The Alegre All-Stars – The Alegre All-Stars (1961)

The Alegre All Stars – s/t
Vinyl transfer in 24-bit/192 kHz | FLAC |  300 dpi scans | Latin, Descarga, Salsa
1961 Alegre Records LPA-810 || Repress, 1960s/70s || Mono

This is the first of several albums made by The Alegre All Stars and the only one with Johnny Pacheco on flute, who  left the label to form Fania soon after.  It features Charlie Palmieri on piano and Barry Rogers on trombone.  It a big way, it set the template for one component of what would become known as “salsa”: in particular, the loose jamming that would become a trademark of the Fania All-Stars live performances (at least through the mid-1970s). The vocalists are no slouches either: Dioris Valladares, Yayo “El Indio” Paquero, and Rudy Calzado were all well-known in their day and deserve more renown.  The album features lots of studio banter and even the sound of drinks being poured: the informal atmosphere was deliberate, with aim to capturing the kind of vibe that Israel ‘Cahcao’ Lopez had on his famous Cuban “descarga” sessions.

A1 Ay Camina Y Ven 5:05
A2 Rareza Del Siglo 5:30
A3 Soy Feliz 4:35
A4 Estoy Buscando A Kako 4:00
B1 Almendra En Descarga 5:10
B2 Al Carnaval 6:15
B3 Para Ti 5:50

Bass – Bobby Rodriguez
Congas – Marcelino Valdes
Cover – Abel Navarro
Flute – Johnny Pacheco
Guiro – Julian Cabrera
Other [Booze Getter] – Juanchu Feliciano Merceron
Piano – Charlie Palmieri
Producer – Al Santiago
Tenor Saxophone – Chombo Silva
Timbales – Kako (2)
Trombone – Barry Rogers
Vocals – Dioris Valladares, Rudy Calzado, Yayo “El Indio” Pequero



LINEAGE: blue label Alegre LPA-810 (BP-1974/5) mono vinyl; Pro-Ject RM-5SE with Audio Tecnica Signet TK7E cartridge; Speedbox power supply; Creek Audio OBH-15; Audioquest Black Mamba and Pangea Premier interconnect cables; M-Audio Audiophile 192 Soundcard ; Adobe Audition at 32-bit float 192khz; Click Repair with output monitored manually, Stereo>Mono fold-down; further clicks and pops removed manually with Adobe Audition 3.0; dithered and resampled using iZotope RX Advanced. Converted to FLAC in either Trader’s Little Helper or dBPoweramp. Tags done with Foobar 2000 and Tag and Rename.





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  1. Many thanks

  2. Hola, gracias por tu empeño; no entiendo este nuevo sistema de descarga que has introducido en este post.

  3. Also, like the Cuban Jam Sessions (Julio Gutierrez/Nino Rivera/Cachao/Jose Fajardo), recorded in jam session format. This album, just like the other Alegre All-Star LPs, is like a hot knife through cold butter. Recorded 60 years ago(!) with New York’s finest musicians and a sound and style that is as crisp and exciting as it was back in the day (IMHO). Timeless.

  4. Thanks for this, I have their CD with an “el Manicero” remake. One disagreement, though. The Cuban groups like Sonera Mantancera had already set the template for what was later labeled as “salsa.’

    • Absolutely, Alex! In particularly Johnny Pacheco took Sonora Matancera as his literal template for arranging at Fania. I didn’t mean this in as literal a way and I appreciate your comment, because now I’m going to edit the blog post to reflect what I actually meant 🙂 , I was referring more to the influence of the looser (but still tight) jamming that became a big part of the aesthetic especially in the early 70s, evident on any of the live recordings of the Fania All-Stars from that time (Cheetah Club, Yankee Stadium etc).

  5. Thank you very much Dr. V!

  6. Merci beaucoup!!

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