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Gene Perry: Mi Tambor Lo Dice Todo.


GENE PERRY Mi Tambor Lo Dice Todo (Masakote Music)

The old-time, classic rumba titled Agua Que Va a Caer is the opening track on this bandleading debut by conga master Gene Perry. A native son of Santurce, Puerto Rico, Perry migrated with his family to the USA, first as a youngster to Philadelphia; and later, in 1968, to San Diego, California. For the past four decades, Perry has been drumming to the beat of Afro-Caribbean rhythms and leading his own bands, including Drums on Fire and Afro Rumba. In addition, he has performed with diverse artists and bands such as Marie and Anita Daulne (of Zap Mama), Thomas Mapfumo (from Zimbabwe), Habib Koite (from Mali), Vusi (from South Africa), and Peru Negro (troupe specialized in Afro-Peruvian music). This sought-after percussionist has also taught Afro Caribbean percussion to hundreds of students.

Mi Tambor Lo Dice Todo displays his rhythmic versatility, under the musical direction of arranger/multi-instrumentalist Allan Phillips. The project captures the powerful sound and style of the New York City salsa bands of the early 1970s, in a mixed repertoire of classics and original scores. Joining Perry this time around is an all-star west coast crew comprised of Justo Almario (sax), Arturo Velasco (trombone), Harry Kim (trumpet), and Rene Camacho (bass), in addition to Joaquin McWhinney (as the main lead vocalist) and Gene Perry himself (featured as lead singer on two tracks). Favorites include the tracks Agua Que Va a Caer, Mi Tambor Lo Dice Todo, and Bomba Santurce.

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Author:Mangual, Rudy
Publication:Latin Beat Magazine
Date:Dec 1, 2007
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