JOE QUIJANO: BARRIO HÉROE

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Joe Quijano and His Fantastic Conjunto Cachana: A Barrio Obrero (Cesta, 196?, The World’s Most Exciting Latin American Orchestra and Revue)

Maybe this is just me but I feel like Quijano never gets enough credit for leading a killer Latin band out of New York in the 1960s. Maybe it’s because he was never on powerhouse labels like Fania or Tico, preferring to go his own route with his own label, Cesta. Regardless, his output holds its own against the Fanias, the Cotiques, et. al. Sleep not.

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KID GUSTO: LATIN REMIX HUNTER

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Kid Gusto: Safari Salvaje (BSTRD Boots, 2011, 12″)

Latin remixes.

Oops. Kid Gusto literally handed a copy of this 12″ to me three years ago and I meant – really I did! – to give it some love back then. Better late than, uh, never? And the thing is: the remixes on this 12: include some of my favorite Latin dance tracks, including a remix of Afrosound’s “Tiro Al Blanco” but “Safari Salvaje” is all-timer for me. Gusto doesn’t even need to do a ton here to juice it up – […]

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SUPER JAZZ DES JEUNES: HAITIANO/CUBANO JAZZ

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Super Jazz Des Jeunes: Ti Grog Moin (IBO, 1963, 20ème Anniversaire)

Afro-Cuban jazz out of Haiti.

One of Haiti’s big orchestra/jazz outfits, dating back to the 1940s. Supposedly inventors of what became called “Voudou jazz.” I love this track’s combo of slow grooving Cuban rhythms and the big brass section.

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OLGUITA: DE MAL OLOR SENTIMIENTO

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Olguita: Hay Un Sentimiento + Era (Surcos, 1975, Olguita 3)

Pop/rock album by Cuba’s Olga Chorens (aka Olga Alvarez aka Olguita).

During this whole “365 Days of Soul” series, I’m trying to just post a song a day.1 However, listening to this Olguita LP again, I had to put up at least two because I just love how funky these tracks are. I never knew much about Olguita but clearly, she was a prolific entertainer in Cuba, the U.S. and especially Puerto Rico.

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GRAB BAG (DEC 2013)

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Earwaves: Young Girls In Mini-Skirts
From S/T (Surrend, 1984)

Earwaves was a short-lived S.F. group that grew out of another short-lived S.F. band: C.P. Salt; I got interested in both because half their personnel was Chinese American including “Hugh Dong” (yeah, I know what you’re thinking). C.P. Salt had more of a boogie feel but as you can hear here, Earwaves had more of a funky new wave style, especially in those crazy synths.

Chano Scotty and His Combo Society: Bossa-a-Go-Go + Consolacion
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