As good as it is to hear albums I’ve heard of, know of, know about and by bands or artists I know and perhaps have collected up – but just not the one album mentioned as ‘The Classic’…it’s better, more interesting, more exciting, when I hear the albums I didn’t even know about. Like this.
Siembra is one of a handful of the collaboration-albums by modern salsa kings Colón and Blades. Both are still alive, both have made music on their own and collaborated with many others – but across the 1970s and 1980s they created a winning combo, working together to make music that bursts with life.
There’s jazz and soul and rhythm’n’blues and pop-music magic all wrapped up in the riddles they’ve written here.
And it’s these such happy surprises that keep me returning to this book and to this list and noting down here the wonderful findings. So much heart resonates in these recordings. How special it suddenly seems to have a new favourite album – that’s been around for some 40 years, that’s blown minds all over the joint already – and now you’re wrapped up in it as if a brand new release. That’s always my favourite sort of musical discovery.