La Playa Sextet

Care to Cha Cha Cha?

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The La Playa Sextet strike a perfect balance between vocal and instrumentals, "authentic" and popular music, and progressive versus "accessible." Part of the reason is the guitar, which makes them almost the group equivalent of Randy Carlos on Fiesta. (Mardi-Gras is very similar to Fiesta, and both labels were quirkier, popular competitors to Tico and other major New York Latin labels.) On the debut Mardi-Gras 12" album, Care to Cha Cha Cha?, the La Playa Sextet present some of their best material from what was already nearly two decades of experience. There are no tremendous surprises, only consistently strong original material performed well. Among cha cha cha albums, this is good stuff.

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