I call this El Watusi playlist Salsa con Yambu y Bembe and it’s an eclectic bag of ‘Swing’ which includes New York grit from back in the day by the likes of Ray Santiago as well as Johnny Pacheco on Noche Buena from his Flute and Latin Jam album which features a who’s who of salsa legends like Monguito on vocals, Barry Rogers on Trombone, Chombo Silva on sax, Chocolate Armenteros on trumpet and Pupi Legarreta on violin …c’mon!!!
Also included are some recent NYC style grooves by Mongorama featuring Poncho Sanchez and Oscar Hernandez as well as the ever-talented Michael Stuart who is quickly becoming one of this Dj’s contemporary favorites.
Then we head South of the border with the likes of Santiago All-Stars, Rene Rodriquez and his infectious Estamos En Clave, which doesn’t miss a beat, and the very talented Oscar Ledezma Y Los Okanais’s salsa tribute to Santeria Shango Y Santa Barbara – a tune which can certainly heal your soul it’s so smoking hot, as well as a distinctive bachata with catchy phrasing and distinct melody by Sergio Vargas, Que Hare.
I had to throw in a little Jesus Cepeda Y Su Grupo ABC with a little typica sounding groove called Severa that swings with a pachanga beat that is infectious, as this type of talent must be recognized and applauded.
Lastly, I need to add a tribute to my childhood friend Jerry Gonzalez who is cementing his place in the history of Latin music as a true Latin jazz legend. From his new album release, I chose Equipoise.
Abrasos, Dj Bosco