Larry Harlow was among the legends to emerge from New York's Fania Records, Latin music's label extraordinaire. During a career that spanned more than 60 years, he played many roles. The producer of 260 Fania singles and albums, and musical director of the Fania All-Stars, he recorded many sets under his own name, and with Orchestra Harlow, which featured some of the salsa era's greatest musicians. He cut Heavy Smokin', his Fania debut, in 1965 and released Orchestra Harlow Presenta A Ismael Miranda in 1968, helping usher in the salsa dura (hard salsa) movement of the 1970s. Though the decade was a turbulent one for Latin music, Harlow's Tribute to Arsenio Rodriguez in 1971 served to unite both contemporary and traditional factions of the Latin music community. He wrote and recorded Hommy: A Latin Opera, which was performed at Carnegie ...
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