Los Kimbos

Los Kimbos Con Adalberto Santiago

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This exciting, short-lived group was actually comprised of some of the members of Típica '73, and they made quite an impression in four records altogether (two with Adalberto Santiago, who decided to pursue a solo career afterwards). The vocalist shines on all cuts, with arrangers Sonny Bravo, Oscar Hernández, Gil López, and Jorge Millet allowed free rein for their creative wits. "Te Soy Sincero" (arranged by trumpeter Pablo Domínguez) is a particularly clever tune that enjoyed strong popularity, and "Salamera" features Harry Viggiano on guitar (listen for that dramatic, kinetic coda); this is an example of how salsa can deviate from its Cuban roots when its collective approach invites creativity in an offbeat, friendly way. A must for those who are game for the late-'70s, high-voltage New York style.

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