El Judio Maravilloso
October 19, 2006 9:12 AM Subscribe
(born Lawrence Kahn) was a Jewish kid from a racially mixed Brooklyn neigborhood who discovered the clave
rhythm. Encouraged by his musician parents, he pursued his new love and became one of the genre's most admired players
and one of the first artists signed to the legendary Fania
(lovingly annotated reissues are on the street from this label), working with legends of the form
. He also was one of the men behind 'Hommy,'
the first 'salsa opera,' about a deaf-dumb-and-blind conga player (gee, that sounds familiar). One of the more interesting and illustrious musical charcters of our time.