The influence of Latin America on dance music is enormous – the dominance of percussion and the use of brass instruments for rhythm became a major contributor to both funk and later disco.
Jazzanova, one of Europe’s foremost DJ collectives, are paying their respects to the genre with a new compilation that focuses on the offerings of the Cuban label Egrem/Agretio.
Between 1971 and 1989 the label pioneered music from the island, and this album features tracks by two of its foremost proponents, Grammy award winner Chucho Valdes and the pianist Emiliano Salvador.
Salvador virtually reinvented Cuban music in the late 1970s, putting together some of the best players on the island.
This compilation also features artists who were influenced by the soul and psychedelic rock sounds coming out of the US. They blended those genres with their own Cuban sound to create a toxic hybrid.
Nueva Vision – Latin jazz and soul from the Cuban label Egrem/Areito
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