New release: Johnnie Segui and His Orchestra / Cha Cha Cha (1956)
We're proud to re-release one of our first LPs, the 1956 record "Cha Cha Cha" from Johnnie Segui and His Orchestra.
Segui is one of the unsung bandleaders of Latin music history in NYC. While many musicians who played in his group went on to become household names in Latin music, Eddie and Charlie Palmieri, Mongo Santamaría, and Willie Bobo, Segui never reached that level of success.
"Cha Cha Cha" is the only LP to his name and ironically this rhythm wasn't even his specialty. At the insistence of Ansonia chief Ralph Pérez, who was eager to capitalize on the rising popularity of the cha cha, Segui restructured his conjunto and adapted to it.
Check out these vibrant cha cha chas and read Pablo Yglesias's comprehensive text on Bandcamp.