Cortijo y Su Combo

Sorongo: Que es lo Que el Blanco Tiene de Negro?

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Cortijo's late-'60s group was one of his finest. With a three-trumpet lineup and Jorge Millet's highly radical style (this was among his finest efforts), his band's style lies between a traditional and modern one. "Coje Pa' la Cola" is a swinging mini-masterpiece; "Chinito Boogaloo" is a kooky approach to the late-'60s trend; the title tune is a bit of madness, performed by the bandleader himself; and "Sacame de Aqui" is a bolero duet, performed by Pepito Negrón and Jorge Millet, In all, this marvelous recording adds a new notch to Cortijo's extensive discography, although, by misfortune, it never caught fire in the way of earlier and less sophisticated efforts.

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