Tough! by Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers
Released: Nov 1966
Label: Fantasy Records
Even among the wild fusions happening among the big guns of Spanish Harlem, Henry "Pucho" Brown had a big set of ears, constantly mixing pop hits, jazz standards and sledgehammer Latin grooves. It made him a lesser light of the Spanish Harlem jazz community -- the dude was simply too poppy -- but when you dig into this eclectic mix it is a powerful testament to the man's vision, and incredibly enduring. For greasy, oversexed soul, cue up "Aye Ma Ma" or "Soul Yamie," then buckle up for a way-out ride through slightly cheddary pop tunes like "Alfie" and a blazing arrangement of "Caravan."
Nate Cavalieri
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