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Blue Note Reissues Latin Jazz Classics

Blue Note recently released five Latin jazz discs the label calls “legendary.” I prefer using the descriptor “stone-cold cookin'” when speaking of discs like Jack Costanzo’s Latin Fever and the Jazz Crusaders’ Chile Con Soul, but have also found that this kind of slang drives people away. And you need some people around when listening to these albums, which also include Willie Bobo’s Bobo’s Beat, Bobby Hutcherson’s Montara and Joe Torres’ Latino con Soul. A lot of this is dancing-shoes music.

The music on these albums has been remastered, naturally, and Blue Note reissued each to look the way it did when it first debuted as LP. They’re just smaller now. And in jewel cases. But they all retain the name of their original labels on their spines. (Montara was the only one originally issued on Blue Note, the others come from the Capitol, Pacific and Roulette label catalogs, which are all now part of the mighty EMI empire.) Except for Montara, which includes new insights by percussionist Bobby Matos and further info about the sessions from DJ Miles Perlich, the liner notes for these discs are original as well, which helps keeps their cost down-these CDs are budget priced.

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