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141. Descarga
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4-0 out of 5 stars Gringos can jump!
I am humbled by Greg C's view of Tjader and can expain why this along with about 40 others by CT are a must. This guy was never seen by his peers as a gringo, he WAS "simpatico." He could hold his own with being the vibist with George Shearing, playing percussion with Dave Brubeck or letting it all hand out with Eddie Palmieri. He was discounted by too many critics of jazz because he saw a jazz classic in a McCartney/Lennon tune as much as a Gershwin piece. He was able to make more albums than just about anybody short of Miles,Dizzy or Oscar Peterson. I know it went into the hundreds! This LP is only refined by its inherent digital longevity. Hope my great,great,great grandchildren love it as much as I have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Double Dose Of Tjader Tjuice
EXCELLENT! These two killer early 70s Tjader efforts (1971's "Agua Dulce" and 1972's "Live At The Funky Corners") can now be had together on one little shiny disc, which will save you shelling out $30-$40 for either of the original vinyl issues. This music demands nothing of you but to feel good and feel free, to either dance or contemplate a starry sky on a summer night. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how much melody Tjader wrings out of the Stones' "Gimme Shelter," and if "Morning" doesn't fill you with an immense sense of serenity and well-being, you're obviously in need of extensive therapy. It's a shame that music this good should exist beneath the radar of mass public exposure and familiarity, especially since Tjader's sweet, sweet sound enhanced many lives in its day. Don't even hesitate--get this right away, and disregard those jazz pundits who can't accept this wonderful music for the antidote-to-a-world-gone-insane that it is. Just pop it in the tray, hit "play" and immediately feel much sexier! ... Read more


142. Mongo Santamaria - Greatest Hits [Bonus Tracks]
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Ever since Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría arrived in the United States from Cuba in the late 1940s and hooked up with bebop legend Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, and Pérez Prado, he's been the most imitated conga drummer in Latin jazz and salsa music. Further, his pioneering flute-violin charanga bands have almost singly expanded the parameters of Latin sounds in America.

These 1960s Columbia Records sides contain his coveted hip-shaking pop covers with flutist Hubert Laws, master santero Julito Collazo, drummer Bernard Purdie, and trumpeter Marty Sheller, with Santamaría and company conjuring up fun and campy red-beans-and-rice versions of Top 40 soul classics. Santamaría lays the boogaloo down on James Brown's "Cold Sweat," the Temptations' "Cloud Nine," Ritchie Valens's "La Bamba" and Booker T. and the MG's' hit, "Green Onions." But make no mistake, Mongo Santamaría was no novelty act. His rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" and his own composition, the 6/8 syncopated standard, "Afro Blue"--recorded by legions of musicians, including John Coltrane, and captured live on this compilation--best showcases his thunderous and articulate polyrhythmic genius linking Africa and the Americas. --Eugene Holley Jr. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Take this release for what it is!
1960's: Early corporate controlled commercial "Latin-Jazz." Read the liner notes. Mongo did it for the opportunity Columbia offered him and for the bread! He was making a living doing what he loved, can't really bust his chops for that. But he was/is a talent and his band had a sound. Okay it's commercial... but so was just about everything else on the radio in the 60's. Think about it... 60's radio, Beatles, Honky Tonk, Commercial Jazz -- the 70's had some alternative/progressive stuff going on early, but then the suits took over... 80's commercialism, 90's commercialism... here we are 21st century... what have we got? 60's radio... commercial, "smooth jazz"... maybe Mongo was the smooth jazz of the 60's... wait, wasn't that the West Coast Jazz scene? Mongo is early Latin Jazz. Earth, Wind and Fire, Santana, Mandrill were all inspired by it. If you're into a heavy jazz experience... this ain't it brother and sisters. But it's ALL good!

2-0 out of 5 stars Pink 'Palm Beach'
The last cut, the exquisite 'Afro Blue' is worth the price of the CD or, at least, that is what I am telling myself now that I own it. 'Watermelon Man' adds the other star for nostalgia's sake and 'Chili Beans' is admittedly funky. What remains though is a strange excursion into commercial bugaloo and R&B - think 'Austin Powers' meets 'Beach Blanket Bingo' - actually painful to listen to. It must have been a case of an artist (get 'Afro Roots' or 'Sabroso') providing what his producers and market demanded. Danceability? If you're throwing a 'Retro-Retro 60's' party, this is the CD for it; bring your pink 'Palm Beach' sport coat and your madras shorts.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Man Called Mongo.
During his long and extensive career, Mongo Santamaria fused sensual Cuban rhythms with r&b and jazz, making him one of the most revered musicians of our time. This hits collection compiles sixteen of the percussionist's most essential recordings, and they all have "class" written all over them. Covering material from the mid to late 1960s, the music here conjures up images of a hot July beach party, tequilas and all. He admirably covers the Otis Redding classic "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay"--years before Michael Bolton had the chance to butcher it. There's also the groovy sax-flavored "Twenty Five Miles," the breezy "Fat Back," and "Cold Sweat." But this disc saves the best for last with the closing track, a 10 minute live recording of "Afro Blue." If you want to bear witness to the depth of Mongo's talent, then hear this jam, which is a memorable mix of Cuban percussion and traditional jazz. Thanks to the perfect harmony in which the band performs, "Afro Blue" is a brilliant piece of work that gets under your skin and stubbornly stays there. To be honest, I was introduced to Santamaria through my Dad, who was a huge fan of not only jazz, but particularly Latin-flavored jazz. When I learned of Mongo's passing, I revisited his work and decided to pick up this disc, which instantly gave me childhood memories. But even more important than that, this hits collection is a great survey that loudly answers the question, "What was so great about Mongo Santamaria?" The answer lies in this CD.

4-0 out of 5 stars Smokin' cool beatz...
I love this cd from it's begin...

Cloud Nine - my fave on this...
We Got Latin Soul - keeps me on my feet...
El Pussy Cat - i just love it's rhythm...
Afro Blue - 'til it's end...

I would definitely recommend you buy it...

5-0 out of 5 stars Smokin' R&B with extra salsa
Contrary to other reviews of this album, I find Mongo in his element when applying his Latin rhythms to classic R&B. On most of these tracks it works, on some it REALLY works. If you're a fan of up-tempo, beat driven classic R&B you will love this collection. ... Read more


143. Best of Ray Barretto
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144. Burning Whispers
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5-0 out of 5 stars excelente flauta
un cd inigualable, me encantaron las melodias de este artista, lo escuche un dia por casualidad y luego cayo en mi poder su cinta y lo escuche hasta cansarme, me encantan las melodias rapidas como el dorado, su ritmo es fresco, atrayente, juvenil, tiene encanto y se deja escuchar naturalmente, sin sentirse forzado o atrapado en una ritmica sin salida. muy buen cd.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dripping wet
I first heard the name and music of Nestor Torres on one of those "listen to a sample" CD players in a store. It took me about 3 seconds of the first track to know I was onto something, someone. Every track is infectious, fetching, sensual! And then -- the mark of real musician -- Nestor reached back to 1939 and pulls out the old Judy Garland standard and for nearly ten minutes spins gold into that journey over the rainbow. What a class performance! Not many flautists around... so Nestor's talents are even more enjoyable. If you like it dancin' Latin, get this one and check out his other CD's, too! ... Read more


145. Sentir
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Omar Sosa movesfrom idea to idea, sound to sound, and theme to theme with the attention span ofa 4-year-old boy with ADD. Once the Cuban-born pianist immigrated to SanFrancisco in 1995, he released several albums in quick succession, each withlittle in common with the others and each featuring a different lineup andinfluences. Sentir offers an interesting mix of several Moroccanmusicians, a rapper, a Cuban vocalist, a Venezuelan percussionist, and thehyperactive Sosa on piano. As one would imagine, there are surprises aroundevery bend as the album unfolds. Highlights include choruses of interwovenvocals--particularly on "Sister in Yellow"--the rich calliope and percussionthroughout, and the romantic "Tres Notas en Amarillo." Somehow theMoroccan-Cuban-Latin fusion works for Sosa. This is in part because the songs move alongquickly, seldom waiting for ideas to play out. But it's also due to taste andpacing: the album contains some quiet moments that give the listener time tobreathe. For music fans with a bent for musical multiculturalism, Sentiris a global music adventure well worth taking. --Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars More glorious, idiosyncratic music from the great Omar Sosa
This is the first I've heard him utilizing an expanded sound palette, and it's pretty spectacular. My previous experiences of Omar Sosa have been in solo or duet settings (see my reviews of New Life, Pictures of Soul, and Ayaguna). Incorporating a huge variety of musical influences, including Moroccan, Venezuelan, American urban, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, and traditional Cuban, the prodigiously talented emerging Cuban superstar world-jazz pianist on Sentir seamlessly melds these disparate influences into an astounding musical tapestry the likes of which have never before been put to disc before, at least in my rather extensive experience.

I was a little leery of this approach, seeing as it encompasses genres (rap, hip-hop, spoken word) I don't generally listen to. And having been recently burned, at least in my considered judgment, by the highly regarded (in some quarters, at least) hybrid disc featuring Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd, In What Language, it did (I must admit) take me a while to warm up to this disc. But I trusted my instincts and kept listening to it, and I'm glad I did. Strangely, Sosa's piano playing sounds much more traditionally Cuban, and may be regarded as situated solidly in a wider Latin tradition, on this disc than on his solo or duo offerings, which sound strikingly original, idiosyncratic, and a-referential. That's because, I think, here he wants to see his instrument fully integrated into the larger musical perspective he's here concerned with; that is, he doesn't want it sticking out by it's a-traditional weirdness, unseemingly drawing attention to itself.

OK, I'm going to come clean. There's no use writing these reviews if they're not going to be as transparent as one can reasonably make them. Simply stated, the themes of this album seem naively in the peace-and-justice camp. I have nothing particular against this orientation; indeed, as a Catholic Christian, many of my co-religionists espouse such a viewpoint. (Note: I know it's not entirely kosher to bring politics and religion into these reviews; some of the best reviewers--perhaps rightly--eschew this approach. But there are times when I feel it's appropriate, especially if the material I'm reviewing operates in that world.) In any case, even though the peace-and-justice approach may be politically and religiously naïve, that doesn't preclude it from being the means of profound aesthetic statement. Some of Bruce Cockburn's work might be seen in a similar light, esp. "If I Had a Rocket Launcher." To me, this is a terminally stupid song, if considered simply from the standpoint of the plain meaning of its lyrics. This kind of alienation from America and the West, seen, perhaps, most clearly in the films of Oliver Stone, is entirely unattractive to me. But the underlying sentiments such a point of view seeks to express, i.e., concern for the oppressed and downtrodden, for the victims of globalization, world capitalism, and other depredations of modern life, are entirely valid. That they've received expression in a naïve and artless way doesn't negate their validity. And when they come wrapped in wondrous soundscapes, as Cockburn's work often does and Sosa's work almost always does, one can forgive almost any amount of politico-religious inanity. At least that's how I see it.

Despite having struggled to come to terms with his chosen format (and, eventually, genuinely come to appreciate it), I for one would like to hear him in an entirely wordless large group setting. I say this because the (sans lyrics) musical palette he creates on such numbers as "Oda al Negro" is so engaging, so aurally spectacular, that I long for an entire disc of this. Nevertheless, one must admit that the way he mixes English, Spanish, and, one presumes, other languages into glorious word-tapestries, is nothing short of astounding (most engagingly, perhaps, on "Sister in Yellow," which should win over even the most hardcore instrumental purist). My advice to those of you who like me might have reservations about the mixing of spoken word, rap, hip-hop, etc., with instrumental world jazz: Just go with the flow. Listen to that inner voice that seeks to bring harmony and reconciliation to all things. In a weird way, Omar Sosa's wildly eclectic approach begins to sound perfectly natural as one becomes more familiar with it. Indeed, some of the numbers are certainly enhanced by the vocals, e.g., "Tres Notas en Amarillo."

In any case, I suggest that those of you who might be hesitant to try this because of its eclecticism put aside your doubts and seek to embrace its wonders without prejudice or reservation. That's what I've done, and I'm really glad I did.

4-0 out of 5 stars Music for a sunny day
Open the windows, make some floor space, put Omar Sosa on and crank your CD player to the max. This collection isn't strong all the way through (hence the 4 stars), but when he scores, it's in a big way. "Cielo y Mar Azules" alone is worth trying it out. If you're a fan of Herbie Hancock's later experimentations, you'll dig this. The combination of African chants, free-form jazz, and urban rap riffs may initially disorient some, but stick with it. You'll grow into it...and the CD will grow permanent roots in your player! Well, at least until the summer is past.

5-0 out of 5 stars This CD stays near me....
Often you hear some resonance in an artist's work, a familiar emotion.... you buy the CD, glory in it ... then it works its way to the unplayed pile on the shelf.

This one stays near me... It is so rich, and deep and surprising in its daily discovery... makes you dance, makes you meditate, makes you sad and happy in places you haven't been in a while. It is going in the background and I am working, and then.. I'm deep into a cultural passage that Sosa is illuminating.

This is a really scrumptious meal of an album... for lovers of jazz, latin, rap, history, joyful world fabric of humanity and art.

Transcends the common and taps the vein that joins us all... musicians, artists, bakers, fakirs, and dogs.

Get it today and thank me later

4-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding trip around the sun
This is a fabulous disc, however, that does require a certain patience and understanding. It's a walk through the dust, with Morocco, Spain, Brooklyn, Latin America, India and Africa all represented forcefully and polyrythmically.

The track that begins with the rap "I'll heal you" is a keeper for LIFE! Mood swings, chord and vamps run up and down the equator like an EKG...Outstanding piano work, funky, soulful rap, thoughtful pieces mixed with romping stomping bang-and-crash. This is a spice market of an album!

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 star CD
A mixture of Latin, soul, jazz, fusion, and my man pays homage to the Egguns & the Orishas. ... Read more


146. Malaga
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5-0 out of 5 stars Passionate
Armik. A truly talented guitarist. On Malaga, his fourth release, and named after the Spanish port city of the same name, Armik continues with the style that has made him rather popular across the world: uncomplicated Spanish folk. And it is this very simplicity that marks Armik's strength. Easily dismissed by the flamenco purist, Armik concentrates his awesome technique on forging beautiful melodies that invoke sadness and spirit. Fortunately, there are no New Age elements on here; no waterfalls or annoying birds. Only a slight percussion that compliments everything. Indeed, Armik pours enough skill, soul and sincerity into his music to satisfy any afficianado of Spanish style guitar.

5-0 out of 5 stars No one like Armik!!!!
Armik is the greatest musician on earth!!! There is no doubt. The passion and flair in his music cannot be put into words. Now some stupid people say things like this is not real flamenco and other junk but who the hell wants to hear real flamenco! It is nothing but less than stinking! Armik's real talent is that he makes fabulous tunes. And in flamenco there are no tunes at all! No melody. And in this album, just listen to the tunes. They will make you jump from your seat and you will be dancing to the energetic and passionate melodies of Malaga in no time! The problem is that the junk we have nowadays (I cannot call it music) has people believing it that it's good. People like bazooki think that. Well I guess that's what you hear in a cheese shop! And I have heard Strunz and Farah. And same old story. No tunes!!! Armik is a gifted musician which is hard to find in any era. Take a listen to any album, you will find good tunes!! He plays guitar as if they are not being played by any human. People who want to listen to REAL music please give Armik a try. I don't know how he comes up with fabulous tunes every time!! And some people say they are all the same. I don't know what different they are talking about. Armik, you are the greatest. Keep those great tunes coming. Leave flamenco. Nothing is in flamenco, no tunes nothing! Thank God you don't play flamenco. So I thank you from the bottom of my heart and keep those tunes coming!! You are the best!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Bouzouki may be your indication that it isn't authentic
Armik is pretty much mainstream in the way of flamenco but that's the appeal and probably why selections such as these do so well with the masses here on Amazon. If you are looking for some basic flamenco, this isn't it. This might be what is misconstrued as traditional Spanish flamenco. And that music fan from NY has some decent suggestions. It's just too bad he doesn't know how to spell bouzouki. By the way, it's an instrument with Greek origins. If you hear them in the flamenco music you can guess it is for the flashy sort of mass appeal Armik goes for and not for the folky flavors typical of the real deal flamenco.

5-0 out of 5 stars ARMIK'S BEAUTIFUL MUSIC IS MUCH BETTER THAN FLAMENCO
Armik is the best guitarist in the world. His undeniable and incomparable talent is evident in his six albums. His style is wonderfully unique. You'll find flavors of Flamenco in his style, but overall his music is much better than Flamenco. The warmth and passion in his melodies along with his MAGICAL guitar playing techniques & his Golden touch are not found in any other styles or artists.
All of Armik's albums are excellent & they are treasured in everyone's collection.
MALAGA IS FANTASTIC.

1-0 out of 5 stars Shut that bl**dy bazooki up!
I have appreciated real flamenco music (Sabicas, Ramon Montoya, Manolo Sanlucar, Tomatito), new/fusion flamenco (Paco de Lucia, Gerardo Nunez), "pop" flamenco (Ketama, Pata Negra) and flamenco-influenced music (John Mclaughlin, Strunz and Farah) for many years. However, I'm saddened by the amount of poor "pseudo-flamenco" around.

Until recently, top of the list of shame was Otmar Liebert, whose tedious melodies, unimaginative songs structure and poor technique make tiring listening. Even sadder, though, is to hear what appears to be a reasonable Bazooki player trying to be a flamenco artist.

Like finding an Indian restaurant in the heart of Amish Pennsylvania, this album bears little resemblance to the real thing. It is not flamenco, yet seems to attempt to "wear Spain like a badge". The attempt does not convince. The songs are contrived, cliched and overly "sugar-sweet", like "The Osmonds for Spanish Guitar". This is sad to hear from what sounds like an otherwise accomplished musician. Still, as they say, "Art's for art"s sake..........."

This album was a severe disappointment to me and will be to any serious Spanish music fan. This genre is potentially a rich vein of musical invention, and yet is being flooded by cynical romantic stylists, targeting poorly educated listeners. I can describe Armik's music as, at best, kitsch; at worst, sickly-sweet contrived romantic "holiday music" for people who have never been to Spain.

For accessible, good Spanish guitar, I'd recommend instead Ketama, whose roots in true Flamenco translate to well thought out, surprisingly catchy, but ultimately satisying songs, with sound musical values.

As for Bazooki music, try listening to Zagros on Strunz and Farah's "Wild Muse", to see how beautiful this instrument can be.

And as for Armik, well I leave the final comment to John Cleese in Monty Python's "Cheese Shop" sketch - "SHUT THAT BL**DY BAZOOKI UP!" ... Read more


147. World's Favorite Piano Love Songs, Vol. 2
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5-0 out of 5 stars Heavenly
The first time I heard Enrique Chia play was while I was furniture brousing in a fine store. I would not leave till I knew the source of their beautiful background music. Since that time I have purchased 10 of Maestro Chia's CDs. Personally, I believe that World Favorite Piano Vol 1 & 2 are the best, but all his CDs are wonderful that you will fall in love virtually all his selections and probably be moved to tears by a few!

Whatever my mood, however bad the day, regardless of what problem may be on my mind, Enrique Chia breaks the negative and fills my heart with joy and consolation. Listening to him play is an emotional and spiritual experience as well as an audio one.

Volumes 1 & 2 are an excellent introduction to this master of the piano. ... Read more


148. The Caribbean Jazz Project
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3-0 out of 5 stars One-Hit Wonder?
After hearing Cafe Espana, I bough this CD in anticipation of similar quality of composition and performance throughout. Sadly, no other track comes close to the hypnotic, exotic excellence of Cafe Espana, although some are good.

Of course, this is purely subjective, but I've had similar experiences with other collections from either Dave Samuels and Paquito D'Rivera. There often seems to be one track that reels me in, and the rest seem like filler.

This CD is good, but not great by any means. If you don't already own the track Cafe Espana, the CD is worth it for that alone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Latin Jazz Album !!!!!
Paquito D'Rivera and Dave Samuels are names that are common among excellence in Latin Jazz performances; this is absolutely a must-have for those music lovers that are looking for some'n fresh, rythmic and with a lot of flavor. You'll love every minute of it !!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST EVER
GIANT STUFF NOT JUST STEEL DRUM

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply The best !
The best record of 'Caribbean Jazz Project'.

Must have !

5-0 out of 5 stars absolutelty marvelous
This CD exposes the listener to the various aspects of caribbean music and is a learning tool to discover what the various cultural influences from around the world have had on caribbean culture,and guess what?This CD is just the tip of the iceberg as far as caribbean music is concerned,because there are many more styles of caribbean music out there just waiting to be discovered. ... Read more


149. Salsa Africa
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5-0 out of 5 stars A modern take on a long tradition...
A fascinating mix of African and Cuban music... For centuries, Afro-Cuban rhythms has wafted back and forth over the Atlantic, inspiring the growth of Cuba's various musical styles, and in turn, the West African "rumba" music of the 1950s and '60s.This disc is fairly unique in that it collects hits by African artists who plays specifically "salsa" style music, sometimes singing in French or their local languages, sometimes mixing the style with lovely, lush African guitar work.This is a companion disc to "WORLD SALSA," an earlier collection of international salsa acts (from as far afield as Israel...) As interesting as that disc was, though, this one is superior -- the music is more powerful, and the pacing is more cohesive.Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars it's magical
I have listened to this cd so many times, that, I swear on a stack of whatever is sacred to you, it's worn out and I'm buying another one on my little 1-click amazon thinger.If you want to experience the joy of music, if you want to leave the planet, if just for a half-hour you want to get up off your seat and dance, get this cd.

5-0 out of 5 stars The next movement in cuban music!
Afro-Cuban! So you have already purchased the Buena Vista Social Club, and Compay Segundo, and Omara, etc...Well what's next? How about something with a kick? How about some music that will get you on you feet and movin' onthe dancefloor? Well, look no further....From the label that brought youSalsa Mundo (Salsa from around the world), Salsa Africa is finally here!Only the finest African artists (including Africando and Papa Wemba), makeSalsa Africa sizzle with hot latin rhythms and powerful vocals. Just intime for summer, the time to dance, the time to celebrate, and the time tosweat. Salsa Africa offers all of this....and much more! Buy it! ... Read more


150. Dos Guitarras Flamencas En America Latina
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151. Indestructible
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5-0 out of 5 stars Farewel to Ruben Gonzalez
On Monday, December 8, 2003, Ruben Gonzalez died at the unregretful age of 84. Farewell to an unbelievably charismatic and talented musician! His death is the sad realistic reminder that as great musicians like him grow old and die, so does a priceless era of music that will never be emulated.

(Clarification Note: I'm not sure why there are so many previous reviews of this album under my name when I only submitted one!)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Past Re-Introducing Itself to the Ever-Emerging Present
Ry Cooder once described Ruben Gonzalez as, "A Cuban cross between Thelonius Monk and Felix the Cat." Ruben Gonzalez is no Thelonius Monk...and I cannot really say if he is Felix the Cat...but he is definitely an extremely rare piece of jazz history...an "endangered species" of sorts in comparison to today's lacklustre jazz scene. Thanks to the re-emergence of mostly forgotten Cuban musicians in the late 90's through such vehicles as the Afro-Cuban All-Stars and the Buena Vista Social Club, the world...or at least a portion of it...has had the opportunity to experience a truly unique skill and sound that once flourished. This description of Ruben Gonzalez's music cannot do him justice. When you listen to him either pounding out or softly lifting notes off the piano keys, feelings of excitement, nostalgia, appreciation, comfort, and reflection can all rise to the surface. His skill is difficult to match; his love of music nearly impossible to emulate. Ruben Gonzalez "is" the music he creates and plays...a living example of the musical past re-introducing itself to the ever-emerging present. ... Read more


152. Cugi's Cocktails
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5-0 out of 5 stars At last a re-issue of a Mercury LP by Xavier Cugat!
I was very happy when I found out that Cugi's Cocktails was to be re-issued by UMG/Verve, although I would have been more happy if this re-issue came from America instead of Germany since I think I would have got some more information on the sleeve in that case. But I have been in contact with Verve in USA, and they said at that time that they were not interested in re-releasing the Cugat-LPs from Mercury, as it was not jazz. Anyway this is one of the very good LPs Cugat made for Mercury in the late 50s and early 60s. Cugi's Cocktails is probably the most "jazzy" record of the 9 LPs from that time, and the orchestra plays wonderfully as it always did. I - and many Cugat fan colleagues of mine all over the world - hope that Verve (Germany or USA) will re-release the rest of the LPs too - The Best of Cugat, Viva Cugat, Twist with Cugat, Cugat's Golden Goodies, Most Popular Movie Hits as Styled by Cugat, Cugat Plays Continental Hits, Cugat Plays the Music of Lecuona and Cugat Caricatures. There are also some recordings from the beginning of the 50s in Mercury's vaults, which would be very welcome on the market again.
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153. Caribbean Jazz Project: Island Stories
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4-0 out of 5 stars Jazz Tropical
This album has an extremly lively blend of streight ahead jazz and tropical island sounds.The playing is top notch and tight.While the rythem section keeps the grooves mellow and movin' the rest of the band canget your head spinnin' with blazin' runs and wicked sincopation.All inall this album is great, especially for the summer months ahead. ... Read more


154. The Rough Guide to World Music, Vol. 2
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Potpourri of Pleasaure
Talk about diverse! This Rough Guide travels from Cuban son and the magnificent piano playing of Ruben Gonzalez to popular Indonesian songs and back again. One must have an open mind and broad tastes to be able to absorb the vastly divergent styles on this CD. However, each selection is superb on its own terms, and most of the music is danceable. If you are truly a connoisseur of world music, try this companion CD to volume two of the revised ROUGH GUIDE TO WORLD MUSIC. ... Read more


155. Mr. Bongo
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5-0 out of 5 stars Afro-Cuban swing like Tito did it.
This CD reminds me of a CD by Tito Puente call "Cubarama! Let's Cha Cha". Which has that Palladium Days feel to it. Lots of cha cha's and mambos and a couple of more jazzyer tunes too. This CD also has a great version of La Bamba in the traditional style not like Richie Valens. This is great music to dance to and its alot of fun. Enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST BONGO AND CONGA PLAYER IN ALL OF HISTORY!!!
IVE FOLLOWED MR. BONGO'S CARRER FOR YEARS, AND STILL TILL THIS DAY I HAVENT HEARD ANYONE WHO EVEN COMES CLOSE TO HIS VERY UNIQUE SOUND.HE'S THE MASTER OF PERCUSION!

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS C-D IS FOR LATIN AND NON LATIN MUSIC LOVERS!
I FIND THIS C-D VERY EXCITING! TERRIFIC BONGOS, AND MANY TRADITIONAL LATINO SONGS.TITO PUENTE BEWARE!! ... Read more


156. Cheers to the Years, Vol. 1
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5-0 out of 5 stars Cheers to the Years, Vol 1
What can I say about Enrique Chia's talent but that he is the best pianist I've heard. I was first introduced to his music at Cafe Bassam in San Diego while on vacation. It was very late at night and my company and I wandered into the cafe. We ordered our teas & coffee and sat back while this album was playing.
At the time I was listening to Cheers to the Years Vol 2. I was so impressed with the music I asked the owner what the name of the album was. He kindly gave me the title and indicated where he bought it. I was not able to find it in any store I searched in. When I got back home to Arizona, I decided to search the net on Amazon.com. Sure enough, I was so happy to find both volumes and immediately ordered them.
The first one came today, Volume 1, and I am enjoying it immensely. The music is quite moving, inspirational, and it just plain makes you feel good. His God-given talent is amazing. What a joy it is to work in my office with this background music. I'll be able to take it with me on the road back to San Diego for another vacation!
I am looking forward to receiving Volume 2 real soon!
Thank the LORD for such talent, thank you Enrique Chia for sharing your talent with the world, and thank you Enrique's father-in-law for encouraging him to do so, and thank you Amazon.com for offering this wonderful music. ... Read more


157. Raphael Rabello & Dino 7 Cordas
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5-0 out of 5 stars A joyful romp through the Brazilian choro repertoire
This wonderful pairing of the late (but at that time, very young) Brazilian guitarist Raphael Rebello and the elder statesman of the 7-string guitar, Dino "7Cordas" offers up an exciting program of greatest hits from the choro repertoire, including classics by such giants of the genre as Ernesto Nazareth ("Odeon") and Pixinguinha ("1 X 0" and "Segura Ele"). The performances have a wonderfully loose and informal quality, and the beautiful bass line counterpoint provided by Dino contrasts excitingly with the passionate and technically dazzling melody readings of the late lamented Raphael Rebello. Dino and Raphael were joined on several tunes by percussion and cavaquinho, and the ensemble sound is great. If you enjoy rhythmically vibrant guitar music with interesting harmonic underpinnings and juicy melodies, you will want to pick this CD up.

5-0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY WONDER-FULL GUITAR PLAYING !!!
THIS CD IS ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT BRAZILIAN GUITAR PLAYING !!! ABSOLUTELY AWESOME !!! IF YOU ENJOY BRAZILIAN VIOLAO & CHORO GUITAR - THIS IS A MUST BUY CD !!! PHENOMENAL !!! RAPHAEL RABELLO IS A MONSTER !!! ... Read more


158. Golden Classics
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5-0 out of 5 stars Xavier Cugat--a classic film favorite!
If you have watched a lot of classic films from the 40s you have probablyseen Xavier Cugat and his band appearing in some of them (like "A DateWith Judy," "Mexican Holiday," and some of the EstherWilliams movies).You will also have heard some of the music from this CD. If you like the latin nightclub scenes from 40s classic films, you willprobably like this CD as well.Sure, the music seems kind of campy now,but listening to this CD is kinda relaxing -- a remnant from a simpler time(at least on celluloid).Tune into that Hollywood Golden Era vibe.

Irecommend this CD, it's one of my favorites.It is also good for ballroomdancing (vintage rhumba, tango, mambo, samba) since Xavier Cugat playedmainly for dancers and uses even tempos. ... Read more


159. Con Amor
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160. Cheers to the Years, Vol. 2
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