TITO PUENTE | El Rey - A Man and His Music
Oomph! The long awaited Man and His Music tribute to the legendary bandleader, composer, arranger and percussionist Tito Puente. This, folks, has all the cream, the best of the best. 45 pristine tracks
including "Abaniquito," "Mambo Diablo," "Ran Kan Kan," "Oye Como Va," "Barbarabatiri," "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid," "Para Los Rumberos," "El Rey Del Timbal" and a ton of other total gems. This is the perfect Puente primer, and would make an amazing gift for both newbies and experienced lovers of Puente's genius. Features singers Vicentico Valdés. Santos Colón, Rudy Calzado, Bobby Escoto, Celia Cruz, La Lupe, Meñique, Frankie Figueroa, Adalberto Santiago, Ismael Quintana, Junior Gonzalez, Héctor Casanova
, and Azuquita
PIBO MÁRQUEZ | Te Pones A Bailar
WORLDWIDE DEBUT! - an elWatusi Exclusive
Watch out, kids, Pipo Marquez and his killer crew, Descarga Criolla, have a NEW salsa project. The Venezuelan percussionist has surrounded himself with top-level musicians forming a true international alliance. And together they show how salsa should be made! Listen to the the opening track Pa' Puerto Rico to get a sense for the feel of this smokin' project. Smart arrangements, superb playing and top-notch singers are throughout this session. And for a percussive blowout like you never heard, check out La Placita
-- Marquez is on fire. And the swing on Banbanquere
will leave you dizzy. Pibo also reinterprets the classic Isla Del Encanto
popularized by Hector Lavoe. There are special guests like Luisito Quintero, Paoli Mejia, Teo Hernandez, Fernando "Chino" Suarez, Frederick "El Coco"
and Edward Rivas
. This album has quickly shot up the ranks to become a Best of 2010 contender. One listen to the cover track, Te Pones a Bailar
and you'll know why. Big DJ Alert: Highly Recommended - elW
PIBO MÁRQUEZ | Homenaje a los Reyes de la Salsa
Part of a string of hot new Venezuelan salsa releases to recently arrive at our shores, Descarga Criolla is probably the biggest orchestra and certainly packs the biggest sound. Percussionist and composer Joel "Pibo" Marquez, leader of the band, decided to open with Oscar D'Leon's "Sigue Tu Camino" a clear statement of opulence and pure swing. It rocks. There are many singers on Homenaje a Los Reyes De La Salsa
, some of whom are José "Cheo" Linares, Dimas Pedroza, Marcial Isturiz
and Orlando Castillo "Watussi"
— a salsa king himself who is paid tribute here on "Ustedes, Mi Rumba y Yo." The homenaje continues with a superb "Señor Sereno", Ismael Miranda's mega hit. This one is quite amazing with Enrique Alvarez
' electric violin riffing over the can't-stop-us coro. Pure salsa bliss, folks. The band pays tribute to El Gran Combo with "Irimo", the the Latin Brothers with "Las Calaveras" (sung by Watussi) and to Celia Cruz with the Luis Kalaff composition "Juancito Trucupey". You better have some water nearby, you're gonna need it. "Irimo" alone will cause you to lose 10 pounds — a smoker. Descarga Criolla is in the house, and has proved, without a doubt, that Homenaje a Los Reyes De La Salsa
is a salsa lover's must-have. Very Highly Recommended.
PIBO MÁRQUEZ | Faseró
Joel Pibo Márquez, the highly talented Venezuelan percussionist who brought us the spectacular salsa Homenaje A Los Reyes De La Salsa
(see above), returns with an equally intense Latin jazz record that is framed with folkloric touches and is a percussive, funk-jazz tour de force. Listen to the clip of "Sahel" to get the picture. Márquez calls his band Sus Manos Calientes
-- and he's not kidding. These are musician's musicians. And there's a clearly conscious border crossing sensibility here with elements of the music of Brazil, Cuba, Africa, and the Americas. Marquez' projects are typified by careful planning and deeply crafted arrangements. We look forward to see where he goes from here. Highly Recommended.
Los Dinosaurios: Salsa Y Mambo Underground, Vol. 1 - Seleccion DJ El Chino
DJ El Chino has done it again. One of Colombia's top selectors has scoured the dark recesses of sabor and has unearthed a rich selection of "underground" salsa and mambos. This international compilation features the hidden treasures of Bush Y Su Nuevo Sonido
(Panama), La Combinacion 77
(Venezuela), Toby Muñoz Y Su Orquesta
(Panama), Danny Gonzalez Y Su Orquesta Sensacional
(USA), Carlos Miranda Y Su Latin Combo
and Tito Chicoma
(Peru) and many others. Guaranteed smokers, each one. This is material you are not likely to come by elsewhere, so I suggest you pick it up while it's still available. Are you listening? Totally cool garage salsa at its best. Highly Recommended.
La Presente compilacion es una muestra de las sonoridades afrolatinas, basicamente Salsa, Son Montuno, Mambo y Guaguanco, que dificilmente tuvieron la suficiente difusion en los medios radiales. Mi Tributo no es solo para el bailador, sino tambien para los melomanos de recorrido y para estos maravillosos musicos, algunos aun vigentes, que casi cuatro decadas despues nos siguen deleitando. Y esto con la bella remasterizacion de mi amigo Michael "DJ El Rumbero".
[from the label's website]
BAZEADO | Requebra Nega
Bazeado was formed by Brazilian soap opera star Pedro Martins
in l999. Resident in Brighton, the five-piece ensemble take traditional rhythms like the Baiao, Samba and Batucada to create a dynamic vision of the future of Brazilian music.
Hailing from Sao Paulo, singer, guitarist and percussionist, Pedro Martin started his musical career as a Som Livre artist. Like Pedro's present day heros Gilberto Gil & Lenine, he has drawn on the classic, often forgotten traditional rhythms such as Maracatu and Baiao, used by the masters like Jackson Do Pandeiro and Luiz Gonzaga. All Bazeado songs are original compositions.
Pedro's musical journey has taken him through Europe: he formed bands in Denmark and Belgium and in France he worked with Oba-Brasil. Since residing in England he's recorded with Da Lata (Songs from the Tin) as well as classic Brazilian fusion group Azymuth on Woodland Warrior, in addition to performing with Joyce, Les Etoiles and Bah Samba. Bazeados musicians have been garnered from such reputable outfits as Cubana Bop, Bah Samba and Carnival Collective.
ORQUESTA DEE JAY | Forget It!
Original Release Date: 1971
Finally! After 35 years out of print and 4 months of postponement of this project, Orquesta Dee Jay "Forget It" is officially available. You may be asking yourself, "Who on earth is Orquesta Dee Jay?"
Some Latin music enthusiasts are still asking that question today. When I first heard Orquesta Dee Jay sweet Latin Soul single "Forget it" I was under the impression it was recorded by Jimmy Sabater one of lead singers for Joe Cuba Sextet... There is something interesting about this Orquesta. Orquesta Dee Jay has an authentic swinging soul sound in their salsa not only in their lyrics but in their music arrangements.
There is no question, the album "Forget it" should have won a Grammy in my book for best swinging Latin Salsa, best single "Forget it" and best coro in the 70s by Yayo El Indio, Adalberto Santiago & Elio Romero
. Every track on this album is a killer.
— Andres Padua, Latin Soul Records