Friday, March 5, 2010

Felix “Pupi” Legarreta - six 1960's LPs

Felix “Pupi” Legarreta, Cuban violinist, flutist, singer, arranger, pianist, and guitarist who has participated in several landmark periods of Latin music. Legarreta was born in 1940 in Cienfuegos, Cuba and started playing the violin when he was seven years old.
When he was a teenager, he played with some of Cuba’s most famous musicians, performing live on both the radio and television.

Legarreta left Cuba in 1959 and moved to Chicago to play in the second Charanga group formed in the United States. He taught himself to play the Cuban five-key flute in the 1960's, and toured throughout the United States during the 1970's and 1980's.
Legarreta has been in Philadelphia, PA for the past 30 years, working with and teaching local musicians, working as an electrician, and playing and recording music on a regular basis.
He is in the unique position in his field to be a master of violin, flute, piano, vocals, and arrangements.
Felix “Pupi” Legarreta is a 2008 recipient of a "Pew Center grant for Folk & Traditional Arts".

Not a complete "discography",
Just early original and mid 1960's sessions.

"Salsa Nova"
First LP with his own band 1962
(reissued on LP in 1976)
Totico: vocal, Carlos 'Patato' Valdez: tumbadoras.
Osvaldo "Chihuahua" Martinez: güiro.

8. "Toda La Verdad"

"¡Que Lío...!"
1965 LP

1. "Que Lío"

"Ritmo Jala Jala"
1966 LP
Vitín López and Rudy Calzado: vocals

7. "Son De Mayari"
Vocal: Rudy Calzado

"Pupi En Venezuela"
196? LP

5. "Harina Con Boniato"

"Pupi y Su Charanga"
196? LP

1. "El Platanal De Bartolo"
Violin solo: "Pupi" Legarreta

"Soy Campesino"
1966 LP
(Alfredo De La Fé plays here when he was "12" years old)


Unknown said...

Wonderful video of Pupi creating! Thanks,Mark!

Edgar Salsa said...

que gran aporte gracias

Catástrofe22 said...

Who's the female vocal on La Cartera from the lp 'Soy Campesino'?