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Salsa RisingNew York Latin Music of the Sixties Generation$
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Juan Flores

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199764891

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764891.001.0001

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La Perfecta Fit

La Perfecta Fit

(p.73) 2 La Perfecta Fit
Salsa Rising

Juan Flores

Oxford University Press

La Perfecta, the most influential band of the entire decade and beyond, came together in 1961 under the directorship of pianist and bandleader Eddie Palmieri. Building on and departing from the pachanga style, this band was characterized by the unique feature of a strong trombone front line and very strong percussive dimensions. While faithful to traditional Cuban musical structures, and therefore referred to as “típico,” La Perfecta veered off from those traditions in engagingly experimental ways. In that sense it differed sharply from the more orthodox, imitative “típico” style of the band of Johnny Pacheco, famous in the emergence in those years of Fania Records, the label that was to usher in what came to be called “salsa.” This period extends through the life span of La Perfecta, which disbanded in 1968.

Keywords:   típico, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco, La Perfecta, Fania Records

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