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Album Review

Ortiz was a '70s Young Turk, a trumpeter who worked equally well in tipico and jazz-oriented vein. Having improved many other people's albums, he cut this one in 1979, before vanishing into the Black Hole caused by the early '80s salsa recession. It was stylistically a hugely varied as well as talented album, and it's good to see it back. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music, Rovi

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Super Salsa Vol #2

One of the classic salsa albums of the late 70's. On this album the band puts out more energy than a nuclear reactor. Luis " Perico" Ortiz is clearly one of the best trumpeters in the World!

Credit to the Singer

Perico's trumpet skills may very well be the best the latin music industry has come across over the last 30 years, however, this trumpet is only driven and enhanced by the melodic sounds of the main vocalist Rafael De Jesus, Jr. A talent often overlooked, Rafael's voice can carry the strength of any great band as well as compete and win alongside any of that era's artist's even up until till this day. "De Patitas" is an eternal classic and "Pa'lante" is any lover of salsa on 2's favorite!


Born: December 26, 1949 in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Genre: Música tropical

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

Talented trumpet player Luis "Perico" Ortiz got involved in music while studying at Puerto Rican Conservatory, joining the local symphony orchestra at the age of 18. In 1970, the Latin jazz and salsa performer moved to New York, soon working along with Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, and Tito Rodríguez, among other artists. After releasing his first solo album in 1977, Luis "Perico" Ortiz formed his own orchestra, being awarded for Trumpetist of the Year at the 1978's New York Magazine awards and...
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