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Joe Collado – Latino Groove Project

Jan. 27, 2013

Nuyorican (New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent) percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Joe Collado sets out on his sophomore release (the debut being Solo Joe) with all the heat Joe Colladoand passion found in good Latin music. This latest offering, Latino Groove Project, gets the rumba, salsa, merengue, and cha cha vibe going full steam ahead with all of the exoticism you’d expect from one who knows the vibe well.

As I have often said, percussions and the trumpet (the latter always gives this music such a rich and majestic feel) paint a collage of beauty and brilliant colors. This album is no different.

Collado’s passion for percussions comes through loud and clear on this project of happy tunes. The artist also holds his own on keys and piano. One particular track puts all of these talents on display – the spirited “JoJo’s Swing.”

Collado’s competent accompaniment includes Jose Raul “Lips” Morales Jr. on all horns and offering vocals, as well; Joseph Armando Collado on flute; Galo Rivera on electric guitar and cuatro); Edgardo Crespo on bongos and cowbells on one track.

Many of these original compositions by the percussionist have decent melodies (a case in point would be the convincing “Son Boricua”), always a special treat for me, but what keeps this party going are the spirited percussions and rhythms here. They truly get one’s dancing fever started. In a nutshell, this is undoubtedly a Latin dancer’s dream.

All in all, Latino Groove Project is a good, pronounced exclamation of the Latin culture. Felicidades to Collado for presenting such a rousing project. – Ronald Jackson