Charlie Palmieri

Tengo Maquina y Voy a 60

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For this 1967 LP, Charlie Palmieri formed a new, jumped-up version of his early-'60s Charanga Duboney (now known as the Duboney Orchestra), rejuvenated with a triple-trumpet and double-trombone attack. Tengo Maquina y Voy a 60 ("I'm Going Like 60") is an enjoyable set, each track taken at a different tempo -- for the record mambo, son montu├▒o, pachadenque, bolerote, mambo cha cha, bolero, guaguanc├│, and guapacha. Trumpeter Bobby Valentin is the only (relatively) big name in his band, though, and despite fierce arrangements and fast tempos, these tracks can't compare to the fine work being done by Ray Barretto or his brother, Eddie, around the same time. Vocalist Victor Velazquez is a good choice for the old-world ballad "En Mi Viejo San Juan," but he's not very strong on the up-tempo numbers.

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