Alfredo Linares

El Pito

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The first LP released by Lima pianist Alfredo Linares under his own name is brimming with tropical hits from the mid-sixties (including a Frank Sinatra classic.)

"El Pito" comprises guarachas, guaguancós, jazzy descargas and, obviously, contagious boogaloos, including an outstanding version of the J. Sabater anthem. The album was finally released in the summer of 1967, and 'El Pito' and 'Strangers in the Night' made it into most of the charts. MAG released other similar LPs that same year by artists such as Coco Lagos, Tito Chicoma and Carlos Muñoz. Critics were quick to praise the new sounds on "El Pito", which brought listeners up to date with the tropical sound developments in the United States, to which Linares added touches of jazz.

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