Tuesday, April 28, 2009

CD Review: Nuyorican Boogaloo

Various Artists
Boogaloo Pow Wow: Dancefloor Rendez-Vous In Young Nuyorica
Honest Jon's Records

Boogaloo Pow Wow... is a window into the Latin-dance sound of New York City in the 1960's. An array of styles permeate the album's tracks. Everything from salsa, Afro-Cuban, son, mambo, pachanga, cha-cha-cha, jazz, bolero, and other styles representative of the Latin diaspora. In a way, these aforementioned styles frequently emerged as mixed-musical entities from contemporary American pop music. The soulful and groovy sounds of Willie Rosario, Tito Rodriguez, Willie Bobo, Chuito Velez, and many others showcase the 60's style of nuyorican music. Essentially, the music of the Caribbean -- notably Puerto Rico -- found a home in New York City and an audience across America. Boogaloo Pow Wow... is a remarkable album of vocal and instrumental tunes of historic proportions. A great album for anyone interested in America's early Latin music genres. Your feet will applaud it! ~ Matthew Forss

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