Various Boogaloo Pow Wow: Dancefloor Rendez-Vous in Young Nuyorica

Various Boogaloo Pow Wow: Dancefloor Rendez-Vous in Young Nuyorica
By the beginning of the '60s in New York, Latin music was moving into an evolutionary period. The commanding presence of Mambo in NYC clubs was fading and by the end of the decade the one word on everyone's lips would be Salsa. During this time, a great deal of amazing Nuyorican singers and bands were experimenting with a mix of familiar Latin jazz, Mambo, Son, Guaguanco and Cha Cha Cha with the explosive sounds of American soul and R&B — the final effect would be the creation of Boogaloo, Pachanga and Shingaling. These three musical styles would be the focal point for a new generation of emerging Nuyorican artists and the soundtrack that would eventually burn up dance floors all over Spanish Harlem. Each track on this comp explodes with pounding percussion, swinging vocals and popping horn sections, making for one incredibly funky collection of dance floor-ripping tracks. With Boogaloos like Manny Corchado's "Pow Wow" and a grooving early example of the Cubop sound on Machito's "Tanga" or the swinging Latin soul sound of Kako's "Cool Jerk," Boogaloo Pow Wow is a refreshing compilation that captures the energy and vibrancy of this elemental moment and time in Latin music history. (Honest Jon's)