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Grupo Fascinacion

This exciting young NY salsa band from the 80s was seen as a good musicianship, enthusiastic attack plus some great arrangements. Their 10-piece line-up made up of vocals (business lead and chorus), tempo section and a frontline of three trumpets and baritone saxophone (with some doubling on flügelhorn and flute). They documented just three albums between 1983 and 1986 – all on Ralph Cartagena’s Rico Information. The music group’s lead vocalist for four years was NY given birth to Johnny Rivera. His parents originated from Ciales, Puerto Rico and he’s the nephew from the prominent salsa vocalist Adalberto Santiago, who motivated him to go after a musical profession. Rivera worked well previously with Los Rodríguez. After Fascinación’s last launch Salsa Vice, which he distributed business lead vocals with Alfredo ‘Tito’ González, he remaining the music group to become listed on Conjunto Clásico. Pursuing two albums with Clásico, Johnny authorized with Ralph Mercado’s RMM label and produced his single debut using the effective Y Ahora De Verdad in 1990. In 1991, he made an appearance at the next area of the NY Salsa Event. Playing bongo and cowbell with Fascinación on the debut, Fascinating Seems, was Richie Bastar, the child of Puerto Rican percussionist/music group innovator Kako. He was changed by Sammy ‘Timbalón’ Pagán around the 1985 follow-up Tiburón. Experienced accompanist Eddie Montalvo required over on conga on 1986’s Salsa Vice. Furthermore to playing baritone saxophone, creator member Vincent Vélez Jnr. wrote plans for Fascinación. Pianist Roberto Navarro, worked well previously as the musical movie director of the music group Guarare on Onda Típica in 1981. Navarro teamed up with José ‘Kokie’ Colón, a composer and guitarist who possessed another essential ingredient: cash. They structured the music group Típica ’88, including Tito González, Eddie Montalvo, Sammy Pagán and three additional users of Fascinación’s staff, for En La Feria De La “Salsa” in 1988. Colón published all the tunes and Navarro dealt with arranging, creation, musical path and keyboard tasks. The results was a fantastic recording. Trombonist Joe de Jesús, who examined at the town College of NY with Navarro, was employed for the documenting program, which he afterwards referred to as ‘swinging’. De Jesus’ background contains stints and/or periods with Rafael Cortijo and Kako, Ray Barretto, Guarare, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Adalberto Santiago, Hansel And Raúl, Los Vecinos, Camilo Azuquita and David Byrne. Aside from Navarro, the just former Fascinación associates staying with Típica ’88 on the 1989 lacklustre follow-up It Feels SO EXCELLENT! had been Montalvo and trumpeter Lionel Román.

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