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Pequeño Johnny: Pasos Gigantes

This is salsa at its best. After a 16-year tenure with Puerto Rican salsa institution La Sonora Ponceña, percussionist “Little” Johnny Rivero showcases his compositional talents on this hip-shaking outing that’s sure to please salsa dura (tough salsa) enthusiasts around the globe. With exquisite arrangements by Andrés Hernández and former-Batacumbele pianist Eric Figueroa, Little Johnny opens with this homage to his drum, his mentors and his former bandmates in the sizzling opener “Pequeño Johnny.” What follows is even more fire and excitement as the next five tracks unfold before the calming and funky “Mi Yambú,” which showcases the brilliant Giovanni Hidalgo on quinto and cajón as well as tres maestro Nelson González.

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