Kalí Rodriguez-Peña – Mélange

Kalí Rodriguez-Peña is a Cuban-American trumpeter who is one of the leading lights of New York’s modern salsa scene.  Salsa isn’t a genre that normally gets caught by my radar, but recently I’ve had the chance to explore the works of artists like Johnny Colón, Hector Lavoe and Willie Colón, so finding non-commercial salsa has been a real treat.

The album is dark for Cuban music, and I love the energy it emits.  It’s far more smoky and the music references Rodriguez-Peña’s heroes like Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard.  Brilliant.


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