El Hijo De Teresa
El Hijo De Teresa
Jimmy Sabater is one of the more revered voices in Latin music – his role as one of the main vocalists with the Joe Cuba band for over 20 years pretty much ensured that. This role saw him take to the fore on some of the biggest crossover hits of the 1960s, and appear on some of the most sought after classics of both boogaloo and the nascent salsa scene. Throughout this period he also made several solo albums which highlighted his wonderful and distinctive voice, across a range of material in both Spanish and English, whilst also showcasing his skills as a timbalero of some talent. Sabater was born in New York in 1936 of parents who had emigrated from Ponce in Puerto Rico. He grew up in the Barrio of Spanish Harlem, surrounded by music, and with neighbours such as Tito Puente, Luis Cruz and Willie Bobo. His dedication to following these greats led to him joining Joe Cuba in the late 50s and immediately giving him a signature song with “To Be With You”. The Joe Cuba Sextet was one of the most popular acts on the early 60s Latin scene, but they reached a new level when they started to incorporate the rnb influenced rhythm of the boogaloo into their repertoire. They had pushed towards this in their later recordings at Seeco, but really captured it when they signed to Tico, when they worked up a suggestive dance routine into a hit record. That record, Bang Bang was a massive record, as was its’ b-side Push Push, follow up Oh Yeah and the album that they were all lifted from Wanted, Dead Or Alive. Over the next few years Cuba and the Sextet continued to mine this vein of success, and Tico convinced Jimmy to record as a solo artist in a series of albums produced by Miguel Estivill. The first solo set out the stall with a mixture of proto salsa, Latin jazz and some classy supper-club soul such as the awesome “Times Are Changing In The USA”. It was however his second effort that is highly sought after today. Named and dedicated to his mother Teresa, it might have perhaps been natural to presume that it would be an album of tender sentimental songs, yet it is nothing of the sort. From the opening salvo of “La Flauta” we are given a tough exciting album, that is on the cusp of everything that was then happening in the world of Latin music. Tracks such as the opener, “Por Primera Vez” and “Vida” are birth of salsa masterpieces, whilst “Now That You’ve Gone” gives us more of the supper club soul sound. However the thing that is different on this LP from the previous one is the addition of a healthy dose of funk; Kool and the Gang’s “Kool It” is given a Latino Funk make-over that now sees it as a proven floor-filler, and “Yroco” is a blend of salsa-funk that is unmatched. After this release Jimmy returned to the Joe Cuba fold, not releasing his next solo album until his 1980 Fania LP Gusto. During that period he also worked with Bobby Marin on tracks by Ocho and a Latin disco 12 inch “To Be With You” on the Salsa label, which is also considered to be a classic today. Jimmy is still very active and performing through til today. We are very happy to be able to bring you this album as part of the Fania Rare Groove series. Written by Dean Rudland
Fania is pleased to announce the release of HAMMOCK HOUSE: SANTIAGO SESSIONS on August 25, the newest installment in their highly-regarded “Hammock House” remix series, produced and mixed by internationally renowned LA-based producer and DJ, Jose Marquez. The iconic entertainment brand, which has evolved from a legendary NYC-based music label to an innovative and digitally-driven global music, entertainment and lifestyle company, is known worldwide for their work with influential DJs, and one of the best examples is their highly-regarded ‘Hammock House’ series.
Stemming from an idea that originated at the Manana Festival in Santiago de Cuba two years ago, Marquez fuses his love for dynamic Afro-Cuban and Caribbean flavors on SANTIAGO SESSIONS with classic Fania tracks from icons such as Hector Lavoe, Ray Barretto, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. Standout tracks include “Aguanile,” the iconic song from Fania legends Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe which first appeared on the album El Juicio in 1972, for which Marquez enlisted noted musicians Bobby Wilmore and Lazaro Galarraga, who specialize in Afro-Cuban percussion, to perform on congas and bata drums. Another showstopper on the release is “Herencia Africana,” which was composed by Javier Vazquez and recorded by the legendary Celia Cruz and Sonora Matancera on the album Feliz Encuentro, released in 1982. In the song, Cruz talks about her African Heritage/influence, so Marquez brought in US-based musicians originally from Mali to perform and emphasize the African elements of the song, using a djembe instead of congas and a Balafon which is a traditional African version of a marimba/xylophone.
Fania launched the groundbreaking ‘Hammock House’ series in 2011 with the release of its first acclaimed compilation from the celebrated producer/DJ Joe Claussell entitled ‘Hammock House Africa Caribe.’ With each thematic installment, Fania has teamed up with innovative DJ/producers such as Louie Vega, Toy Selectah and The Whiskey Barons, providing them with access to Fania's treasure vaults and the original multitrack master tapes from recordings by classic artists to create fresh takes on Fania’s musical legacy to introduce to new generations of fans.
1. Celia Cruz - Un Bembe Pa Yemaya (Jose Marquez Remix)
Congas: Bobby Wilmore, Lazaro Galarraga
Bata Drums: Bobby Wilmore, Lazaro Galarraga
2. Ray Barretto - Indestructible (Jose Marquez Remix)
Piano: Claudio Passavanti
Bass: Claudio Passavanti
Congas: Ismel Wignall
Saxophone: Elias Perez
Joaquin "Joe" Claussell
|African Fantasy (Joaquin Joe Claussell Remix)|
|Undeniable Love (Joaquin Joe Claussell Remix)|
|Mambo Mongo (Joaquin Joe Claussell Remix)|
|Chango (Joaquin Joe Claussell Remix)|
|Lucumi (Joaquin Joe Claussell Remix)|
|Exodus (Joaquin Joe Claussell Remix)|
|O Mi Shango (Joaquin Joe Claussell Remix)|
|Mi Congo Te Llama (Joaquin Joe Claussell Remi|
|Me Voy Ahora (Joaquin Joe Claussell Remix)|