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Monday, November 19, 2012

Latin Dance Carnival - Al Stephano

Latin Dance Carnival
Al Stephano And His Trio
Tops L 1718

From the back cover: In Madrid of Copenhagen, in London, Berlin or Paris, one name is synonymous with the best in Latin Music... and that name is Al Stephano.

He has appears in some twenty-five countries, has sold millions of records, has been featured on England's BBC and toured the camps of the United States Armed Forces in Europe and Africa.

Now, with pride, TOPS presents this album (one of a series of three, the other being "Rhumba Reflexiones" [TOPS L1721] and "Mambo Bongo Bash!" [TOPS L1722] which mark Al Stephano's American debut. From one of the world's most extensive libraries of Latin music, Stephano has put together a colorful combination of songs. Some will be easily recognized, others will fall new and delightfully on the ear. But all are marked by engaging dance rhythms and a multiplicity of instruments that turns the Stephano group into a very deceptive trio.

Stephano is himself a versatile and highly talented musician. His early professional work was with Leo Mathisen's famous Swedish jazz band and the large orchestra of Peter Ramussen. Several years ago he switched to Latin music and in a comparatively short time skyrocketed to an enviable position among dance groups across the Atlantic, but now, with the release of these albums, male and female Yankees will get a kick out of (and probably put a new kick of two into) the mambos, rhumbas, tangos, and cha-chas that keep them healthy, happy and out of breath.

La Empalizer
Havana's Calling Me
Luna De Maracaibo
Cui Cui
Cuban Serenade
Time Was
Tico Tico
MaƱana Lloraras

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