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La Onda Nueva en Mexico


2007 release. Originally released in 1970, La Onda Nueva en Mexico has remained a cult object among those searching for "rare grooves" for its completely unique concept of combining traditional Mexican music arranged by Venezuelan Aldemaro Romero, sung by a Chilean pop singer Monna Bell and orchestrated by Mexican jazz musicians. A complete artistic achievement recovered by VampiSoul 37 years later. Few people have managed to combine aspects of classical, popular and experimental music from the second half of the 20th century in a brilliant and original way. In 1970, Bell asked Romero to record an album together in his "Onda Nueve" (New Wave) style: a mixture of modern jazz orchestrations, the hypnotism of the bossa nova guitar, Venezuelan folklore melodies and extremely original and complex vocal structures set to the fast-paced 3/4 rhythm typical of the Venezuelan joropo. Victor Ruiz played bass; Alvaro López, Salvador and Félix Agüeros (of Rabbits and Carrots) were on drums and percussion; Julio Vera was on congas, and vocals were performed by Los 4 Soles y Gasparín. Enrique Sida and Jaime "la vaca" Shagún were on the trombones, Tomás "la negra" Rodríguez, Armando "el Kennedy" Noriega and Rodolfo "Popo" Sánchez were on the saxophones; Ramón Flores and the legendary Chilo Morán were on the trumpets, and Pablo Jaimes, Jorge Ortega, Enrique Neri and Aldemaro himself were on electric and acoustic pianos, among other well known musicians. Gualberto Castro, a talented singer and arranger from the group los Hermanos Castro, also sang on "El Balajú," exchanging verses with Monna. All of the musicians felt free to bring in any ideas and to improvise during the 20 days of recording. The result was an explosion of tonalities that, in spite of being essentially popular traditions, revealed something exceedingly unique and modern.