Francisco Aguabella / Benny Velarde

Ay Que Rico!

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Benny Velarde and Francisco Aquabella were among a number of Latin percussionists, performers, and bandleaders who got a chance to record during the late '50s as Latin music enjoyed a surge in popularity. Both led steady, competent ensembles that made songs solidly in the groove, designed for dancing. Although neither was a great soloist, they provided the requisite backbeats and rhythms with zest. This 1962 collection is evenly divided between Velarde and Aquabella's orchestras, and offers delightful, infectious Latin dance material with a modicum of instrumental distinction.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:23
2 3:39
3 2:37
4 3:56
5 2:55
6 2:51
7 4:01
8 3:35
9 2:43
10
2:48
11 3:00
12 3:04
13 2:55
14 4:33
15 3:07
16 2:27
17 2:21
18 2:37
19 3:09
20
2:55
21 2:38
22 3:16
23 3:08
24 5:16
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