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Rhythm Machine

Fania All-Stars

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Album Review

As part of Bob James' Tappan Zee Records agenda, house producer Jay Chattaway was handed the Fania All-Stars, no doubt with instructions to make a hit record with them as he did with Maynard Ferguson that year. So he did — with a little help from James on electric piano, other New York studio experts like Eric Gale, Randy Brecker, John Tropea, Joe Farrell, and Jon Faddis, and, as an integral part of the All-Stars, Mongo Santamaria. The results are not at all bad, nor irredeemably diluted. Sometimes the crisp outboard brass section, voices and strings intrude on the action, and the disc was made in layers, as opposed to herding the band into the studio for a day and letting them wail. But in most instances, the Latin rhythm section of Santamaria, Nicky Marrero and Roberto Roena is permitted to dictate the direction and feel of the sessions — and that gives this CD the vitality that Santamaria's own album with Chattaway two years later (Red Hot) lacked. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Rhythm Machine

The direction which was taken by the Fania-Stars as a "Jazz" album in my opinion was a tremendous flop. Instaed of staying true to the Latin Jazz form, they sold out on this album and assembled a lot of commercial junk. On this album 2 tracks are worth the money, "En Orbita" and "Juan Pachanga". Lucky we are not obligated to by the entire album to get these only two worth while tracks.

This album is like all Fania stuff; Amazing!

Everything in it is awesome! I remember listening to some of the songs on LP when I was a kid and how it opened my mind to many of the things that I enjoy of life today.


omgosh...that's my song... after over twenty years, seeing them not at all like the real thing. but darling low scorer, you don't know what you are talking about. This is a RENDITION. When one is in a small audience, dancers...ahhhh, heaven is on earth. I was so lucky to have those days be so fantasticao. Jubileo will be played at my funera. Along with Beethoven's 14th


Formed: 1967 in New York, NY

Genre: Salsa y Tropical

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

The flagship act for Fania Records, the Fania All-Stars popularized New York salsa during the 1970s by organizing concerts at larger and larger venues (from the Red Garter in Greenwich Village all the way to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx) that spotlighted not only the label's but the salsa world's biggest stars — Ray Barretto, Willie Colón, Johnny Pacheco, Rubén Blades, Hector Lavoe, Ismael Miranda, Cheo Feliciano, Bobby Cruz, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez, and special guests like Tito Puente, Celia...
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