Maestro: A Man and His Music

Maestro: A Man and His Music

by Johnny Pacheco
     
 

For a man who cut as many records and worked with as many artists as Johnny Pacheco has, as bandleader, collaborator, producer, and label boss, a mere two CDs doesn't seem to be enough as a retrospective. Nonetheless, that's what we have in El Maestro. It collects 30 album tracks from near the beginning of his career, from his stay at Alegre from 1961 throughSee more details below

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For a man who cut as many records and worked with as many artists as Johnny Pacheco has, as bandleader, collaborator, producer, and label boss, a mere two CDs doesn't seem to be enough as a retrospective. Nonetheless, that's what we have in El Maestro. It collects 30 album tracks from near the beginning of his career, from his stay at Alegre from 1961 through 1964 through his classic movement toward defining salsa in New York at Fania -- the label powerhouse he formed with Jerry Masucci -- from the mid-'60s through the '70s, and subsequent tracks through 1985 on Vaya. The material is arranged chronologically: Nine tracks come from the Alegre years including the singles "El Güiro de Macorina," and "Soy Guapo de Verdad" from 1961's legendary album Pacheco y Su Charanga. The Fania material begins with the label's namesake cut, recorded for Pacheco's debut album on the label called Cañonazo in 1964, and featuring the mighty Pete Rodriguez on vocals. Also included is the seminal tribute to Africa, "Dakar: Punto Final" from the same album. "El Mundo" is here from Viva Africa, where Pacheco's obsession with the Afro-Cuban sounds of La Sonora Matancera is displayed so prominently for the first time with his conjunto orchestra. Disc one ends in 1965 with "Sugar Frost," from Latin Jam, where the forms of Cuban son and charanga are married seamlessly. Disc two features 1968's "Maria Cervantes," with Pacheco playing flute and Charlie Palmieri arranging and playing piano. Other high points include "La Esencia del Guaguanco," with Rodriguez on vocals, from La Perfecta Combinacion, and "Quimbara," from the set Celia y Johnny in 1974 on Vaya, marking the first collaboration between Pacheco and Celia Cruz. Disc one leans heavily on the '60s, as it should be, given the many hit singles Pacheco recorded -- but so many more are missing it's a bit frustrating. That said, disc two's concentration is not so pointed. It continues in the '60s and moves all the way through the '80s, leaving out many key songs from the '70s -- there are no performances with the Fania All-Stars, for example -- to fill in the picture of Pacheco's very direct involvement in the development of salsa. Nonetheless, this is still a fine introduction to one of the most important and innovative figures in Latin music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2010
Label:
Fania
UPC:
0846395070187
catalogNumber:
7018

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. La Melodia
  2. El Güiro de Macorina
  3. El Agua del Clavelito
  4. Caramelo
  5. Pare Cochero
  6. Soy Guapo De Verdad
  7. Alto Songo
  8. Acuyuye
  9. Recuerdos de Arcaño
  10. Fania
  11. Cañonazo
  12. Dakar, Punto Final
  13. El Mundo
  14. Dos Gardenias
  15. Sugar Frost

Disc 2

  1. Soy Hijo del Siboney
  2. Maria Cervantes
  3. La Esencia del Guaguancó  - Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez
  4. Dulce Con Dulce  - Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez
  5. Viralo Al Reves
  6. Ponle Punto
  7. Quimbara  - Celia Cruz
  8. Guaguancó Pa'l Que Sabe  - Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez
  9. Solo Estoy  - Luis "Melón" Silva
  10. Juliana  - Daniel Santos
  11. La Dicha Mia  - Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez
  12. Juaniquita  - José Fajardo
  13. El Paso de Encarnación  - Rolando Laserie
  14. La Palabra Fin  - Rolando Laserie
  15. Los Compadres Seguirán  - Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Pacheco   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Noro Morales   Composer
Johnny Pacheco   Composer
Cuco Valoy   Composer
Marcelino Guerra   Composer
Louie Ramirez   Composer
Roberto Puentes   Composer
C. Alonso Curet   Composer
Mike Rivas   Composer
Evaristo Aparicio   Composer
Isolina Carrillo   Composer
Junior Cepeda   Composer
Felipe Yanez   Composer
Ernesto Lechner   Writer
I. Lopez   Composer
Eddie Del Barrio   Composer
Chico Navarro   Composer
Juan Mariano Romero   Composer
Reinaldo Bolaños   Composer
Pedro Pablo Aranzola   Composer
Miguel Banguela   Composer
Miguel Angel Pozo   Composer
Luis Martin Grinan   Composer
Jose A. Fajardo Ramos   Composer

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