Friday, October 29, 2010

Latin Percussion Ventures

Let's end the week with a funky Latin jazz gem titled "The Opener" by The Latin Percussion Jazz Ensemble. This percussion-heavy track was originally featured on the group's 1979 album Just Like Magic. The record was released by the label Latin Percussion Ventures, Inc., which like the title suggests, released numerous records during the seventies with a heavy focus on Afro-Cuban and Latin percussion. As far as I know, Just Like Magic was the only full-length studio album from the group, whom consisted of an all-star cast of Latin percussion legends like Tito Puente, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, and Steve Berrios. Overall, the record captures a solid session of heavy percussion breaks and funky Latin instrumentation. Simply put, Just Like Magic is truly a nice find for both deejays/producers and Latin music fans. Enjoy your weekend!

The Latin Percussion Jazz Ensemble - The Opener

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