24 September 2006
WILFREDO STEPHENSON - AN ENSEMBLE OF SALSA PERCUSSION
Keeping the Percussion theme here's a great piece of wax from Europe-Sweden to be precise-recorded in 1981 for Amigo Records.Those of you who are on the case will know that Wilfredo Stephenson was the percussion wiz behind Hot Salsa but for this outing he recorded under his own name ,wrote all bar two of the compositions and used some of the Hot Salsa line up as well as Tobjorn Langborn,Carlos Leon,Per Cussion etc.
This is a pretty rare lp that has many great tunes but the standout tune is "Aire para respirar" that starts like a massive batucada but goes into a lovely uplifting, vocal fusion tune -big out on the floor back in the day.It's a terrific album and it proves shows the Swedish CAN play great latin music.Actually thinking about it I'm pretty sure I read some where that Wilfredo was a student of Sabu who saw the final years of his life out in Sweden whilst putting together some incredible music(Afro Temple for starters!!!)
This has never made it to a re-issue of any description - this share is ripped from the original vinyl at 256.
Many thanks to Killer Groove Music Library for the cover photo.