Fania Newsletter – November 2007

November Newsletter 2007


Cool news and hot happenings for all the FANIA lovers out there!

We All Connected!

There’s nothing like the web to keep us in touch with one another. That’s why we invite you to join Fania’s mySpace page. Once you become our friend you will get to meet other cool Fania fans from around the world, and we’ll keep you in touch with all our latest news, events and future releases.

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To find even more Fania information, such as Fania artist biographies, album reviews, downloads, and ringtones there’s no better place than our official website:

Make sure to look for us the next time you are on the web, and remember to drop us a comment in mySpace!

The Holidays are Coming!

Once again it’s time for the holidays and to commemorate this special occasion we are releasing two of Fania’s most beloved albums in a superb 2-CD special edition.

That’s right, the beloved Asalto Navideño has been completely re-mastered and its now offered as a Deluxe Edition 2-CD collectors edition. Initially released in 1972 and 1973, these albums encapsulate the joy and warmth of an authentic Fiesta de Barrio. It was one of Hector Lavoe’s favorite recordings and it stands today as a testament to Willie Colon and Héctor Lavoe’s amazing genius to re-invent folk-Latin music.

History of Fania

Barry Rodgers: The Man with The Golden Horn

The Fania sound owns its distinctive vibe to various virtuosos who crafted new, exceptional melodies full of magic and passion. New York City’s trombonist Barry Rogers (1935-1991) was a key figure in the development of the music we know today as salsa.

A talented producer-arranger, Barry Rogers used his trombone as a leading instrument in Latin music. Much of the innovation came thru Rogers’ tenure with the great Eddie Palmieri, who was expanding the scope of Latin music with groundbreaking excursions into Jazz.

During the sixties Barry arranged and played his trombone on albums for Tito Puente, Johnny Pacheco, and Celia Cruz. What made Barry Rogers such a special trombonist was his ability to mix and match different music genres into his arrangements. This talent came from Rogers’ studio wizardly and willingness to try new sounds. Known as the “The Terror of The Trombones,” for his powerful, thunderous playing skills. Barry’s legacy can be appreciated on Bobby Valenti’s classic cut “El Jibaro y La Naturaleza.”

Featured Review

Ismael Rivera Lo Ultimo de La Avenida (1971)

Over the last year we’ve been actively re-issuing albums from our vast catalog—and in the process restoring the original sound quality of our classic recordings. Ismael “Maelo” Rivera’s Lo Ultimo de La Avenida was one of those “hard to find” releases that Fania fans enthusiastically sought for many years.

Baptized as the “sonero mayor” (the main singer) by none other than the Cuban legendary singer Benny More, Ismael Rivera sang traditional songs from Puerto Rico with modern themes such as prejudice and duplicity. What’s more, Ismael was an expert improviser capable of injecting his danceable ditties with up-to-date street slang.

Lo Ultimo de La Avenida catches Ismael Rivera in full control of his vocal skills, songs like “Mi Negrita Me Espera,” with its swinging “son-montuno” rhythms and breezy, powerful vocals capture the essence of live in the Big Apple—and the struggles faced by young Latinos living in the city. Farncisco Cabrera title track “Lo Ultimo de La Avenida” features Rivera in full street swing—using the popular phrases of the time to give the song a new vibrant feel.

Other young singers of the time took note and inspiration from Rivera’s vocal delivery; Hector Lavoe, often-credited Ismael Rivera as the master or maestro of the modern style. Lo Ultimo de La Avenida, with its 10 classic song remains to this day one the most influential records in the Fania catalog.

Featured Artist
Eddie Palmieri: Latin Jazz Legend

There’s much more to Fania than salsa—Latin soul, boogaloo, mambo and Latin Jazz are just some of the other cool rhythms we are known for around the globe. One of our undisputed giants is the talented Puerto Rican pianist Eddie Palmieri.

During the sixties Eddie was behind some of the greatest Latin Jazz-fusion albums ever conceived. His unique piano playing style gave him the freedom to experiment with the various styles of the time.

For those looking to immerse themselves into the bold world of Palmieri we highly recommend the classic Eddie Palmieri with the Harlem River Drive Live at Sing Sing—a live recording at the infamous correctional facility and a classic of the Latin Jazz genre.

That’s it for this month. See you next month for our year-end re-cap!


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