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Hitting Hard

Francisco Aguabella

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Album Review

This sizzling collection originally came out in 1977 on vinyl, but this CD reissue rejuvenates the tunes with an exclamation mark. Renowned conga player Francisco Aguabella is in a zone on 11 solid Latin-influenced funk and soul tracks. The talented vocalists (male and female leads) are as contagious as the energetic rhythms. "Ramon's Desire," "Don't Let Them Fool You" (featuring wah-wah guitar licks), "I Wanna Know," "Fantasy" (a bender), and the silky "Image of a Star" are gems.


Born: 10 October 1925 in Matanzas, Cuba

Genre: Jazz

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

Drummer/percussionist Francisco Aguabella emigrated to New York City from his native Matanzas, Cuba — where African music was a tradition — in 1957. He followed a long line of Cuban drummers who made their mark in America: Chano Pozo, Patato Valdez, Candido, and Mongo Santamaria. Aguabella's...
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