Tommy Olivencia

El Negro Chombo

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This superb Tommy Olivencia album captures the band at the height of the artist's notoriety. A little bit of everything is mixed into the stew, including the hit "El Negro Chombo," a samba-cum-calypso tune. The guaracha "Velala" (Simón Pérez recorded the Hiram Vega composition as a bomba) is another treat, and "Madame Chu-Chu" (a merengue) and the humorous "De Que Te Vale" (composed by Rafael Hernández) add a touch of lunacy to the whole wild, diverting recording. Watch for Edgardo Morales' timbales solo in "Aun No Es Tiempo" and musical director Luis "Perico" Ortiz on trumpet solos.

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