Friday, January 29, 2010

Juan Pablo Torres - " Algo Nuevo: Con Todos Los Hierros/Super Son" (1977)

One of the premier Cuban trombonist, Juan Pablo Torres, combines his native latin music with funk, soul, jazz, and pure quirkiness. What stands out to me on this record is Torres employing Casio sounding keyboards. Imagine if the original Super Mario Bros. were Cuban instead of Italian. "Extracto de Son" reminds me of the underwater levels of the original Nintendo game. You'll understand it when you hear this. Also, the string arrangements are so dense and dramatic but rhythmic.

The bottom line: this is so funky its hard to recognize all these details in one listen.

I've also included 2 extra tracks from a compilation that wound up on my hard drive somehow.

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