Well, I surely knew that when I decided to do a 2009 Best of post, I was bound to unintentionally leave out some worthy releases from the following year. One of those releases, which was right up there with the best albums of 2009, was Cesar's Salad's funky Latin jazz masterpiece Latin Beat. Cesar's Salad is a small combo that nicely blends together congas, Latin percussion, bass, and piano to create some of the funkiest Latin cuts of the past few years. Amazing tracks like "Batucada Surgiu", "Afrodisia", "Bolivia", and "Nana" take the listener on a journey back to the Latin dancefloors of Spanish Harlem during the 1960's. For fans of Sabu Martinez, Har-You Percussion Group, Mongo Santamaria, Latin Beat is an album definitely worth owning. The only downside I've found when it comes to this group, is that Latin Beat is a CD/Digital release only, leaving us vinyl lovers a little bit out in the dark. The only compromise has been the fact the group has release a seven-inch single of arguably the album's best track in "Batucada Surgiu". Hopefully in time we will see more vinyl releases from this upcoming group. Until then, I'll be putting the iPod on repeat and enjoying every second of the Latin Beat.
Cesar's Salad - Batucada Surgiu