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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound “II” (1970, International/Fania)

About eight years ago a good friend (shout out to Hector) and I put together a mix as a promo for a store we had established back in Orlando, Florida. Rather than handing out flyers, we felt it was more effective to make some mixes and add a commercial at …

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Worldwide Wednesdays
Latin Worldwide Sounds

My Barrio Weighs A Ton – Fighting the Gentrification of Latin Music

One of the strongest and most profound memories I have of my childhood is of being 10 years old and visiting the historic El Moro fort in Viejo San Juan with my brother and grandparents. While we were on the top platform and overlooking the Ocean, admiring the view and …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Alice Clark “Alice Clark” (1972, Mainstream)

I have been obsessed with Alice Clark’s voice going on some time now. Her 1972 self-titled album on Mainstream Records just does everything right for me. Her voice is the perfect mixture of love, pain, longing, and hope. The best example of this on “Never Did I Stop Loving You”. …

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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: Ray Barretto “Que Viva La Musica” (1972)

Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls had “Sirius” by The Alan Parsons Project as their intro music. Puerto Rico’s 1972 Island wide Basketball champions, Colegio San Antonio in Isabela, had “Que Viva La Musica“. My father was the starting point guard that year. Decades years latter when I was a …

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Future Classics
Eclectic Soul & Funk

Future Classic: Standing On The Corner (Self-Titled)

Driving through Williamsburg one afternoon on my way to Crown Heights to catch up with the one called Standing On The Corner I couldn’t help but notice the mismatched and rapidly changing realities I was driving through. From block to block you experience a collage of living conditions and realities …

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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: Cortijo & His Time Machine “Y Su Maquina Del Tiempo” (1973)

Music is the greatest time and space traveler so when the snow and cold of New York has me needing to be somewhere warmer, I always turn to Cortijo. Rafael Cortijo’ career spanned over 50 years and countless genres. The beauty of Cortijo was his ability to balance the traditional …

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Future Classics
Latin

Future Classic: Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band “Love Like This”

Bacao Rhythm & Steel BandLast summer I went to check out Roy Ayers do a small intimate performance on a rooftop in Brooklyn. Sounds sexier than it was considering the rain and countless amounts of cornballs who somehow happened to show up. Following the performance we were treated to Rich …

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Future Classics
Latin Soul

Future Classic: ÌFÉ “House Of Love”

I have been a fan of Otura Mun for some years now. Back when he went by DJ Nature and was a member of Cultura Profetica I always appreciated his contributions and vibe, which fused a Hip-Hop aesthetic to the roots reggae flavors. A few years later he did a …

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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: Dax Pacem “La Tumba” (Sociedad Records)

The third installment of Sociedad‘s Dura Series is another perfect representation of the heavy and elite flavors of New York City salsa. From the signature sound of the band to the backstory of the label they were on, Dax Pacem embodies the golden era of salsa. Their legendary stage battles …

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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: Eddie Lebron “Ghetto Records presents Eddie Lebron” (1970)

Every record digger has albums that simply elude them. Doesn’t matter how many rat feces infested basements they rummage through or how many pounds of sweat they have lost digging through piles upon piles upon piles of Herb Albert albums, certain albums just seem to never show up. Ghetto Records …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Tarika Blue “Tarika Blue” (1977, Chiaroscuro Records)

The realities of winter are becoming much more evident these past few days. The cold wind is slowly breaking through the left over crispness of fall and the darkness of night has crept in and stolen more of the afternoon glow. I hate winter. He is a guest who overstays …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Leon Ware “Musical Massage” (1976)

On my top 5 albums of all time lies Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You”. When it comes to pure sensual soul nothing tops the mix of Marvin’s voice with the amazing mix of musicality that weaves its way throughout that album. It is an album I have heard my entire …

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