Salsa De Berkeley Download
Sep 26, 1974Record Plant (Sausalito, CA)
Salsa De Berkeley Download
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Total Length:
55:32
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Salsa De Berkeley Download

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What Makes Our Downloads Great

Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Samba de Brazil07:48
  2. 2Coco A04:17
  3. 3Brute Force04:13
  4. 4Puerto Rico06:05
  5. 5Note Critico03:42
  6. 6Cana Y04:29
  7. 7Bird Of Beauty05:04
  8. 8Alegria04:19
  9. 9Chara Charinga03:38
  10. 10Instrumental11:57
Item Number:
  • 20052663-3737044-AD
Date:
  • Sep 26, 1974
Venue:
Sample this concert
  1. 1Samba de Brazil07:48
  2. 2Coco A04:17
  3. 3Brute Force04:13
  4. 4Puerto Rico06:05
  5. 5Note Critico03:42
  6. 6Cana Y04:29
  7. 7Bird Of Beauty05:04
  8. 8Alegria04:19
  9. 9Chara Charinga03:38
  10. 10Instrumental11:57
Total Length:
55:32
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Jon Otis - percussion, vocals; David Margen - bass, vocals, percussion; Jeff Narell - steel drums, vocals, percussion; "One Drop" Scott Rasulala - steel drums, percussion, vocals; Marc Roberts - steel drums; Butch Haynes - congas; Juan Carlos - bongos; Dan Regan - trombone, trumpet; Marc Baum - alto and tenor saxophone; Guest: Mingo Lewis - congas, bongos, percussion

The Bay Area has always embraced musical diversity. A strong salsa dance scene developed in San Francisco and was in full swing by the mid-1960s. San Franciscans enjoyed many hot Latin-style salsa nights and a wide spectrum of high energy Latin dance music because clubs like Cesar's hosted many of the top Latin musicians of the day and a healthy community of dancers. The monumental commercial success of Santana in the early 1970s greatly fueled the already thriving scene and provided inspiration to a whole new generation of aspiring Latin musicians. Many new Latin bands emerged in San Francisco during this era, including Azteca, Malo and Salsa de Berkeley. These groups incorporated classic Latin rhythms (derived from the cha cha cha, cumbias, boleros, Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music) and added contemporary pop, rock and dance stylings into the mix.

This 1974 live recording from KSAN's "Live At The Record Plant" series is perhaps the finest existing document of Salsa de Berkeley performing. With a wide range of South American rhythms, this is fiery music from beginning to end. As an added bonus, legendary percussionist Mingo Lewis sits in for the entire set, adding even more intensity to the percussion-heavy ensemble. All of these compositions contain passionate and intense interplay, with the first half of the set being a virtual travelogue through South America. One of the many early highlights is an extraordinary take on Eddie Palmieri's "Puerto Rico" which is blazing with creative energy. The set takes a more contemporary approach beginning with "Bird Of Beauty," a Stevie Wonder cover, before eventually concluding with an infectious improvisation that allows everyone to stretch out and flex their musical muscles.

Whether playing hot and sexy salsa or more exotic forms, the music contained in this remarkable recording is thoroughly contagious. The skill of these musicians is undeniable and this performance by Salsa de Berkeley is overflowing with a passion for music and life.

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