Pasos Gigantes (Rumba Jams RJ1021, 2006)
Rumba Jams is releasing some of the best new salsa in the United States. Pequeño Johnny’s Pasos Gigantes, released in 2006, is no exception.
Johnny Rivera, better known as Pequeño Johnny (Little Johnny), is a percussion master and bandleader who plays a wide variety of Latin percussion, ranging from tumbadoras and batá drums to Peruvian cajón, shakers and scrapers.
The scorching music selection goes beyond traditional Nuyorican salsa. Pequeño Johnny adds the freshest Cuban timba influences, Colombian cumbia, and Latin jazz. The recording includes a large number of guests, including Giovanni Hidalgo, Alfredo de la Fe, and Nelson González. They add a combination of Cuban and Puerto Rican influences.
In addition to the explosive salsa CD, Pasos Gigantes includes a bonus DVD with a live performance in New York City.
Buy Pasos Gigantes.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.