It was extrovert bandleader Fruko Estrada who carried salsa from the Nuyorican streets to his native Colombia, where his protégé Joe Arroyo soon became its leading voice. This compilation presents them working together and also hacking their own flamboyant and prolific routes through the tropical thickets of urban dance music. Panamanian singer Rubén Blades has suggested that salsa is “the folklore of the city – not of one city, but of all cities in Latin America”. Like all folklore, it has its formulas, and ingenious variations that keep it alive.
Fruko’s arrangements shuffle rhythmic possibilities without ever slackening the pace; Arroyo sings with vivid agility over cleverly varied instrumental combinations. Sizzling ingredients are drawn from a range of sources to create their own colourful, hot and spicy pan-Latin concoction.