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Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013

Salsa de la Bahia Vol. 1 (Patois Records)

Various Artists

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Wild flights of melodic imagination, held steady by irrepressible grooves—these are among the characteristics of salsa, the hot that has filled dance floors for decades. Salsa de la Bahia is a compilation of recordings by San Francisco bands, most of them recent and originally released on indie labels and little heard outside the Bay area. The two-disc set is an impressive document of a particular music scene and bears witness to the variety that can be found within the genre. The performances are tops.