La Banda Internacional De Ray Camacho – Mucha Salsa

15 April 2018
Funk / Soul, Latin
Soul, Funk, Salsa


This very productive trumpeter and bandleader hails from El Paso, Texas. ‘Mucha Salsa’ from 1978 is essentially an obscure salsa set from Ray Camacho – an artist who always seems willing to mix up styles in his music. That's definitely the case here, as Ray mixes straighter Latin modes with a few border touches – creating a hybrid of New York and Mexican modes that's pretty unique – but which also has some occasional funk and soul currents that are probably the record's strongest suit. Ray plays trumpet off course and the rest of the group includes guitar, trombone, and plenty of percussion – plus sax and piano from Manuel Palafox, who also handles arrangements. Titles include a great cover of "Low Rider", dubbed "El Pachuco", the Latin funk number "Tomas Al Timbal" and a funky take on Brass Construction's "Movin On". Plus the o so sweet cover of Aaron Neville’s classic ballad ‘Tell It Like It Is’ here named ‘Dime La Verdad’. This carefully prepared record is the first proper reissue in 40 years of this amazingly diverse project. In all it’s original glory! - Based on a review of the ever amazing


A1 Ruego De Amor (Indian Love Call)
A2 La Casita
A3 Madrecita Linda
A4 Dulce Y Amarga
A5 Testigo Fui
A6 Confesion
B1 El Pachuco (Low Rider)
B2 Dime La Verdad (Tell It Like It Is)
B3 La Culebra
B4 Me Patina El Coco
B5 Tomas Al Timbal
B6 Contrabando Y Traicion
B7 Movin On

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