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The Christmas classic “Feliz Navidad” turned 50 in 2020, and Jose Feliciano is celebrating by inviting a few guest artists to sing along in a new version of it. Perlude to “Feliz Navidad“ Jose Feliciano was doing very well at the time “Feliz Navidad“. He had already recorded a dozen albums, starting with his first […] The post Jose Feliciano: 50 Years of “Feliz Navidad” appeared first on Latino Music...
The Christmas classic “Feliz Navidad” turned 50 in 2020, and Jose Feliciano is celebrating by inviting a few guest artists to sing along in a new version of it.
Jose Feliciano was doing very well at the time “Feliz Navidad“. He had already recorded a dozen albums, starting with his first one in 1965. Jose was still riding on the popularity of his 1968 mega-hit “Light My Fire“, had won two Grammy awards for that album, and then came his memorable rendition of the national anthem before the 5th game of that year’s World Series.
By 1970, Feliciano was thinking of making a Christmas album.
Along with his producer Rick Jarred, Feliciano began selecting classic Christmas songs for the album. Rick suggested that they needed to include an original song, and moments later, Jose began singing “Feliz Navidad“.
Here’s a video of Jose Feliciano explaining more about the song.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the song, Jose Feliciano invited a few guest artists to sing along a new version of his song. Among them are members of the group CNCO, La India, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. This version is exclusive of Amazon Music, but I did find a version on YouTube.
I’m glad to announce that Latino Music Café debuts a new Events Calendar to list the virtual concerts offered for Latin music fans. The idea is to list virtual events that will mostly be virtual concerts but occasionally might include other virtual events. As we get into the Christmas season, and with virtual concerts starting […] The post New Events Calendar for Virtual Concerts appeared first on Latino Music...
I’m glad to announce that Latino Music Café debuts a new Events Calendar to list the virtual concerts offered for Latin music fans.
The idea is to list virtual events that will mostly be virtual concerts but occasionally might include other virtual events. As we get into the Christmas season, and with virtual concerts starting to get a footing with producers, we are starting to see a greater number of virtual concerts coming in the next few weeks.
Just this week we have virtual concerts by Ismael Miranda & Chucho Avellanet, Johnny Ventura, Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo, and Gilberto Santa Rosa. There are announced concerts for December by Danny Rivera and Tito Nieves, with others in the making by Luis Perico Ortiz and Jose Feliciano.
The Events Calendar works well for virtual events since Latino Music Café readers are in a variety of locations around the world. For that same reason, a “normal” events calendar promoting local events was not something where I wanted to spend my time and energy.
I hope you’ll find the Events Calendar useful as a list of virtual concerts that may be of your interest.
If you know of a virtual concert that I have not listed, please send me the information to my email (email@example.com) and I will try to include it in the calendar. The more contributions the better for all of us.
Your contributions will be appreciated by all of us in the Latino Music Café community.
Tito Rodriguez’s “Live at the Palladium” gives you a front seat of a great performance recorded 60 years ago at this palace of Latin music. In 1960 Tito Rodriguez and his orchestra were still at the top of their game. They decided to record this album in October of that year. This occurred around the […] The post Tito Rodriguez “Live at the Palladium” 60th Anniversary appeared first on Latino Music...
Tito Rodriguez’s “Live at the Palladium” gives you a front seat of a great performance recorded 60 years ago at this palace of Latin music.
In 1960 Tito Rodriguez and his orchestra were still at the top of their game. They decided to record this album in October of that year. This occurred around the time when then-Senator John F. Kennedy was in a tough race for the presidency against incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon. Tito’s career exploded in the ’50s and he wanted to start the ’60s with a bang!
“Live at the Palladium” features 10 songs; five of what we would call today Salsa (but the term hadn’t been coined back then) and five Latin Jazz. The latter featured Tito’s great orchestra, which included a young Eddie Palmieri on the piano.
Many of today’s Salsa fans will recognize two emblematic Rodriguez songs; “Mama Güela” and “El Sabio“. Latin Jazz fans can’t miss the popular “Satin and Lace“.
Proof of the album’s popularity was that Tito recorded a similar one, “Tito Rodriguez Returns to the Palladium Live” the following year (1961).
Humberto Ramirez dedicated one of his weekly Facebook Live music programs to this album. He did a fantastic job, as he normally does. But this program in particular got my attention to the significance of this recording.
I’m sharing the link to the recording of the Humberto Ramirez Facebook Live program below. Hopefully, you’ll have better luck than I did was I was only able to listen to Humberto when he talked, but not when he played the music. Thankfully I was able to pick up some great information about this recording on the comments I could listen to.
Humberto Ramirez Facebook Live (recorded) program on Tito Rodriguez “Live at the Palladium”.
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The list of nominees for the Latin Grammy 2020 Best Latin Jazz Album is really good this year. There are three well-known artists and two not-so-popular, but they are just as good nonetheless. Best Latin Jazz Album 2020 To keep this short and sweet, I’ll list the nominees along with my comments below… Sonero: The […] The post Latin Grammy 2020: Best Latin Jazz Album appeared first on Latino Music...
The list of nominees for the Latin Grammy 2020 Best Latin Jazz Album is really good this year. There are three well-known artists and two not-so-popular, but they are just as good nonetheless.
To keep this short and sweet, I’ll list the nominees along with my comments below…
The busy Puerto Rican saxophonist and bandleader paid a respectful homage to his Salsa idol. Miguel used his creative mind to convert some of the iconic songs from the late Salsa star into jazz melodies that enable his talented band to express themselves.
You can read my full review of Miguel Zenon’s “Sonero“ at this link.
I have to be honest; I had never heard of the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra (APJO) before. However, I do love Afro-Peruvian music and I do love Jazz. So the combination sounded interesting.
“Tradiciones” is a beautiful album that combines these two streams of music in an elegant package. The orchestra is fantastic and doesn’t hurt to have Peruvian music legend Eva Ayllon as a guest in one of the songs.
This 20 piece jazz orchestra was created by Anibal Seminario and Lorenzo Ferrero, both Peruvian composers and woodwind players.
Perhaps the only drawback of “Traditions” is that the album is relatively short with just 6 songs and 40-minute duration. Yet, this does not take away from making it a short enjoyable listening journey.
Chick Corea, the legendary jazz musician is again drawing from the Latin vein in this well-crafted jazz album. Corea brings in Latin music legend Ruben Blades to collaborate in two songs of “Antidote“. The Spaniard-flavored music is certainly worthy of this nomination.
The Puerto Rican jazz marvel is back in the saddle with this fantastic jazz album. Sanchez’s last recording as a leader was back in 2008, besides the two albums with Ninety Miles in 2011 and 2012.
In “Carib” David Sanchez delivers 11 songs of contemporary jazz that showcase his skill at the saxophone.
I missed David’s music and am glad to see him come back with gusto.
Emilio Solla delivers a unique album with a great mixture of Jazz with Tango and other rhythms, in an exquisite way. I was really impressed by the orchestration, arrangements, and musicality in this album. It features saxophones, piano, and the beautiful intervention of the bandoneon.
The eight songs are captivating and make for an entertaining and relaxing listen.
Miguel Zenon, Chick Corea, and David Sanchez all have great albums, all worthy of their nominations and your attention. Yet, for me, I was really impressed by the music of the underdogs in this category, which means, they aren’t likely to win the Latin Grammy.
Nonetheless, I want to highlight the work of Anibal Seminario and Lorenzo Ferrero and their Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, as well as that of Emilio Solla and his Tango Jazz Orchestra. I love these underdogs and hope they eventually find the popularity of the other nominees in this category.
As always I like to look at the Latin Grammy 2020 nominees as a kind of recommendation list of best recordings to check out. I’ll start my Latin Grammy 2020 comments with the category of Best Salsa Album. Best Salsa Album 2020 To keep this short and sweet, I’ll list the nominees along with my […] The post Latin Grammy 2020: Best Salsa Album appeared first on Latino Music...
As always I like to look at the Latin Grammy 2020 nominees as a kind of recommendation list of best recordings to check out. I’ll start my Latin Grammy 2020 comments with the category of Best Salsa Album.
To keep this short and sweet, I’ll list the nominees along with my comments below…
The legendary Colombian group celebrates 40 years in the Salsa scene, although it’s really 42 years since they were founded in 1978. They just were a bit slow getting their anniversary album out.
But it was worth the wait. The song “Cuarenta Ruedas” is a homage to their great milestone. This song, like others in the album, bring original arrangements that deviate from the normal Salsa arrangements we’re used to. All in all, “40” is an enjoyable album from Niche, with a bit of everything both in the lyrics (Salsa Romántica, Clásica, etc.) and the music in terms of arrangements.
Another band celebrating their 40th anniversary is Luisito Ayala and his Puerto Rican Power. They maintain their signature “Salsa Romántica” themes with their usual thicker Salsa sound, which makes it good for listening and dancing.
The first song, “Ya Me lo Dieron en Vida“, celebrates the band’s 40 years in the Salsa scene. The title is an obvious reference to Mike Amadeo’s song popularized by El Gran Combo “Que Me Lo Den en Vida“.
It’s curious that of the 9 songs contained in the album, the last 3 were recorded at a different session and time. The orchestration is different and the sound quality cloudy. Does give the impression that they needed more songs to complete the album and un-shelved some from a previous recording.
This is almost an EP rather than an album as it contains only 6 songs. The first one “Pa Que Enamorarse” was flagged in Spotify for explicit content, for good reason.
Basically, these are Salsa Romantica / erótica songs with the same formula on all songs. It just changes the lyrics. As singles, the songs individually are ok, but as an album, all songs sound similar. Not much variation on the arrangements; the old Salsa Romantica formula that should be obsolete by now.
The veteran Salsa Romántica idol is back after 5 years of a recording hiatus with more of his signature music. Although with a voice a bit more hoarse, perhaps due to a prolonged period of inactivity in addition to getting older, the Salsa in “Un Gallo Para la Historia” is still good. Tito Rojas fans will be delighted with this recording by “El Gallo Salsero“.
This is a DVD/CD Christmas-themed album, and it’s a very good one. Because it’s a Christmas album, I think it should’ve been in the “traditional” category. That said, I’m glad it’s in this category because with its catchy Salsa Navideña I find it the most enjoyable album in the bunch.
Victor Manuelle did a great job with the song selection and performance in the album. The DVD video is very entertaining with Victor playing an abuelo (grandpa). This serves as a base for remembering the spirit of Christmas from yesteryears.
You can read my full review of “Memorias de Navidad” at this link.
In summary, if I were a Latin Grammy 2020 judge, I would go for either Grupo Niche’s “40” or Victor Manuelle’s “Memorias de Navidad“. After seeing some good hard Salsa albums compete in this category in the past few years, especially last year, it’s a bit disappointing that we didn’t get one of those this year. But, that’s how it goes.
Of course, it’s only my opinion, but to me, it’s clear that “Bobby Valentin Presenta a el Cano Estremera” was Cano’s best album of his career. Before Cano’s First Solo Album Many of us loved many of the songs Cano Estremera recorded with Bobby Valentin. He debuted with Bobby Valentin in 1978 with the “white […] The post Cano Estremera’s Best Album appeared first on Latino Music...
Of course, it’s only my opinion, but to me, it’s clear that “Bobby Valentin Presenta a el Cano Estremera” was Cano’s best album of his career.
Many of us loved many of the songs Cano Estremera recorded with Bobby Valentin. He debuted with Bobby Valentin in 1978 with the “white album” where the big hits were “La Boda de Ella” and “Muñeco de la Ciudad“.
By 1982, Bobby saw clearly that Cano needed a solo album. At the time he had 3 singers in the band, with Johnny Vazquez and Rafael “Rafu” Warner also sharing singing duties. All 3 were good Salsa singers.
Cano Estremera had won the hearts of many Salseros singing the majority of the biggest hits of the four recordings he had done with the maestro of the bass. Bobby seized the opportunity to be the one that would record him a full album. And I suppose he appeased Johnny and Rafu by recording the two of them in a separate album without Cano.
This album had the typical 8 songs, and all of them were hits. Yes, all songs were good. The biggest hits were “El Caiman” and “Awilda“, but really all songs became Salsa hits. But even the slowest song of the album, the easy son montuno “Casa en el Campo“, Cano shines in his singing, making it another great song.
For me, there were two things that really stand out of “Presenta a el Cano Estremera“.
First, the song selection was fantastic. Great lyrics of different tempos that allowed Cano to create soneos out of the good song lyrics.
Secondly, Cano had matured as a singer to the point where his wit and voice were at a peak. His voice inflections and soneos were both top-notch. The album really showcased Cano’s talent as a singer. Of course, we already knew he was a great sonero. The combination of being a great singer and great sonero with a style of his own, really made him a favorite of many salseros, including my wife and me.
The cherry on the top of this album was the music and the guest artists. If you listen closely, the arrangements are first class on the album. And although I believe they are not mentioned in the back cover credits, I heard that Bobby Valentin brought in Papo Lucca on piano and Edgardo Morales on timbales for the recording. The album has no solos, a rarity for the time, so it’s hard to tell.
A couple of years later, Bobby Valentin recorded a second solo album with Cano Estremera, “En Acción” (1984). In my opinion, it was an ok album, but not even close to the great album its predecessor was.
After the 2nd solo album with Bobby, Cano broke up with El Rey del Bajo and assembled his own band. Although I found his first recording really bad, he later improved and recorded some good albums. I would point out the first “Dueno del Soneo” (1989) album, where he goes into Salsa Romantica, but does it in great fashion. However, none of his other solo albums were par to “Bobby Valentin Presenta a el Cano Estremera“.
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