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Salsa Band LPT Hints at the Genre's Future

LPT's debut album, Sin Parar, hits all the right notes for a contemporary salsa album.

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Various Artists: Salsa de la Bahía

If you aren't familiar with Bay Area Salsa music, then prepare to be boarded.

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Tito Puente: Quatro: The Definitive Collection

Quatro doesn't rewrite history. It doesn't present it in a new light. It gives us what we already should have known.

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Various Artists: Lula Lounge: Essential Tracks Vol. 1

The blurb's argument about the quality of the city's migrant Cuban musicians is proven as Lula convinces you while the songs twitch their arses like beautiful metronomes.

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Bio Ritmo: Introducing Bio Ritmo

This digital-only collection shows off a pretty damn good salsa band.

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The Souljazz Orchestra: Solidarity

These ten songs draw from a huge variety of old music, but the Souljazz Orchestra always speaks (and grunts) with immediacy.

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Various Artists: Subway Salsa: The Montuno Records Story

Proof, if needed, of the crucial cultural role record shops play in the musical and social life of a city, even when buried deep down in a subway system.

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'Love Goes to Buildings on Fire' Like Its Title, Is Poetry

The most important five years in popular music -- including the birth and rise of CBGB, the birth of disco and hip-hop, Philip Glass’s emergence as a Serious Composer, and the many shades of salsa -- in one volume.

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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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Cecilia Noël: A Gozar!

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

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Various Artists: !Salsa!

Hip-shaking Latin genre celebrated on strong compilation.

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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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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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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

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

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Various: Colombia!

The album almost giggles with verve.

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