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Son Cubano NYC - Cuban Roots, New York Spices 1972-1982
A1Rey Roig Y Su Sensacion - Son Sabroson
A2Charlie Rodriguez Y Su Conjunto - Cuchillo Para La Pina Cubana
A3Chocolate - Chocolate En C7
B1Henry Fiol - Tiene Sabor
B2Lita Branda - Yo Perdi El Corazon
B3Roberto Torres - Camina Y Ven Pa' La Loma
C1Chocolate Caliente - Mi Guajira - Inspiracion
C2Los Jimaguas - Los Dos Hermanos
C3Fernando lavoy Y Los Soneros - Cojelo Suave
D1Angelo Y Su Conjunto Modelo - Celosa
D2Chocolate - Trumpet En Monttuno
D3Henry Fiol - Oriente

Son Cubano NYC
Cuban Roots, New York Spices 1972-1982

Honest Jon's | Item No: 118579
Vinyl 2LP | 2004 / EU – Original | New
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Almost all of the afro-Cuban music in this compilation fell under the new marketing category ‘salsa’ (up till then it would have been simply called Latin music), and its cradle was New York City, where the tradition flourished amidst the constant mix of ethnicities and so many styles of music.

It was inevitable that afro-Cuban music would proliferate in new genres reflecting its new home. Afro-Cuban jazz was born in New York City, through the amalgamating creativity of musicians like Chano Pozo, Machito, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. Likewise Boogaloo in the mid sixties, coming out of Harlem, joining Guajira and son with soul, R and B and doo-wop.

The recordings on Son Cubano NYC were made over the decade beginning 1972, for the new Salsoul and SAR labels and their sisters Mericana and Guajiro. For the trumpeter Chocolate, the music has ‘broader harmonies and touches of jazz phrasing, but never leaves the raices and cinquillo… Cuban music is natural - its essence is its raices [roots]’. For the singer Henry Fiol, ‘New York salsa is a hybrid. When Cuban music moved to New York it added another flavour.’

Latin music was exploding in the City. You could hear deejays like Polito Vega playing on the radio at any time of day; you could go dancing any night of the week, throughout the boros, at clubs like Corsos, Casablanca, Bronx Casino, Ochentas, Club Cabrojena, Carlos Ortiz’ Tropicana, Hunts Point Palace. And yet — held back because of the unmistakable Cuban personality of its music — ‘the success of SAR was due mainly to word of mouth’, as co-founder Sergio Bofill recalls. ‘We didn’t get airplay and found that we could do without it and still sell albums in the USA, Europe, and Africa’. This was still the period of the Cold War — when Eddie Palmieri was accused of ‘communist salsa’ for his song Mozambique (which isn’t even salsa) — and the radio stations did their bit to suppress Cuban culture.
Within a few years — by the mid-80s — New York salsa was becoming stagnant: ‘boring and monotonous’, in the words of historian Max Salazar; for Charlie Palmieri, ‘Europeanized’ in its disavowal of improvisation. The music-making on this album was dismissed as old-fashioned. Actually — in the glory of its long, flowing, rootsy forms, in the irresistible spell it casts on dancers everywhere — it is timeless.

Al Angeloro
Item Details
Item No:118579
Artist:Son Cubano NYC
Titel:Cuban Roots, New York Spices 1972-1982
Label:Honest Jon's
Format:Vinyl 2LP, Vinyl, LP
Pressing:EU – Original
Release Date:2004
Genre:Organic Grooves
Style:Funk / Soul, Latin / Brazil
Available since:14.11.2007
Price:18,99 €
Weight:500g (plus 250g Packaging)
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