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Salsa de la Bahia vol. 1

A Groundbreaking Anthology of Afro-Cuban Music, Salsa De La Bahía, Reveals the Hidden History of Tropical Heat From the San Francisco Bay Area.

A Two-CD Companion Piece to the Upcoming Documentary Film The Last Mambo, Featuring Latin Music Giants Orestes Vilató, John Santos, Jesus Diaz, John Calloway, and Benny VelardeRather than dwelling on the reasons why the San Francisco Bay Area’s longtime role as a creative hothouse for Latin jazz and salsa has been overlooked and undervalued for half a century, trombonist/arranger Wayne Wallace and filmmaker Rita Hargraves decided to let the music speak for itself. Scheduled for release on Wallace’s Patois label on August 13, Salsa De La Bahía is a two-CD companion piece to Hargraves’ celebratory documentary The Last Mambo, which traces the evolution of the Bay Area’s Latin music scene from Cal Tjader, Benny Velarde, and the Escovedo Brothers to present day masters such as John Santos, Jesus Diaz, and Anthony Blea. The Last Mambo DVD will be released on Patois in spring 2014.

More than a historical survey of the singular sounds that have emerged from the Bay Area, the album opens and closes with three thrilling pieces recorded especially for the project by Estrellas De La Bahia, an all-star orchestra encompassing many of the scene’s key players. The package includes extensive liner notes by Jesse “Chuy” Varela, who has incisively chronicled the Bay Area scene for more than three decades as a journalist (JazzTimes, Latin Beat, The San Francisco Chronicle) and DJ and music director for KCSM.

Featuring

Avance
Anthony Blea y Su Charanga
John Calloway
Jesus Dian y su QBA
Edgardo y Su Candela
Estrellas De La Bahia
La Moderna Tradición

 

Louie Romero y Su Grupo Mazacote
John Santos and the Machete Ensemble
John Santos Sextet
Benny Velarde y Su Super Combo
Orestes Vilató
Vission Latina

 

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CANTO AMÉRICA RECEIVES GRAMMY NOMINATION!

Best Latin Jazz album

World-renowned trombonist Wayne Wallace and percussionist Michael Spiro have earned a GRAMMY ® nomination for “Best Latin Jazz Album” for their CD Canto América on the Patois label. The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

5 out of 5 Stars - Superb!
Not just great music—this is a great work of art. Exquisite musicianship, impeccable performances, with a range that includes vocals, instrumentals, ballads, and uptempo numbers that will get you up and moving—and yet the parts fit together seamlessly. A beautiful, beautiful album. Support these gifted, thoughtful musicians and buy a copy today! – Eric T. Macknight

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