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Heavy Smokin'

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All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
Larry Harlow's debut release in the Fania family, 1965's Heavy Smokin' helped to establish him in the New York salsa explosion as an authoritative yet non-Latino voice, very uncommon in the day. Considering the youth of the movement, there was not a long enough time line to produce informed, qualified converts; most of the music was being made by native sons. Harlow, working as a bandleader and recording for the premier salsa label in the world, and affectionately dubbed "el judío marvilloso" the marvelous Jew, had clearly won the respect not only of fans, but also of the most important movers and shakers of the day. As a disciple of the great Arsenio Rodiguez, so ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
Larry Harlow's debut release in the Fania family, 1965's Heavy Smokin' helped to establish him in the New York salsa explosion as an authoritative yet non-Latino voice, very uncommon in the day. Considering the youth of the movement, there was not a long enough time line to produce informed, qualified converts; most of the music was being made by native sons. Harlow, working as a bandleader and recording for the premier salsa label in the world, and affectionately dubbed "el judío marvilloso" the marvelous Jew, had clearly won the respect not only of fans, but also of the most important movers and shakers of the day. As a disciple of the great Arsenio Rodiguez, so much so that his nickname was designed to mimic Rodriguez's title, "el ciegito marvilloso," Harlow's attention to songcraft and arrangement is authentic and magnificent. The conjunto sound that Rodriguez branded is appreciable, and skillfully updated. Harlow's horn lines and rhythm section figures are both in keeping with the stylistic direction of Fania and with the heritage-conscious influence of Rodriguez. Heavy Smokin' has the characteristic warm, fuzzy tone of mid-'60s Fania -- audible and pleasant, if not sharp. Unfortunately, Harlow's deft piano figures are not as clear or pronounced as one might like. It would be nice to hear the pianist who captured the imagination of a genre that was in both its artists and audience ubiquitously Latino. What is audible is truly marvilloso.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • Label: Fania
  • UPC: 877313000610
  • Catalog Number: 130061

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Juventud - Orchestra Harlow (3:10)
  2. 2 Tu Tu Ratan - Orchestra Harlow (3:57)
  3. 3 María La O - Orchestra Harlow (3:22)
  4. 4 Anoche Aprendí - Orchestra Harlow (2:55)
  5. 5 Chez Jose - Orchestra Harlow (3:56)
  6. 6 Rica Combinacion - Orchestra Harlow (3:21)
  7. 7 Mi Guaguanco - Orchestra Harlow (3:13)
  8. 8 Orchestra Harlow - Orchestra Harlow (3:14)
  9. 9 Chancletas - Orchestra Harlow (2:46)
  10. 10 Solo Tu - Orchestra Harlow (3:13)
  11. 11 Adios Mama - Orchestra Harlow (5:08)
  12. 12 El Lorito y el Carbon - Orchestra Harlow (3:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Larry Harlow Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Leader
Johnny Pacheco Musical Direction
Julian Priester Trombone
Luis Bonilla Conga
Henry Alvarez Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Coro
Chocolate Armenteros Trumpet
Felo Brito Vocals
Mark Weinstein Trombone
Chivirico Davila Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Coro
Monguito Maracas
Ralph Castrello Trumpet
Phil Newsum Bongos, Timbales
Lydio Fuentes Bass
Orchestra Harlow Piano
Marc Weinstein Trombone
Henry Alvarez Vocals
Lydio Fuentes Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Larry Harlow Arranger, Liner Notes
Johnny Pacheco Musical Director
Harlow Composer
Henry Alvarez Composer
Felo Brito Composer
Mark Weinstein Arranger
Irving Greenbaum Director, Direction
Izzy Sanabria Art Direction
Lee Kraft Cover Photo
Nestor Mili Composer
Louise Hilton Graphic Design
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