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cuts on this CD are all new versions of internationally known popular
songs. They have been rearranged and produced at the highest level,
with the dancer and dancing as the rprime concern. In many instances,
the originals did not contain all of the elements that are required
to meet the standard of each dance. Listen, enjoy, dance, and move
to the fabulous sounds of Latin Jam 7!
REVIEW - POWER OF MUSIC, by Bryan Allen, Dance Times
LATIN JAM 7 is hitting the CD market just in time for Blackpool
Dance Festival. The latest addition to an acclaimed series will
be considered by many to be one of the best so far (and to be thought
possibly even better than some of the previous memebers it has to
be very good!).
Fortuna has put together fifteen tracks of really great Latin Music.
There are five Cha Cha tracks, all at 31 bpm, four Sambas at 50
bpm, five Rumbas at 26 bpm, and a Salsa track at 47.
tracks are versions of internationally known popular latin style
music, arranged and produced by Rick Hall and Andy Fortuna to the
hightest level for dancers. Each one of them was greatly appreciated
by students and competition dancers and, as is quite normal, there
was disagreement about which were the outstanding tracks among these.
All of them were, in some way, outstanding. Speaking personally,
I thought the Sambas came out on top with Casamanana being my choice
but found all the otheres in contention for my accolade.
is no shortage of time for each track to be enjoyed, the shortest
being three minutes and thirteen seconds with the longest four and
a half minutes. Disc Jockeys using this CD for competitions will
be able to use the first half of most tracks for heat one and the
second half for heat two, as ten of the tracks are no longer than
last line of the sleeve notes has this message, "Listen, enjoy,
dance, and move to the fabulous sounds of LATIN JAM 7". I know
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Two Cuts (Maria, Latin Jam 1, & Spice Up Your Life Latin Jam 2 X-Tra
Hot) will be used in the upcoming movie, "Mad About Mambo". The songs
will be used twice, while "Spice Up Your Life", from Latin Jam 2 x-Tra
Hot, is the music being used for the main dance scene and over the
credits at the end of the movie. The two cuts are also being packaged
along with Will Smith's "Get The Giggy With It" in a compilation sound
tract from the movie.
The songs were chosen by the producers from Polygram Filmed Entertainment
from 12 Cds that were given to the producers at random by World
Record Distributors in London England. Once again, the unmatched
production quality and crossover appeal of the Latin Jam Series
of Cds, produced by Andy Fortuna for DanceSport, has gained world
wide recognition. The Paso Doble, "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" was
presented on the syndicated "Donnie And Marie " TV show in December
1998. The exposure of this music, specifically produced for DanceSport,
can only increase the acceptance of DanceSport to the general public
of all ages.
on Fox Television Broadcast of "Strictly Dancing"
Fox 59 WXIN Productions
and Casiana Productions, Inc. have announced the successful filming
of "Strictly Dancing", a dance production scheduled for release later
this year. Frank Regan, former US, Canadian, and North American Champion
was the Director and Choreographer of the show. The program will feature
music from Latin Jam (The Paso Doble, "Where Did You Go," and
the Jive, "The House is Rockin") and dancing by John & Carol Clark,
Ingvar Geirsson & Leslie Spearin, James & Janna Kunitz, Clive Phillips
& Karen McDonald, Edward Simon & Michelle Officer, David & Sharon
Savoy, and many others.
2 (X-Tra Hot!) Reviews
of CD Review, by Charles Scott, Dance News, UK
The CD kicks off with three very good Sambas "Carlito Samba", "Spice
Up Your Life" and "Valentina". This last track, I understand from
Andy, is named after his daughter. All three Sambas should prove popular
with the Latin dancers. The three Cha Chas are first class and have
a very strong beat. They are "A Namorada", "Rico" and Mandolay". I
do like the Three Rumbas sung in romantic Spanish and I feel will
be enjoyed by the dancers and spectators. The titles are "La Puerta",
"Dreaming of You", and "Canciones De Amor". Many so called Paso Dobles
lack correct phrasing. I am pleased to say the phrasing is correct
on this CD. Its title … "Where Do You Go." Moving to the Jives with
"Rockin At Midnight" and "The House is Rockin". Two very useful jives.
As an added bonus, three tracks have been included as instrumentals.
"Rico" (Cha Cha), "Spice Up Your Life" (Samba), and "La Puerta" (Rumba).
by Dancing USA
Andy Fortuna's newest Latin Jam II, X-Tra Hot is truly strict tempo
Latin American competition style with three of each: sambas at 51
and 52 mpm; cha-cha-chas at 32 mpm and rumbas at 26 mpm; a paso
doble at 61 mpm and two jive numbers at 44 mpm; followed by three
instrumental tracks. The tunes are popular cuts remade, plus two
sambas are originals by R. Hall and Andy Fortuna, named Carlito
(after Hall's daugther) and Valentina (after Fortuna's daughter).
timbales and congas, the percussion is strong and enhanced by live
trumpet, sax and guitar plus four background vocalists. Latin Jam
II is popular not only in the U.S. ballroom competition circles,
but also Europe, Japan, and Australia. Several top competitors have
danced to the Latin Jam tunes.
CD was released last year and this second release sold out the initial
pressing of 3,275 CDs in only 10 days. Andy has produced 2,000 more
copies in the past 3 months.
1 (The Original) Reviews
Review by Charles Scott, Dance News, UK
This is a HUMDINGER, powerful CD. I like this CD with the Cha Cha
"Take Your Time." Played at 26 B.P.M. is the Rumba "Blessed". Excellent
track ... I would like to mention, they are all first class. For example,
the Samba "You'll Be Mine." This is followed by another excellent
Cha Cha Cha "C'mon Let's Ride." "Mucho Carozon" is a nice romantic
Rumba sung in Spanish and once again at the right tempo. The Samba
"Maria" is also sung in Spanish. I am sure the Latin Dancers will
enjoy this track. "You Got the Power" Cha Cha has a modern Disco beat
and should be popular with the younger dancers. I am sure most dancers
will enjoy the Rumba with its female vocal called "Nobody Know" played
at the correct tempo. The last Samba on this CD is "Caliente." In
English, this means Hot and this track is HOT. It's a good one. I
have often heard the tune "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" played as a
Rumba. On this CD, it is a Paso Doble, with correct phrasing, ideal
for competitions. There are two Jives on this CD: "Little Bitty Pretty
One" and "Ain't Got No Home." Both should please the Latin dancers....
I found this CD very very good with its modern arrangements and full
of rich sounds.
Ear – Review of Musical Material, by G. Gebhardt, Amateur Dancers
This CD entitled "Latin Jam 1" is one of the best CDs of dance music
that I have ever heard. All of the selections are of the highest
quality.... ten tracks have ALL the qualities that a Latin dancer
will like. Three of the tracks are repeated at the end, just as
instrumental, one each of cha-cha-cha, rumba, and samba. These instrumentals
give this CD good use for instruction because the beat is very clearly
heard, beneficial for those dancers or students who have difficulty
staying on time. For practice and parties, all selections are quite
danceable, ALL of them. I highly recommend this CD for your collection
as it is a veritable feat for the ears and feet.
from Hotstuff, by Dancing USA
Andy knows his music and dancing. His credits include U.S. Representative
to The World Amateur Latin, Feather Award Recipient in 1993 as "Favorite
Amateur Latin Couple" with Amateur Latin partner Stacy Martin, Professional
Rising Star Latin Finalist in North American Championships, plus
he and his wife, Sandra Fortuna, are co-organizers of The Philadelphia
Festival DanceSport Championships in Philadelphia (April 1998).
The 15 songs - cha-cha, rumba, samba, paso doble, and jive – are
all in correct MPM (measures per minute) for International Style
Latin American competition and also good for American style rhythm.
There is a rumba and a samba sung in Spanish. You Got the Power
is a cha-cha with a modern disco beat. The synthesized percussion
loops are enhanced with live brass work by trumpet, saxophone and
trombone. Six vocals add the spice to 12 songs, with three instrumentals
at the end. The percussion is strong and no one can miss the beat.
April, Fortuna says, "The tunes are popular cuts, remade into Latin
style. Five cuts are being used in competition by professionals,
such as Clive Phillips, Gary & Diana McDonald and Pierre Allaire
& Mireille Veilleux. "LatinJam is popular not only in the U.S.,
but in Europe, Japan, and Australia also."
the musicians, who knew music well but not dance tempos, by bringing
them videotapes of dancers so they could clearly understand how
important the tempo is. All four cha-chas are 32 MPM, just right
for competition. He points out that "it's listenable music even
if you're not a dancer." Dick Mason with Telemark Dance Records
says it's the best all Latin CD to come along in the past 25 years.
Here's a quote from England by Charles Scott in Dance News who says
"This is a humdinger, powerful CD … very, very good with its modern
arrangements." "The hottest selling new Latin CD in Australia" comes
from Superior Dancing Music in Queensland.