November 9, 2012
Son De Barrio De Puerto Rico | Que Nadie Te Quite Lo Bailao
TITLE: Que Nadie Te Quite Lo Bailao
I’m always on the lookout for bands that play salsa dura, the hard stuff, the way they played it in NYC (and San Juan, Cali, Caracas and plenty of other places) back in the 1970’s. Son De Barrio do it, they do it their own way, and they do it well. Their very Puerto Rican take on the genre gives as much prominence to cuatro (the undersized guitar that is the national instrument) as it does to piano and horns. Much of their material is rooted in folkloric music (track 1 is a salsified version of a Boricuan classic, and 3 is an original in a similar bag) – they even take a detour into closely-related Cuban son on track 6, a song many of you will recognize from the Buena Vista Social Club. Then on track 4 they burst out of the gate with percussion and coro in the manner of fast-and-furious contemporary salsa groups like La Excelencia and Grupo Gale. Rafael Ithier of El Gran Combo (Puerto Rico’s most famous orchestra) is a supporter of Son De Barrio, and now I’m one too – this is top shelf salsa.
TOP TRACKS: 1 3 4 6
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