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Album Review

The Latin King follows the complete Ros formula for success, including updating a few standards covered previously. One of four numbers sung by Ros, "The Coffee Song" mercifully is free of Ted Heath's orchestra this time. "Alma Llanera" is an interesting choice but it hardly threatens Perez Prado's superb version. The mix of Mexican and Brazilian tunes seems less awkward given the fairly strong arrangements throughout. The Latin King is the last of Ros' Phase 4 albums packaged in the classic 1960s style, although even in later 1970s albums, Ros remains true to the form established at the beginning of Phase 4 stereo.


Born: 07 December 1910 in Port Of Spain, Trinidad

Genre: Latino

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Bandleader Edmundo Ros was the living embodiment of Latin music in World War II-era Britain. The toast of London's high society, he effectively introduced the rhumba and samba to the U.K. shores. Born December 7, 1910, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, to a Scottish father and an African-Venezuelan mother, Ros spent much of his childhood in military school, playing percussion in the military band. The experience was otherwise miserable, however, and at 17 he ran away to Caracas, where he served as tympanist...
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