Category Archives: Latin

RUMBITA BUENA: RUMBA FUNK AND FLAMENCO POP FROM THE 1970s BELTER AND DISCOPHON ARCHIVES.

Rumbita Buena: Rumba Funk and Flamenco Pop From The 1970s Belter and Discophon Archives. Label: Pharaway Sounds. As the sixties gave way to the seventies, many within the Spanish music industry realised that the next few years were hugely important for the future of Spanish music. What these songwriters, producer and musicians realised that music …

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THE BEST VINYL RELEASES OF 2017 PART 4.

The Best Vinyl Releases Of 2017 Part 4. The Monkees-Summer Of Love. Label: Rhino. Even today, The Monkees divides the opinion of many critics and record buyers. Partly that is because of the perception that The Monkees were a manufactured band that was the brainchild of television executives. Despite that, The Monkees went on to …

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DOLORES VARGAS-“LA TERREMOTO” ANANA FUNK HIP 1970-75. 

Dolores Vargas-“La Terremoto” Anana Funk Hip 1970-75. Label: Pharaway Sounds. Ask anyone who saw Dolores Vargas at the peak of the powers in the early seventies and they almost go misty eyed as they describe a flamboyant performer who combined a unique and inimitable mixture of flamenco funk, gypsy funk and rumba pop with a …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2017-PART 2.

The Best Reissues Of 2017-Part 2. Cromwell-At The Gallop. Label: Got Kinda Lost Records. By 1975, Ireland had a vibrant music scene, and one of its rising stars Cromwell, was about to release its debut album, At The Gallop. It was an album guaranteed to get any party started, and feared an irresistible fusion of …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2017-PART 3.

The Best Reissues Of 2017-Part 3. Erasmo Carlos-Sonhos E Memórias 1941-1972 Label: Light In The Attic Records. When Sonhos E Memórias 1941-1972 was released in 1972, this was the last instalment in a trio of albums that featured Erasmo Carlos at his creative zenith. His bubblegum beginnings seemed a long time ago, and he was …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2017 PART 1.

The Best Compilations Of 2017 Part 1. Every week of the year, dozens of compilations are released by independent and major record labels which makes choosing just a few of the highlights of 2017 no easy task. However, after much consideration I’ve managed to choose The Best Compilations Of 2017. Acetone-1999-2001 Label: Light In The …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2017 PART 3.

The Best Compilations Of 2017 Part 3. Innerpeace-Rare and Spiritual Funk and Jazz Gems: The Supreme Sound Of Producer Bob Shad. Label: Wewantsounds. Nowadays, the music Mainstream Records released between 1964 and 1978 is more popular than ever. It seems that with every passing year more people discover the delights of Mainstream Records’ illustrious back-catalogue. …

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MORENA Y CLARA-NO LLORES MAS.

Morena Y Clara-No Llores Más. Label: Pharaway Sounds. As 1973 dawned, a new Spanish flamenco-pop duo Morena y Clara, were about to make their debut at the now legendary tablao restaurant Caripen in Madrid. This was where just Los Grecas had been discovered just a few months previously by producer José Luis de Carlos and …

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MAYNARD FERGUSON-M.F HORN 4 AND 5: LIVE AT JIMMY’S.

Maynard Ferguson-M.F. Horn 4 and 5:Live At Jimmy’s. BGO Records. The first time many jazz fans heard Canadian jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, was when he joined the when the twenty-four year old joined Stan Kenton’s new Innovations Orchestra in 1949. This was home for Maynard Ferguson for the next four years and was where he …

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ASARAN EARTH TRIO-WHY SHOULD YOUR HEART NOT DANCE.

Asaran Earth Trio-Why Should Your Heart Not Dance. Nowadays, 8.2 million people call New York City home, including many musicians and vocalists who have arrived in the Big Apple from the seven continents of the world. They know that New York is still one of the musical capitals of the world, and home to some …

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EMILIO APARICIO MOOG EXPANSION GALACTICA.  

Emilio Aparicio Moog Expansión Galáctica. Label: Mental Experience. Nowadays, the words pioneer and innovator tend to be overused, and musicians who create truly groundbreaking music seem to be sadly, few and far between. While there are some pioneering musicians whose music continues to push musical boundaries, there are no longer as many as there once …

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LETS DO THE BOOGALOO. 

Lets Do The Boogaloo. Label: BGP. By the time eighteen year old Chubby Checker released his cover of The Twist in the summer of 1960, records that that launched new dance crazes were nothing new. They had been around since the late-fifties, when The Diamonds 1957 single The Stroll launched a short-lived dance craze. It …

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HILARIO DURAN-CONTUMBAO.

Hilario Durán-Contumbao. Label: Alma Records. Nowadays, sixty-four year old Hilario Durán is regarded as one of the greatest Cuban pianists of the ‘20th’ Century. His career began in 1973, and twenty-five years later, in 1998,  he left Cuba behind and  emigrated to Toronto in Canada, which has been his adopted home for the past two decades. However, when  Hilario Durán …

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ASTRID KULJANIC TRANSATLANTIC EXPLORATION COMPANY-RIVA.

Astrid Kuljanic Transatlantic Exploration Company-Riva. Label: One Trick Dog Records. It was Astrid Kuljanic’s love of jazz that resulted in her leaving her home on the beautiful island of Cres, which is a natural paradise surrounded by the deep blue Adriatic Sea. However, a new life and the opportunity of a lifetime awaited Astrid Kuljanic in …

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ELIANA CUEVAS-GOLPES Y FLORES.

Eliana Cuevas-Golpes y Flores.  Label: Alma Records. It was twenty years ago in 1997, when Venezuelan singer, songwriter and bandleader Eliana Cuevas arrived in Toronto, Canada, which she now calls home. Since then, Eliana Cuevas’ career has flourished, and the award-winning singer-songwriter is now one of the most successful Latin American singers of her generations. …

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KEV BEADLE PRESENTS PRIVATE COLLECTION VOLUME 3.

Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3. Label: BBE. Just over three years have passed since BBE released Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 2 to plaudits and praise in July 2014. Since then, much has changed in the life of DJ, club promoter, compiler and inveterate crate-digger Kev Beadle.  The unthinkable happened in 2016 …

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RON KADISH-TALES FROM UNDER.

Ron Kadish-Tales From Under. Label:  Kadishtunes. Twenty-four years ago, in 1993, bassist Ron Kadish dropped out of graduate school and embarked upon a career as a freelance musician. This could’ve been the biggest mistake of his life, and a decision he lived to regret. Fortunately, this throw of the dice paid off, and Ron Kadish’s …

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MERIDIAN BROTHERS-DONDE ESTAS MARIA?

Meridian Brothers-Donde Estás Maria? Label: Soundway Records. Nearly two years after the release of their sixth album Los Suicidas in November 2015, musical shape-shifters the Meridian Brothers return with their much-anticipated seventh album Donde Estás Maria? on the ‘8th’ of September 2017. It’s the fourth album that the Bogota-based Meridian Brothers have released since signing …

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CLAUDE LOMBARD-CHANTE.

Claude Lombard-Chante. Label: Sommor Records. By 1969, twenty-four year old Belgian chanteuse Claude Lombard had been involved in the music industry for seven years, and had already written several scores and appeared as a session singer on numerous singles.  Claude Lombard had also represented Belgium at Eurovision Song Contest and released a number of singles …

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BOBBY HUTCHERSON-HIGHWAY ONE, CONCEPTION: THE GIFT OF LOVE AND UN POCO LOCO.

Bobby Hutcherson-Highway One, Conception: The Gift Of Love and Un Poco Loco. Label: BGO Records. Less than three years after Bobby Hutcherson made his recording debut, the twenty-three year old vibraphonist released his debut album The Kicker on Blue Note Records in 1963. This was the start of the most prolific period of his long …

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