Nuyorican Soul - Nuyorican Soul
Nuyorican Soul (Two CD Set)
By Nuyorican Soul
Very Good Condition in orginal cardboard case
Digitally remastered two CD edition of this 1997 album features a bonus disc that includes eight tracks of rare remixes and non-album tracks This album marks Masters at Work duo Louie Vega and Kenny Dope Gonzales at their finest; combining Latin, Jazz and Salsa flavors with their distinctly New York sounding, slickly-produced, funky house beats. On this album, every track is a high-point. The Jocelyn Brown-sung 'I Am the Black Gold of the Sun' is a timeless hit but elsewhere contributions from Roy Ayers, George Benson, India and Jazzy Jeff make this mammoth long-player one of house music's most accomplished and enduring classics. Talkin' Loud. 2006.
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.