La Playa Sextet

The Exciting New La Playa Sound

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The "exciting new sound" of the Sextet is provided by another six stars usually associated with Eddie Palmieri, plus the production of Leroy Holmes. With Vitin Aviles singing it does sound half like the Palmieri and Tito Rodriguez efforts on United Artists, and half like the old La Playa albums. The additional instrumentation lends plenty of sophistication and "excitement" but at the cost of watering down the rich sound of the smaller unit. Further, there are a couple of albums' worth of material crammed into one here, mostly in the dreaded medley format. These are all smooth, enjoyable cuts, but one wishes for more like the three non-medley tunes, two of which are mambos. The variety of rhythms, as well as old and new material, seems intended to please all; it does succeed as a latterday overview of early 1960s Latin.

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