Articles tagged salsa

Malecón Melodies in ‘Cuba: Island of Music’

Cuba is a tragic-romantic melting pot which finds solace and sexuality in music.

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Sergent Garcia: Una y Otra Vez

Imagine if Theodor Adorno wrote Disney princess songs -- only, you know, with a salsa band.

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Joaquin “Joe” Claussell: Hammock House: Africa Caribe

A misguided attempt to class up some old salsa tunes by adding remixes, jazz piano, and Sacred Rhythms.

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Various: Fania Records 1964-1980: The Original Sound of Latin New York

Fania Records had it all: salsa, soul, jazz, grooves, horns, Chopin, subway imitations, and a seemingly inexhaustible appetite for urban America.

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Various Artists: The Afrosound of Colombia Vol. 1

Two and a half hours of catchy and curious tracks from Fruko y Sus Tesos, Wganda Kenya, and others involved in the golden period of Afro-influenced, funked-up tropical music recorded by the legendary Discos Fuentes label.

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Grupo Fantasma: El Existential

On their fourth studio album, Grupo Fantasma continue to throw elements of funk, reggae, and rock into their danceable stew of Latin American styles and somehow make it sound completely natural.

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Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro: Tradition in Transition

For the bulk of this album, Quantic and his combo don't put a foot wrong. The result is a modern fusion sound based on Colombian rhythms infused with Brazilian string arrangements, Panamanian soul, and some wonderful salsa piano.

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31 Aug 2009 // 9:57 PM

Cecilia Noël: A Gozar!

The audience asks for dancing, and Noël gives them something to dance to.

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Various Artists: Boogaloo Pow Wow: Dancefloor Rendez-vous in Young Nuyorica

This collection of raucous 1960s New York boogaloo has a strong soul component.

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4 May 2009 // 9:56 PM

Various Artists: !Salsa!

Hip-shaking Latin genre celebrated on strong compilation.

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10 Nov 2008 // 9:58 PM

Bio Ritmo: Bionico

Every piece of pop culture wishes it had an audience this charismatic.

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Various: The Rough Guide to Colombian Street Party

This is exactly how a party album from a respected world music label should be handled.

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Various: The Rough Guide to Cuban Street Party

The party atmosphere of Cuban Street Party doesn't rely on remixes, as it did in parts of African Street Party. It doesn't need them.

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Various: Think Global: Fiesta Latina

Enlightenment has taken a back seat: this is a party album.

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Ten years in the making, documentary sings Celia Cruz’s praises

MIAMI - Ten years ago, two young documentarians from Miami nestled a letter to Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa, into a round, disc-shaped film canister,

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Wayne Gorbeas Salsa Picante: Introducing Wayne Gorbeas Salsa Picante

In this compilation dedicated to the work of salsa pianist Wayne Gorbea, Salsa is the focus but there are also excursions into rumba and mambo.

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14 Oct 2007 // 10:57 PM

Various: Think Global: Salsa

Think Global: Salsa is a solid, reliable compilation for anyone who wants an album that will cheer them up and not ever sound like anything they don't already imagine salsa to be.

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Spanish Harlem Orchestra: United We Swing

Few Latin bands are as able to convey the same amount of energy as this large New York ensemble.

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‘El Cantante’ follows life, music of Puerto Rican superstar

Even his name meant music. Hector Lavoe’s real last name was Perez. Lavoe was invented, a Puerto Ricanized pronunciation of “la voz” - “the

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3 Aug 2007 // 3:29 AM

El Cantante

The biopic formula overtakes historical details and even director Leon Ichaso's signature impressionism, with an awkward and unsurprising result.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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