October 4, 2010

Reviews and charts October 3, 2010

ARTIST:  various artists
TITLE:  Salsa Explosion! The New York Salsa Revolution 1968-1985
LABEL:  Fania/Strut

REVIEW:  Salsa is one of the USA’s great contributions to 20th century music culture.  Yes, I said the USA – although many if not most of the genre’s key figures were born outside the 50 states, salsa is essentially the product of musicians working in New York City.  Starting from the deep well of Cuban popular music (off-limits to most Americans after the 1962 Cuban embargo), seasoned with pan-Caribbean folkloric traditions (especially those of Puerto Rico) and with the players’ experience in American jazz and R&B bands, these musicians developed a style that has folks around the world dancing to this day.  Fania Records released more NYC salsa records than any label; they’ve just started a licensing program with Strut Records in the UK who specialize in hip, danceable global reissues and this CD is their first joint venture.  It’s a delicious single-disc sample of quintessential tracks from the various subgenres found in American salsa.  Every track’s a winner here.
REVIEWER:  Bill Lupoletti
RECOMMENDED TRACKS:    1 (Afro-Latin)    5 (Latin soul)    9 (son montuno)    12 (boogaloo)    13 (salsa dura)

That's the only review this week, but inside are WRIR's world music charts, as per usual ...

New & Recommended At WRIR
Afro-Beat Airways: West African Shock Waves, Ghana & Togo 1972-1978 | (various artists) | Analog Africa
Antibalas | Who Is This America? | Ropeadope
Apples, The | Kings | Freestyle
Arby, Khaira | Timbuktu Tarab | Clermont Music
Balkanize! | Balkan Eyes | self-released
Bostich + Fussible | Bulevar 2000 | Nacional
Budos Band, The | III | Daptone
Debo Band | Flamingoh (Pink Bird Dawn) | self-released
Krygier, Axel | Pesebre | Crammed Discs
Matorralman | Guateque Estelar | Nacional
Orchestre National De Barbes | Rendez-vous Barbes | Le Chant Du Monde
Roots Of OK Jazz: Congo Classics 1955-1956 | (various artists) | Crammed Discs
Salsa Explosion! The New York Salsa Revolution 1968-1985 | (various artists) | Strut
Septeto Nacional | Sin Rumba No Hay Son | World Village
Soriano, Joan | El Duque De La Bachata | iASO

CMJ New World Top Ten
1 BALKANIZE! | Balkan Eyes | self-released
2 BOSTICH + FUSSIBLE | Bulevar 2000 | Nacional
3 DEBO BAND | Flamingoh (Pink Bird Dawn) | self-released
4 MATORRALMAN | Guateque Estelar | Nacional
5 JOAN SORIANO | El Duque De La Bachata | iASO
6 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Roots Of O.K. Jazz: Congo Classics 1955-56 | Crammed Discs
7 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Afro-Beat Airways: West African Shock Waves (Ghana And Togo 1972-78) | Analog Africa
9 AXEL KRYGIER | Pesebre | Crammed Discs
10 BUDOS BAND | The Budos Band III | Daptone

CMJ New World Adds
1 DARRYL JENIFER | In Search Of Black Judas | ROIR
2 HUUN HUUR TU | Ancestors Call | World Village
3 MOUSSU T E LEI JOVENTS | Putan De Cancon | Le Chant Du Monde
4 SEKOUBA | Sejo | self-released
5 EBO TAYLOR | Love and Death | Strut

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