Rough Guide to Salsa Dura NYC

July 3, 2016 - Comment

With its thrilling, fast paced energy and hot-blooded spirit, Salsa Dura NYC is music made for dancing. Born in the nightclubs of the Bronx, Spanish Harlem and Brooklyn of the 1970′s this is the no-frills, hard (dura in Spanish) Latin music whose revival is filling Latin clubs around the world. Artists include – Eddie Palmieri,

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With its thrilling, fast paced energy and hot-blooded spirit, Salsa Dura NYC is music made for dancing. Born in the nightclubs of the Bronx, Spanish Harlem and Brooklyn of the 1970′s this is the no-frills, hard (dura in Spanish) Latin music whose revival is filling Latin clubs around the world.

Artists include – Eddie Palmieri, Wayne Gorbea, Los Soneros Del Barrio, Jimmy Delgado, Chino Nuñez, Chico Alvarez, Jimmy Bosch, George Delgado, Las Estrellas Cobo, Ricky González, Joe Quijano & his Conjunto Cachana”Salsa dura” isn’t simply a genre of music. It’s a feeling, born of a certain people in a certain time. In this case–the sounds of dancehalls and hotel ballrooms of the Bronx, Spanish Harlem and Brooklyn in the 1970′s. The lively Rough Guide to Salsa Dura NYC attempts to encapsulate that energy in an hour’s worth of music. A heady task, but the collection does a good job of highlighting the premiere showmen of the genre. It’s being kept alive today by all the classic and contemporary artists featured on the disc. Los Soneros Del Barrio, who formed in 1999, showcase tight grooves during “Babaila;” and bandleader Eddie Palmieri, whose career spans more than half a century, offers the sublime “Lo Que Traigo Es Sabroso II.” Elsewhere, Jimmy Bosch’s appropriately titled “El Embajador” (“The Ambassador”) commands respect; and Joe Quijano & His Conjunto Cachana do right by the standard “I Get a Kick Out of You.” Horns blare, voices wail and you can practically see the twirls across the dance floor.The only quibble is a common one in the genre: a lack of female voices. Thankfully, Las Estrellas Cobo’s “Don Ramon” features the confident swagger of Yousie Barbara. –Joey Guerra

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Canuco says:

Ya Wanna Dance? Ok! So you thought that salsa was dead and gone in NYC… but you’re wrong. Salsa is alive and well. This compilation cd is a great example. This release, Rough Guide to Salsa Dura NYC, more than lends itself as proof solid that you don’t have to go to France or Japan to enjoy salsa. All the musicians in the cd, with perhaps the exception of the ever travelling Eddie Palmieri, regularly play in NYC. The tracks are all well chosen and lend themselves well to the dance floor. If you are new to…

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