Tipica 73

Tipica 73 was a New York-based salsa group that was formed in 1972 by members of Ray Barretto’s band. It is known for its experimental style and was the first US-based salsa band to record in Cuba with the album Tipica73 En Cuba Intercambio Cultural. Tipica 73 was home to several famous salsa musicians, such as Jose “El Canario”, Alberto and Alfredo De La Fe. The group was formed in 1970 in New York’s latin jazz and salsa scene. It began with Johnny “Dandy”, Jr. and four members of Ray Barretto’s original band, Adalberto Santiago. After combining conjunto percussive (congas, bongos, and timbales) with a horn section, it became one of America’s most popular salsa bands. The band’s lineup was drastically different by the beginning of the next decade. Many of the original members had left the group after disagreements in the late 1970s over whether they would continue playing tipica music. Santiago, along with three other musicians, formed Los Kimbos. Rodriguez Jr. was the only member of the band that remained constant. He and the remaining members split in 1982. Text contributed by users is available under Creative Commons By–SA License. It may also be available under GNU FDL.

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