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Latin Music USA

By October 25, 2009

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In case you need to brush up on your Latin jazz history, PBS has a four-part documentary that you can view online called "Latin Music USA." I already had an understanding of the melding of jazz and Afro-Cuban music through Dizzy Gillespie and Machito, but what I didn't realize was how much the rock and roll of the 50s and 60s borrowed from the mambos of earlier decades. What I found especially fascinating was how the Latin music of the 60s and 70s then borrowed elements of R&B and rock music to create boogaloo, which led to the rise of salsa and the esteemed (notorious?) Fania Records.


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October 30, 2009 at 11:21 am
(1) George says:

esteemed? Notorious was more on the money. FANIA is (or was) to Salsa and latin music what GRP is (or was) to Jazz and Fusion. ha ha ha

Everyone and anyone who was anyone – was under Fania.

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