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Album Review

All-star albums are usually dodgy affairs, but the over-arching talents — and, more importantly, production experience — of Masters at Work's Kenny Dope and Little Louie Vega keep Nuyorican Soul from being overburdened with cooks. Roy Ayers, George Benson, and Jazzy Jeff contribute prominently to four tracks, and vocalists Jocelyn Brown and India (Vega's wife) are heard as well, but over half of the album is comprised of instrumental tracks — several which include Tito Puente on vibes and timbales, flutist Dave Valentin, trumpeter Charlie Sepulveda, organist/arranger Hilton Ruiz, and trombonist Steve Turre. In keeping with Masters at Work's heritage, most of the album is Latin in feel and jazzy in composition, but with ever-present synths and piano runs that belie their heavy dance heritage. Not that it's a crowded field, but Nuyorican Soul is one of the best all-star dance albums ever recorded.

Customer Reviews

Nice to see it here

I lent this CD to a friend and never got it back! It's been years, so it's nice to be able to download this again so it can reside on my iPod. Definitely a classic Latin/Jazz Dance album.

In My Top 10...

Simply put, this album is in my top ten of all time. It's an unbelievable eclectic mix of house, hip hop, jazz (American and Latin) and soulful vocals. The tracks flow together like butter - you'll appreciate more and more each time you play it. Geroge Benson, India, Tito Puente, and Jocelyn Brown. Try me. Masters at Work at their best. This album made me rethink my music choices....

You Can Do It Baby, Baby!!

happy to see this cd here, lost my hard copy in my car deck, love You Can Do It Baby, Benson probably came into the studio, sat down and started improvising


Formed: 1996 in New York, NY

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Better known as the dance production team Masters at Work, Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez and Lil' Louis Vega became NuYorican Soul for an EP in 1996 and an eponymous full-length one year later. Much like Guru's jazz-rap fusion project Jazzmatazz, NuYorican Soul united jazz legends with newer talents in a celebration of jazz, R&B, and dance, with most tracks including...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Dance, Latino, House
  • Released: Jan 01, 1997

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