Latin update.

Author:Rodriguez, Nelson

Drummer Mark Holen's Zambomba and their CD Three Gold Coins covers a range of jazz and Latin rhythms such as Brazilian samba (Three Gold Coins), Mexican danzon (Por Los Aires de Veracruz), Mozambique (Flute's the Mozambique) and the closing track (Swings with Some BBQ). Reedmen Andy Drelles and Tom Murray are the featured musicians on this CD and fans of the vibes will recognize Mike Freeman's flavor on the recording.


The Cuban Masters Ensemble's Del Pasado al Presente (The Past Meets the Present) unites some of Cuba's finest musicians and vocalists on eleven original tunes by Aaron Singer (composer of the music) in a collaborative effort covering the various musical forms of Cuba. The list of musicians and vocalists includes Pancho Amat, Rafael Lay Bravo, Changuito, Lazaro Galarraga, Pedro Lugo ("El Nene") Martinez, Bobby Carcasses, Enrique Pla, Emilio Morales, Ernesto Bacallao, Sixto ("El Indio") Llorente, Joaquin Pozo, Pablo Menendez, Orlando Perez Montero, Alberto "Tamayo" Gonzales, Jesus Alfonso, Dagoberto Gonzalez and many more. The closing bonus track, Son a Celia, written by Blas Munoz, features the participation of La Caro Band.

Latin Beat's own DJ El Chino (from Colombia) has put together a CD from his "Europe Tour 2009-The Hits" that features selections old and new by such acts as The Conga Kings, Facundo Rivero, Belmonte, Junior Gonzalez, Mongo Santamaria, Poncho Sanchez, Orquesta Epoca, Los Blanco, Sabor a Fania and others.

From Italy comes Cromalatina (The Latin Band) and its CD, Mi Rumba, with a version of Tito Puente's Ran Kan Kan featuring vocals by Alejandro Jesus 'El Nino' and includes three video clips. Cromalatina have sent out a message that Italy knows its salsa and have the selections to prove it.

La Tremenda is from Scandinavia and was founded in 2002 by drummer Magnus Almqvist. In 2003 he met songwriter/arranger/keyboardist Johan Brolund who became the key man for the band's new repertoire--Cuban timba heading into a new direction.

Singer Gonzalo "Chalo" Chomat made his solo recording debut a few years back and I'm grateful to LPM (Latin Pulse Music) owner Michael Lazarus for sending me Chomat's recording Chalo y Su Ache. Chalo is also the featured vocalist, along with his wife Iris Sandra Cepeda, on Lazarus' new project Team Timba, which combines great music for both listeners and casino style (salsa rueda) dancers. Lazarus plays all the bass tracks as well as heads the entire production...

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