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Various Artists Son Cubano NYC: Cuban Roots New York Spices 1972-82

The 12 tracks here were recorded when New York salsa was at a creative high point, from 1972-82. The result is an album full of strong horns and emotional Spanish vocals sure to draw comparison to the Buena Vista Social Club. But despite the horn players‘ chops (like trumpeter Chocolate‘s turn on "Chocolate En C7" and "Trumpet et Montuno") and the consistently excellent vocals, the album‘s real star is the percussion-these Afro-Latin rhythms are so insistent that even when Lita Branda sings about losing her love, you still want to dance to her heartbreak.

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