Willie Colón
Siembra
The Sun of Latin Music
Eddie Palmieri

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During the 1970s, New York was the site of a creatively fertile Salsa scene which helped revitalize the city's status as a center of artistically ambitious Latin music. Puerto Rican salsa had developed into an eclectic blend of Latin American roots styles during the '60s, and the strong Puerto Rican presence in New York City meant that the music was readily available. While the New York salseros were somewhat influenced by Latin jazz and the mambo orchestras of the '40s and '50s, salsa was really about consciously returning to traditional Afro-Latin forms, and finding new ways to unite and blend them. To a certain extent, this was a specific reaction against the pop orientation of boogaloo and the crossover rock of Santana, but more importantly, it was a part of the generalized artistic intent that had overtaken much American music -- including rock and jazz -- during the '60s. The flagship label of New York salsa was the highly prolific Fania, founded by multi-instrumentalist Johnny Pacheco with Jerry Masucci; Fania helped create a strong, collaborative community of New York salsa musicians, partly through projects like the Fania All-Stars, which featured dozens of top players and actually headlined a concert at Yankee Stadium in 1973. Other major figures in the New York salsa movement included trombonist Willie Colón, percussion veteran Ray Barretto, singer Rubén Blades, pianist Joe Bataan, and Latin-jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri.

New York Salsa Artists Highlights

Willie Colón
Willie Colón
Eddie Palmieri
Eddie Palmieri
Johnny Pacheco
Johnny Pacheco
Rubén Blades
Rubén Blades
Ray Barretto
Ray Barretto
Celia Cruz
Celia Cruz

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New York Salsa Album Highlights

Siembra
Willie Colón / Rubén ...
Siembra
The Sun of Latin Music
Eddie Palmieri
The Sun of Latin Music
The Player
Willie Colón
The Player
Latin Soul Man
Ray Barretto
Latin Soul Man
Cosa Nuestra
Willie Colón
Cosa Nuestra
Rubén Blades y Son del Solar...Live!
Rubén Blades y Son del ...
Rubén Blades y Son del ...

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New York Salsa Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Pedro Navaja Rubén Blades / Willie Colón
Nada de Ti Eddie Palmieri / Lalo Rodríguez
Pedro Navaja
Willie Colón
Mercy Mercy Baby
Ray Barretto
Che Che Colé Willie Colón
Buscando América Rubén Blades
Machito Forever Tito Puente
Jumpin' with Symphony Sid Tito Puente
El Chivo
Johnny Pacheco
Eso Se Baila Asi Willie Colón

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