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Rhythm MachineFania records founder Jerry Masucci nurtured a group of musicians who collectively defined the New York-based Latin American dance music called salsa. Masucci packaged his stars in touring revues patterned after the R&B revues mounted by Motown, Stax/Volt and others. The Fania All Stars could thus play such large venues as Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden, promoting both their individual careers and recordings such as Rhythm Machine, which features some big-name jazz guests. Ruben Blades leads a stellar vocal lineup that includes Adalberto Santiago, Hector Casanova, Ada Chabrell, Nancy O'Neill, and Johnny Pacheco, who also plays flute and percussion. Jon Faddis and Randy Brecker are the headliners of a four-piece trumpet section, backed by three trombones, flutes, harp, vibes, and other assorted instruments. --John Swenson1. Ella Fue (She Was The One)
2. En Orbita
4. Peanuts (The Peanut Vendor)
6. Verao Vermelho
7. Steady (Fijo)
8. Juan Pachanga (DayLight)$36.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CaminandoAfter an exploration away from the mainstream of salsa that would last nearly ten years, beginning with the release of 1984's Buscando AmÉrica, RubÉn Blades fans who missed the coro-shouting, compana-banging fun of his Fania years will rejoice in Caminando. Though a contemporary release, with plenty of contemporary influence, Blades' playlist on this record is much more salsa than fusion. From the rollicking, joyful title cut, to the slinky, trombone-driven Colón-esque Prohibido Olvidar, the RubÉn Blades made famous in the dancehalls is back, if but for a short time. The production on Caminando is unique to other Blades productions. The treatment of his voice has a hollow, retro quality that is curious and yet charming. The band, comprised mostly of his recent Seis del Solar cohorts, Ralph Irizarry, Robby Ameen, Oscar Hernandez, Eddy Montalvo, and others, sounds warm and classic. Perhaps it is the tonality of the record, or maybe 1991 was a great year for writing, but nearly every selection features coros and hooks that are more top-of-the-lungs shoutable than anywhere else in the artist's huge catalog. Though Blades would soon return to the Latin fusion experimentation that would characterize the rest of his career, this brief return to the music that made him famous is pure gold.
- Evan C. Gutierrez (All Music)1. Caminando
3. Mientras Duerme La Ciudad
4. Ella Se Esconde
5. Tengan Fe
7. Prohibido Olvidar
8. Cipriano Armenteros
10. Raiz De Suenos$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Joyful NoiseAvailable On Vinyl For The First Time!
Guest Appearances By Solomon Burke, RubÉn Blades A.O.
American guitarist and songwriter Derek Trucks had played with such artists as Bob Dylan, Joe Walsh and Stephen Stills by his twentieth birthday. After performing with The Allman Brothers Band for several years as a guest musician, Trucks became a formal member of the band in 1999 and appeared on 4 of their albums.
Trucks officially formed The Derek Trucks Band in 1996. The album Joyful Noise features guests including his wife Susan Tedeschi (with who he formed The Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2010), Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and soul artist Solomon Burke. Derek is best known for his slide guitar style and plays an eclectic blend of blues, soul, jazz, rock and world music. The Derek Trucks Band won an Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album for Already Free [MOVLP1395] in 2010.LP 1
1. Joyful Noise
2. So Close, So Far Away
3. Home In Your Heart (Featuring Solomon Burke)
4. Maki Madni (Featuring Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)
5. Kam-ma-lay (Featuring RubÉn Blades)
1. Like Anyone Else (Featuring Solomon Burke)
2. Every Good Boy
3. Baby, You're Right (Featuring Susan Tedeschi)
4. Lookout 31
5. Frisell$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now