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Charanga - Tradicion Cubana en Nueva York. Vocals: Willie García

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  • Audio CD (March 15, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Montuno Records
  • ASIN: B000005DIV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,353,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. on July 16, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This second Montuno Records Cd that I review, and that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND (Montuno TCD-524) is a GREAT 1987 `one-off' recording with an all-star cast consisting mainly of Puerto-Rican New-York musicians.

The music is therefore not necessarily too musical, or traditionally Cuban (like SAR's Charangas for example) but more up-tempo, rhythmical and dynamic, with just a few Jazzy touches in some parts...

This then makes it for a more modern style of Charanga recording, without breaking any boundaries as they stay liable to the traditional Charanga orchestration, without adding anything of unconventional.

What these Puerto-Rican guys do add though, is a few Cuban `Songo' edges here and there which is a more rhythmical and accelerated type of Son music that began to be played in Cuba around the 1970's, and some Cha-Onda sort of edges too, which is also a more accelerated type of rhythm that Cuba's Orquesta Aragón started to do in the 70's and 80' which works VERY WELL with this band!...
(Don't ask me for proper details about the two rhythms because I could not give them concretely ...)

This album therefore offers a different alternative for those of you who want to change a bit from the great, but more contemporary styles of Charanga recordings like: Orquesta Aragon and Orquesta América, or Orquesta Broadway and SAR's Charanga De La 4...

[The genre of Charanga by the way, is a Cuban type of Latin music with violins generally following up the piano rhythmically, a Conga-Drum, a timbale player playing on the smaller cowbell, someone on güiro (gourd scraper) often singing with some guys on vocals/choruses, and a Flutist CONSTANTLY soloing...]
Therefore you MUST know that this album is also about constant Flute jamming.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Canuco on October 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Son Primero, a fabulous 1987 charanga release on Montuno with plenty of free blowing from the various luminaries present. Flutist Dave Valentin sounds superb, as does Pupi Legaretta (violin), the late great lyrical Jorge Dalto (piano), Charlie Santiago (timbales) and the very talented Oscar Hernandez (piano on some of the cuts). It's very exciting charanga in a modern context. Dave Valentin is in his true element. He has never sounded better The only drawback is it's short run time but then again this was structured for lp. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Son Primero, A very tight band Oscar Hernandez (Spanish Harlem Orchestra) and Dave Valentin are unreal in this project Im not sure why this band only made one cd, but it is a shame whatever the reason. This is flute Playing Ladies and Gentleman few flute players come close to Dave from any era period. No filler Material just 6 snmoking cuts. Charanga collectors What are you waiting for?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SeanFurl on July 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
One of my all-time Latin favorites. Too bad it's out of stock at present
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