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World - Released March 19, 2021 | Fania

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World - Released March 19, 2021 | Fania

In actuality, this is a reissue of Roberto Roena's first, pre-Apollo Sound foray as a bandleader. Originally recorded in 1967, Roena and trumpet player Elías Lopés (still members of El Gran Combo) reunited with Mario Ortiz, sax players Al Abreus and Rafael "Tata" Palau, bass player Lin Torres, pianist Mario Román and Enrique Avilés, timbalero Francisco "Golé" Fernández, bongo player Daniel "Maninín" Vázquez, and Roena playing congas. They give their all (some of these sidemen would reunite a couple of years later for the Apollo Sound). Standouts include "Si los Rumberos Me Llaman," "Se Pone Duro," "Que Se Fuñan," and "Descarga los Megatones." A rare item, it foretells a good future for bandleader and company. Vocals by Camilo Azuquita. © José A. Estévez, Jr. /TiVo
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World - Released March 19, 2021 | Fania

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For this 1967 LP, Charlie Palmieri formed a new, jumped-up version of his early-'60s Charanga Duboney (now known as the Duboney Orchestra), rejuvenated with a triple-trumpet and double-trombone attack. Tengo Maquina y Voy a 60 ("I'm Going Like 60") is an enjoyable set, each track taken at a different tempo -- for the record mambo, son montuño, pachadenque, bolerote, mambo cha cha, bolero, guaguancó, and guapacha. Trumpeter Bobby Valentin is the only (relatively) big name in his band, though, and despite fierce arrangements and fast tempos, these tracks can't compare to the fine work being done by Ray Barretto or his brother, Eddie, around the same time. Vocalist Victor Velazquez is a good choice for the old-world ballad "En Mi Viejo San Juan," but he's not very strong on the up-tempo numbers. © John Bush /TiVo
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World - Released March 12, 2021 | Fania

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World - Released December 25, 2020 | Fania

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World - Released December 25, 2020 | Fania

Marvelously, Pete Terrace decided not to alter his group to form a charanga. There are no flutes and violins, only the pachanga rhythm and vocal style. Among the many "authentic" pachanga albums, Baila Pachanga captures the hip, progressive mood minus what many consider the annoying sound of the charanga. In keeping with the pachanga theme, there are some of the liveliest vocal tracks recorded by Pete Terrace. The best of these, such as "La Negra Sanda," are on a par with the Tito Rodriguez live-at-the-Palladium albums. Several of the tracks are standard Pete Terrace tunes, however. "Stella by Starlight," for instance, is an update of his earlier recording on Invitation to the Mambo, and "Esperame en el Cielo" is a rather glamorous trumpet-and-vibes collaboration. "Blues in Latin" features a compelling rhythm, vibes, tawdry horns and a hip minor-key blues theme. Incidentally, the album very nearly missed being released. In the liners disc jockey, Dick Sugar, relates the tale of how he played a test pressing for months while Tico searched high and low for the lost master. Eventually it turned up, of course. © Tony Wilds /TiVo
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World - Released December 25, 2020 | Fania