California Jam

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Although by the end of the '70s the Fania All-Stars weren't the freewheeling collective they'd been ten years earlier, they were still packed with talent, including Johnny Pacheco, Bobby Valentín, Papo Lucca, Roberto Roena, and a bespectacled fellow named Ray Barretto showing mastery over the conga. California Jam may have been released in 1980, but it was actually recorded four years earlier -- in California, natch -- on what had been planned as a date for Columbia with attendant strings and mainstream arrangements. When producer Gene Page backed out at the last minute, Pacheco and company had the studio to themselves to record whatever they wanted, and the result was a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Although by the end of the '70s the Fania All-Stars weren't the freewheeling collective they'd been ten years earlier, they were still packed with talent, including Johnny Pacheco, Bobby Valentín, Papo Lucca, Roberto Roena, and a bespectacled fellow named Ray Barretto showing mastery over the conga. California Jam may have been released in 1980, but it was actually recorded four years earlier -- in California, natch -- on what had been planned as a date for Columbia with attendant strings and mainstream arrangements. When producer Gene Page backed out at the last minute, Pacheco and company had the studio to themselves to record whatever they wanted, and the result was a straight-ahead salsa date, closer to Pacheco's roots in charanga and heavier on his flute playing than most other dates of the late '70s. A torrid salsa jam ensues on the opener, "Vente Conmigo," but Pacheco and Barretto get major solo features on the ensuing two tracks "Guajira Para los Pollos" and "Taxi to Aguadilla," respectively.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2008
  • Label: Fania
  • UPC: 877313004229
  • Catalog Number: 130422

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fania All-Stars Primary Artist
Ray Barretto Conga, Group Member
Johnny Pacheco Flute, Choir, Chorus, Guiro, Group Member
Bobby Valentín Bass, Group Member
Papo Lucca Piano, Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Nicky Marrero Timbales, Group Member
Roberto Roena Percussion, Bongos, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Guiro, Agogo Bell, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ray Barretto Composer
Johnny Pacheco Composer
Fania All-Stars Arranger, Producer
Ron Levine Cover Design, Cover Art
Papo Lucca Composer
Jerry Masucci Producer
José Lebron Composer
Louise Hilton Graphic Design
Thomas Muriel Liner Notes
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