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Latin Rock Timbalero Rudy Regalado Dies at 67

Timbalero, band leader and composer (Hector) Rudy Regalado passed away on November 4th, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada at the age of 67. Born in Venezuela, Regalado was one of the top Latin Rock timbaleros based in East Los Angeles, California area during the 1970s. Regalado played with the Latin Rock band El Chicano which surfaced during the Santana and Malo Latin Rock era.

El Chicano recorded 7 albums for MCA and had a series of hits, including the song“Tell Her She’s Lovely”, included in their 1973 self-titled LP, El Chicano, that also went Gold for the group. El Chicano also composed the theme song for the 1970s television series “Baretta.”

El Chicano included Bobby Espinosa on Hammond B3 organ, Freddie Sanchez on bass, Mickey Lespron on guitar, and the fiery rhythm foundation of Andre Baeza on congas, Rudy Regalado on timbales, and John De Luna on drums. Freddie Sanchez and Bobby Espinosa rejoined forces in the 1990s to work on new music, including two other original members, Rudy Regalado and Jerry Salas. El Chicano continues to be active with a combination of original and new members.
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America’s Music Legacy Series to Be Released on DVD December 7 of 2010

Quantum Leap and MVD Visual will release the “America’s Music Legacy” series On DVD on December 7, 2010.

The America’s Music Legacy series was recorded 1983-85 and produced by 20TH Century Home Entertainment. It showcases the musical legends performing the songs that continue to attract and entice the whole world, because they truly are the best of all that is the United States of America. The second set of four titles is set to be released on December 7: Blues, Dixieland Jazz, Folk, and Soul.

America’s Music Legacy: Blues – Blues can be subdivided into several subgenres ranging from country to urban blues that were more or less popular during different periods of the 20th century.
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Brazilian Revelation Luísa Maita to tour North America in November

Luisa Maita - Photo by Teresa Maita
Brazilian singer Luísa Maita will tour the United States of America, Canada and Mexico this November. The tour, which starts on November 3rd in New York City, brings the acclaimed singer to major venues across the continent, and marks the first time the São Paulo native has toured outside of Brazil.

Luísa Maita has exploded onto the international music scene since the release of her debut album Lero-Lero, released on Cumbancha Discovery this summer. Within a week of the release, Lero-Lero skyrocketed to #1 on the iTunes Latin chart and #1 on Amazon’s Latin Bestseller chart.
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Basin Street Records Signs the Iconic Rebirth Brass Band

Rebirth Brass Band
On this 5th anniversary week, as we remember the devastation and flooding that occurred after Hurricane Katrina due to poorly built levees, Basin Street Records demonstrates its commitment to New Orleans’ rebirth by announcing the signing of the world famous Rebirth Brass Band. Simply put, the Rebirth Brass Band is an institution.

Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers and Kermit Ruffins, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. Their signature brand of heavy funk has become the soundtrack to an entire city, a fact reinforced by their role in the opening scene of the HBO series “Treme.”
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