When you think Latin Soul you relate to a mélange of R & B and Mambo rhythms intermixed culturally by and for the youth of America. It was 1974, and a brash youngster by the name of Ralfi Pagan walked into the offices of Fania Records and demanded to be heard. Fania President Jerry Masucci allowed Ralfi that opportunity, and Ralfi auditioned for Jerry right there in his office. It took only a few moments for Masucci to realize that he was in the company of his newest recording artist; he put Ralfi in touch with recording director, Johnny Pacheco, who hurried him into the recording studio for Ralfi’s first Fania recording session.
Regrettably, Ralfi is no longer with us, but it is our good fortune that he has left us a wealth of fine music for our enjoyment and consumption; a mixture of Latin Soul classic ballads for romancin’ and an assortment of up-tempo jams for partyin’ down.
Written by Bobby Marin
Recorded At - Impact Sound Studio
Audio Engineer – Richard Alderson
Original Cover Photo – Marty Topp
Original Cover Design – Izzy Sanabria
Arrangements – Marty Sheller
Recording Director – Johnny Pacheco
Producer – Jerry Masucci
Cuando uno piensa en soul latino, lo relaciona con una mezcolanza de R & B y ritmos de mambo, entremezclado culturalmente por y para la juventud de América. Era 1974, y un jovencito descarado de nombre Ralfi Pagan caminaba hacia las oficinas de Fania Records y exigía ser escuchado. El presidente de Fania, Jerry Masucci, le dio a Ralfi esa oportunidad, quien audicionó para Jerry justo allí, en su oficina. Sólo tomó unos pocos momentos para que Masucci se diera cuenta de que estaba en compañía de su más nuevo artista; puso a Ralfi en contacto con el director de grabación, Johnny Pacheco, quien lo apuró para que ingresara al estudio de grabación para realizar la primera sesión de grabación de Ralfi con Fania.
Lamentablemente, Ralfi ya no está con nosotros, pero para nuestra buena suerte, nos ha dejado una tesoro de música fina para nuestro deleite y consumo; una mezcla de baladas de soul latino clásico para el romanticismo y una variedad de improvisaciones up-tempo para bailar.
Escrito por Bobby Marín
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
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