Angel Canales – El Diferente (1981) (Senelac Records LP8881)

Angel Canales – El Diferente
1982 Senelac Records LP 8881
Salsa / Latin-Jazz / Fusion

Well Brazil has jumped the shark, so I’m going to devote some musical energy to other places for a while.  The U.S. still has a chance of climbing back out of the rabbit hole it’s gone down.  And that is in no small part due to the ever-evolving demographic changes that terrify the White Nationalists so much.  So, here’s an album from the great Ángel Canales, born in Santurce, PR, but raised in New York.  His recording career began on Alegre Records with a record featuring a sexy but somewhat bizarre album cover and a hit in “Lejos De Ti”.  By the 1980s, he was putting out records on his own label, SENALAC.  This one features a blistering-hot band, with amazing baritone sax blowing by Pete Miranda, and charismatic Canales leading the proceedings. While “El Diferente” is still firmly rooted in salsa, bomba, and plena traditions, there is also a fusion edge to the band’s versatility and ability to surprise with their arrangements (done by no less than six different people). 

A1 Bomba Caram Bomba 6:12
A2 Cuando Se Quiere, Se Quiere 6:17
A3 En Ti 6:07
B1 Esta Es La Manera De Espresar Mi Sentimiento 4:40
B2 Saraguay Santoja 6:08
B3 La Vida Es Una Caja De Sorpresas 6:17
B4 Dolphin 4:24

Recorded At – Latin Sound Studios

Record Company – Selanac Records

Bass, Cello, Recorder – John Henry Robinson III
Bongos – Louie Rivera
Congas, Coro – Antonio Tapia
Coro, Guiro, Maracas – Angel Canales
Piano – Bill O’Connor, David Janeway
Saxophone – Pete Miranda
Timbales, Percussion [Traps] – Victor Peres
First Trombone – Ricardo Montañez
Second Trombone – John Torres
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Chris Anderson

Producer – A. Canales
Design and photography – Ben Schneeberg
Engineer – David Rodriguez, Jon Fausty
Assistant Engineer  – Kevin J. Zambrana
Executive-Producer – Raffaele


LINEAGE: SELANAC LP-8881 vinyl; Pro-Ject RM-5SE with Audio Tecnica AT440-MLa cartridge; Speedbox power supply; Creek Audio OBH-15; Audioquest King Cobra cables; M-Audio Audiophile 192 Soundcard ; Adobe Audition at 32-bit float 192khz; clicks and pops removed with Click Repair on very light settings, manually auditioning the output; further clicks removed 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. Gregory Peccary N.G.W.S.

    Damn! This is one of the tightest salsa bands I’ve ever heard, but never heard of. Don’t know how I missed them. Killer stuff! And the quality of the rip is excellent. Thank you!

  2. Thanks a lot. I didn’t know this was what I needed. It got me up from my sickbed.

  3. Thanks. Here’s another of “Caja de Sorpresas” by the legendary El Gran Combo. The phrasing is less idiosyncratic than Canales version, but I like it a lot.

    • Thanks for this! My forever-backlogged cue of things to share has several El Gran Combo titles nearly ready to see the light. They are an institution!

  4. consegue atualizar o link?

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