA TRADICIONAL; CUBA
EditorsPick: "David Álvarez offers a cache of the bold, confessional songs of a modern troubadour. For this "dream finally realised" he brings together songs composed trova style in homage to his birthplace of Manzanillo, the region of Cuba with the strongest trova tradition, his tierra where his roots go deep. Versed in poetry, these uncensored stories of the joys and trammels of love add laúd and Cuban tres guitar to place their Caribbean core within a serenading Mediterranean sensibility, creating a modern renaissance ambience. Romance and love do not come easy, yet life remains joyful - was it not ever so...!" - Jan Fairley (Dec. 2011)

Recorded in half a dozen studios including that of Manolito Simonet as well as his own home-studio, we have 15 songs that map emotions, hopes and dreams. It's a bold narrative of having almost lost love through mis-adventure, and then the blessing of having it restored. Ay mi amor! (label) (BP)
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VARIOUS ARTISTS
Descargas Ineditas, Vol. 2
Rareza Music (original import) / CD
Originally released: 2010
Category: DANCE TRADITIONS; DESCARGAS/MAMBO
EditorsPick: Here's a big 23 track compilation of descarga jams by the likes of, El Combo Moderno, Mikel Ensenat And His Orchestra, Coco Lagos Y Sus Orates, Boncana Orquesta, Los Hilton's 1968, Angel Rene & Johnny Rodriguez, Pedro Miguel Y Sus Maracaibos and many others. Every track a smoker! Highly Recommended. (BP)
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ALBERT TORRES
The 12th Annual Los Angeles Salsa Congress: 2 DVDs - 9 Hours, 154 Performances!
Albert Torres Productions / DVD
Originally released: 2010
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: Nine hours of amazing competition salsa dancing! If you are a dancer, or just love watching the near-impossible happen, this 2 disk set is for you! (BP)
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ALBERT TORRES
The 13th Annual Los Angeles Salsa Congress: 2 DVDs - 9 Hours, 164 Performances!
Albert Torres Productions / DVD
Originally released: 2012
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: Nine hours of amazing competition salsa dancing! If you are a dancer, or just love watching the near-impossible happen, this 2 disk set is for you! (BP)
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ANGEL "CUCCO PEÑA & ERNESTO CORDERO
Bohemia Secreta
Bohemia Secreta / CD
Originally released: 2012
Category: BOLERO; BOLERO / BALADA; PUERTO RICO
EditorsPick: Angel "Cucco" Peña has produced or composed music for Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz, Chayanne and Ricky Martin among many others. Here, he is joined by guitarist Ernesto Cordero to interpret classic boleros by Bobby Capó, César Portillo de la Luz, Silvia Rexach, Chico Novarro and others.

Echando por tierra el mito de que la música clásica y la popular son imcompatibles y en un ambiente de genuina bohemia se unen dos maestros para hacer un trabajo memorable... Una buena muestra de la mejor musica romantica Latinoamericano, junto a la interpretacion acertada y sentida de Cucco y la guitara clásica con corazón de bolero de Ernesto hacen de este disco... la bohemia perfecta. - Gilberto Santa Rosa (DR)
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BOBBY RIVAS
Doble Sentido
BRP / CD
Originally released: 2002
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: (Back in stock!) Oomph! In what may be the salsa sleeper of 2002, salsero Bobby Rivas delivers an explosive right hook that will knock the dancers off their chairs and onto the dancefloor...they will not know what hit them.
With a powerful voice with a timbre resembling something between Ray De La Paz and Oscar D'Leon, Mr. Rivas throws fireballs left and right, so watch your hair. This band is bright, crisp, and finely-tuned to get the most out of the dancers. The coro has that Colombian nasal twang reminiscent of Gale or Fruko. It works very well here.
"Fresas Con Chocolate," which opens as a simple cumbia, turns into a sizzling salsa number. And listen to "Manuela" with a fire extinguisher nearby.
You have a party coming up? This one's your play list. DJ alert: Get this one now. Highly recommended. (BP)
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BOBBY RIVAS
La Nota De Un Rumbero
Bobby Rivas / CD
Originally released: 2006
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: (Back in stock!) Trying to one-up his 2002 sizzler Doble Sentido must have been quite a challenge for Mr. Rivas, who raised the bar on club-ready salsa dura that year. Well, cue up "Veneno," the opening track penned by Mr. Rivas (he wrote most of the material on La Nota De Un Rumbero) and it won't take you long to hear that he's rolled up his sleeves and is seriously ready to rumble (uh, rumba).
And while not every track is gold (I, for one, wouldn't miss the few romantic numbers ie "Bohemio Por Amor," "Mi Ultimo Secreto") it's those priceless bulldozer tracks like "Veneno" and the title cut "La Nota De Un Rumbero" that make me plunk down the bucks. There're also a couple of collaborative tracks between Rivas and heavyweight Jesus "El Niño" Alejandro. Listen to his powerhouse arrangement of "5 Vecinas." It's stuff like that that should pack a CD. Highly recommended. (BP)
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BOBBY RIVAS
Serenata
Bobby Rivas / CD
Originally released: 2009
Category: BOLERO; BOLERO / BALADA
EditorsPick: Bobby Rivas La Vida En Rosa features classic boleros like Serenata, Sabor A Mi, Siboney and Frenesi. The session included Sandy Stein, Eddie Resto, Warren "Nacho" Ontiveros, and Braulio Barrera.

...the greatest songs ever in a romantic, Cuban bolero style. Bobby does not skimp in his music. His music is powerful, rich vibrant, entrancing. Serenata is a song compilation of pure romance that Bobby has so carefully and masterfully put together. He is true to his heart as a balladeer, as he enchants us with the style with which he interprets his romantic ballads so beautifully. (label)
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LOS HERMANOS COLÓN
English Salsa Greatest Hits
LHC Records / CD
Reissued: 2012
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: Perfect for lovers of salsa in English, Los Hermanos Colón have some some pretty heavy hitters with them: pianist Sergio George and Rene Leyva (also the director), bongocero Luis Santiago, percussionists Papo Pepin, Ray Colon, Eric Velez, timbalero Pablo "Chino" Nuñez, trombonists Pablo Santaella, and Noah Bless, as well as trumpeter Piro Rodriguez. With vocalist Marcos Colón and coroista and vocal consultant Wichy Camacho. Recommended. (BP)
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MAELO RUIZ
Lo Mejor De Mí
Sony Codiscos Tropisounds (original import) / CD
Originally released: 2012
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA COLOMBIA; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: Lo Mejor De Mi is the latest offering by salsero Maelo Ruiz by way of producer and percussionist Diego Galé. New York born Ruiz gained increased popularity in Puerto Rico, but garnered his salsa romantica crown in Colombia with the help of supporter Galé. This one features the tracks Si Regresaras, Lloraré, Ojalá, and Si Estoy Contigo. With Diego Gale on timbales, congas and bongo, bassist Sergio Múnera, trombonist Morist Jimenez and others. (BP)
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