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by Louie Romero Y Su Grupo Mazacote

Salsa & Latin Jazz
Genre: Latin: Salsa
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Timbalero
5:17 $0.99
2. Si Tu No, La Otra
7:01 $0.99
3. Lou's Afro Cuban Blues
7:01 $0.99
4. Radio Tinguaro
7:30 $0.99
5. One For Louie
5:59 $0.99
6. Yembere
6:41 $0.99
7. Sky Blue
6:21 $0.99
8. Como Se Llama
5:56 $0.99
9. Pintura Y Capota
6:47 $0.99
10. Mazacote Jam
7:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
* 'Timbalero' just got nominated for Best Salsa Album 2009 at the JPF Awards, the largest Music Award program in the world!
* 'One for Louie' (Steffen Kuehn) was bought by USA Cable TV series 'Burn Notice' and aired in February 2009.
*The album 'Timbalero' made the Top 40 Top-Selling Latin/Salsa CDs on CDBaby!
(October 2008, http://cdbaby.com/top/237)
* 'Timbalero' charts at No.11 in Colombia (2008)
* 'Mazacote Jam' was bought by USA Cable TV series 'Burn Notice'and aired in July 2008 in episode 'Trust Me'.
*'This CD is one of the best productions in its genre in 2006' (Roberto Rabbi, www.salsa.it)
*'CD of the month in December 2006' (www.siciliasalsa.com)
*'Nice, deep dance grooves....
......highly recommended!
(Editor's Pick, www.descarga.com, Feb. 2007)
*'One for Louie' charts No.2 in 'Latinbeat Magazine' (February 2007 issue)
*'With this recording Mr. Romero proves two things: you are never too old to sound new, and East Coast musicians have nothing on the West Coast. This CD rocks! (www.salsapower.com, March 2007)
* 'Lou's Afro Cuban Blues' charts at No.1 in Hong Kong, China, compiled by DJ Michelle, Hong Kong (March 2007):
'"Killer" Dancefloor Salsa/LatinJazz'(www.myspace.com/dj_michelle_hk)
* 'Timbalero' charts at No.7 on "Latino's FM 102.5 Tenerife" (May 2007, www.salsatenerife.com)

Louie Romero is a hard driving timbalero who has fueled the bands of Willie Colon and others in his hometown of New York City. Now a fixture in the San Francisco Bay Area, he has led Grupo Mazacote, the popular Salsa and Latin Jazz Ensemble since 1995 and developed it into one of the top bands in Northern California playing hardcore East Coast Salsa.

After years of his fans bugging him to record an album, Louie is finally busting out with "Timbalero," an excellent debut that highlights his superb talents as a percussionist and bandleader. The aura is "fiesta en el barrio" with 1960s-70s old-school Salsa and Latin Jazz performed by a happening cast of musicians who bring it all up to date with modern ideas and skill.

The lead vocals of Manny Martinez notably drive songs like "Timbalero", a tune Louie recorded with Willie Colon in 1972 on the Fania Records release, "El Juicio", when Hector Lavoe was in the band. The percussion section shines with maestro Hector Lugo riffing nicely on bongo. But the tune was written for Romero and Louie knocks it out of the ballpark with his fine solo on the album opener.

Louie has reached a level of musicianship where he is now a state of the art player. This album certainly highlights his innovative stick technique and amazing improvisations. His artistry in clave is highlighted on two original compositions, "Lou’s Afro-Cuban Blues" written by Jules Rowell, and "One For Louie" by Steffen Kuehn. Important to these pieces, and the album as a whole, is the solid clockwork of bassist Jorge Pomar and congero Silvestre Martinez.

The dancers will be in Salsa bliss with mad swinging tunes like Luis Kalaff’s "Si Tu No, La Otra", Franco Marrero and Jose Carrion’s "Radio Tinguaro" & Johnny Pacheco’s "Yembere", and the closer "Mazacote Jam."
Latin Jazz lovers will appreciate the Paul Lyons pieces "Sky Blue" and "Como Se Llama." "Sky Blue" stands out with exceptional solos by trumpeter Steffen Kuehn, trombonist Derek James, baritone saxophonist Peter Cornell and pianist Peter Meredith.

Louie has always strived for his own sound. He carved out an identity in NYC in the 1970s with Willie Colon, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, David Amram, Ron Carter and others.
His move to the SF Bay Area in 1984 had him playing with Jazz masters like Buddy Montgomery, Jeff Chambers and Eddie Marshall as well as the popular Mission District band Los Compas.

Now is his time and "Timbalero" stands as a testament to his dedication and love for the music he plays and shows he has a lot to express.
He’s made it this far with talented musicians whose ability to work as an ensemble has helped create the distinct sound you hear on this album.

The rest of the world will get to experience what the Bay Area has enjoyed for over a decade: Listening and dancing to Louie Romero y su Grupo Mazacote.
Honorable mention goes to special guest Carlos Aldama Perez for his beautiful bata drumming.


Jesse "Chuy" Varela
KCSM FM 91 - Music Director
Freelance writer and contributor to the SF Chronicle, Latin Beat Magazine, Eastbay Express, San Jose Metro and Jazz Times.



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joey borrero jr.

louie,ron flores has my number,contact me. your cd sounds good
it's about time jack . que pasa brother,your new cd sounds great.oye bro.if you need a congero or a sub.,contact me at (510)471-2331 or on my cell (650)579 5351 ok bro.keep contact with me.tell maria medina ola que pasa chica.........give her my phone number,thanks louie. pls. note,i have no computor so,call me.vaya mi amano.keep it up.

Rick (DJ Rick)Gieltjes

Not much to say...
I was looking for this album a long time and finally found it on CDbaby. This style is what I like. I play Mazacote Jam often (as a DJ in Amsterdam)and people been asking me for the title.

Carmen M. Vasquez

The CD was great especially the piano.the mambo,and the Cha Cha
Enjoyed the CD tremendously,especially the piano and the timbales(smile)


The CD is superb. Each song has a unique latin flavor for music and dance lovers alike stemming from latin jazz, cha cha to salsa.

The quality of the vocals and the crisp sound is fantastic. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to hear the authentic sounds of latin music.