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Album Review

One of the last in a long string of records featuring Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez handling vocals on a Johnny Pacheco album, Los Compadres also finds him co-billed and leading the band on one of Pacheco's strongest sets of material ever, including Pacheco’s “Baldemira,” Tite Alonso’s “Recordando a Carmelina,” and the classic opener, “Dulce con Dulce.” Although Johnny Pacheco’s flute is not a focus, his arrangements make up for the lack. Like the cover photo, Los Compadres is an exciting fusion of old and new; Pacheco’s conjunto features the very folky tres guitar, but the driving force of the songs makes it as much a modern salsa record — and just as powerful — as far slicker albums coming out around the same time.

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The genius that is Johnny Pacheco, will never know any peers. Johnny Pacheco, the man behind the Fania sound that took the world by storm in the decade of the 70's primarily, is a musical genius and the backbone behind the beloved Fania All Stars. Whether we're talking about his great prowess on the flute, his amazing arrangements, or simply his refusal to accept nothing but greatness from those around him. Johnny Pacheco is and forever will be one of the greatest pioneers of Latin American music. My Salsa.


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

Genre: Salsa y 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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