Label: Soul Jazz Records
Catalog #: SJR CD 29
Format: 2 X CD
Release Date: 1996
Style: Funk, Latin Jazz
Various Artists - Nu Yorica!
Latin music is exerting an ever-expansive influence on contemporary music, as the work of Ozomatli, Jazzanova and Da Lata will attest. Those interested in exploring the roots of Latin will do well to make this compilation your starting point. Nu Yorica! examines the ground-breaking 1970s work that was produced as a result the interaction of blacks and Latins in New York.
Over the course of two expertly compiled discs, selections from major players Joe Bataan and the legendary Harlem River Drive coexist alongside work from the obscure Ricardo Marrero, Machito Orchestra and Ocho. The quality of the music is truly astounding: hearing the collison of Latin funk and jazz on Cacaho's "La Trompeta Y La Flauta" and the polyrhythmic power "Anabacoa" from Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino are ear-opening experiences. This introduction to a new musical world makes the trite pop of Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez seem even more laughable.
I would also be remiss if I didn't mention the liner notes, which are simply the most exhaustive that I have ever found on a music release and alone justifies the purchase of Nu Yorica! Going well beyond simple discographical information on the featured artists, the 40 page booklet summarizes the cultural development of 20th century New York that provides a crucial social context for the listening experience. The research put into the notes reflects the genuine respect Soul Jazz has for the music, an appreciation that radiates loud and clear on this release. Essential listening.
Copyright ©2001 B.Graff. All rights reserved.
01. Ocho - What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life? (Pt. 1). 1:31)
02. Cortijo Y Su Maquina Del Tiempo - Gumbo. 7:57
03. Cachao - La Trompeta Y La Flauta. 9:07
04. Ricardo Marrero - Babalonia. 5:40
05. Harlem River Drive - Harlem River Drive Theme. 4:02
06. Stone Alliance - Amigos. 5:05
07. Joe Bataan - Latin Strut. 4:02
08. Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino - Anabacoa. 6:22
09. Tempo 70 - El Galleton. 3:09
10. Eddie Palmieri - Un Dia Bonita. 14:48
01. Cortijo Y Su Maquina Del Tiempo - Carnaval. 6:55
02. Ocho - Coco May May. 6:19
03. Harlem River Drive - Idle Hands. 8:27
04. Bobby Vince Paunetto - Little Rico: Little Rico's Theme. 6:38
05. Joe Bataan - Aftershower Funk. 5:11
06. Machito Orchestra - Macho. 14:20