WRVR Jazz – Sunday Salsa Show – Celia Cruz

The Fania All Stars got a huge boost from airplay on Dawson’s Sunday Salsa Show. Here they accompany Celia Cruz during a 1974 classic live performance in Zaire.

I don’t know much about Latin Jazz, except that I like it. I guess I can differentiate between Afro-Cuban, Mambo or Salsa, and also recall descriptions of Cruz’s singing style as being masculine, probably focusing on her relatively deeper pitch and rapid-fire vocal attack. Think Tina Turner with a little less shimmy, although Celia moves around plenty in her own right. Visually she might remind you of Patti Labelle, when she fronted the group featuring her name.

Baila!

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