Salsa recordings have been pouring in from all corners of the world, as they continue to be produced at an extraordinary pace during the current year.
Congratulations to Jose Rizo for his 20th anniversary as a broadcaster radio with KJAZZ, and for and his new band (Mongorama), which is finishing its recording debut, featuring Danilo Lozano, Ramon Banda, Oscar Hernandez, Justo Almario, Rene Camacho, Joey de Leon and many more.
Trombonist Alberto Barros (El Titan de la Salsa), one of Colombia's biggest producers/arrangers/bandleaders, continues to produce gems, including his two latest--Tributo a La Salsa Colombianal and Tributo a La Salsa Colombiana 2, which contain the greatest salsa hits by such Colombian acts as Niche, Guayacan, Sonora Carruseles, Los Titanes (Barros' first big success), Fruko y Sus Tesos, Grupo Gale, and Joe Arroyo, featuring most of their original vocalists. Club DJs will love the medleys!
Orquesta Guayacan's (pictured above) latest CD, Bueno y Mas, swings from start to finish, and should generate hits for the rest of the year! DJs will love Carro de Fuego, Mujer de Carne y Hueso, La Mas Bella and Como Una Hoguera.
One of the hottest new CDs comes from New Jersey--Papo Ortega's Cubanoson offers the CD Rumba Nueva, delivering one hit after another. Cubanoson's original tracks and tasty covers are ensured to offer one of this year's best productions! Listen to the opening original, A Bailar con Cubanoson, to get a taste of what follows: Seven originals and various covers, including one of my favorite Nestor Torres compositions (Voulez-Vous Danser), as well as Tributo a Rodriguez, Roberto Rodriguez Jr's homage to his dad (Roberto Rodriguez Sr., who was a key member of the Ray Barretto's band in the 1970s). Look for additional hot performances on Cantemos a Puerto Rico, La Fiesta, Cubanizate, Preguntame Como Estoy, La Gallinita and Loco, Loco, Loco.
El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico won a Grammy for a recording I felt was not one of its best, but its most recent CD, Sin Salsa No Hay Paraiso, is a throwback to those golden days when they should have really gotten the Grammy. The guys swing on this new production, which includes such tracks as Sin Salsa No Hay Paraiso, El Problema Esta en el Coco, La Espuma y La Ola, El Comejen (for fans of Arroz Con Habichuela), A Mi Me Gusta Mi Pueblo, Colombia Tierra Querida, and a new version of the classic Achilipu.
Percussionist Giovanni Rodriguez released the...