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Early Rhythms

Johnny Pacheco

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Pacheco has never run a mambo-type big band. Yet here he is, fluting away like Johnny-Begone in front of full brass and sax sections. This is Pacheco freelancing, in about 1962, with what was essentially Machito's band. It's an unusual disc, with fine flute, and great Rene Hernandez arrangements. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music, Rovi


Born: 25 March 1935 in Santiago de Los Caballeros, Domin

Genre: Salsa and Tropical

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

Relocated to New York during the late '40s, Johnny Pacheco learned to play sax, percussion and flute in high school. In September 1959, he left Charlie Palmieri's flute and strings orchestra to organize his own. With his first recording, Pacheco y su Charanga, released by Alegre Records in 1961, Pacheco changed the sound of music throughout Latin America and ushered in the "Pachanga" (a strenous dance) era which faded out in 1964. Pacheco and attorney Gerald...
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