Was Tito Puente the first Latin funk pioneer? The bandleader behind many driving albums blending Latin traditions with swinging jazz would have been hard-pressed to say yes — funk wasn't yet invented. But by the 1970s, there were no doubt about the groundbreaking intentions of the Fania Allstars. Move forward to 2000, and Grupo Fantasma arrives to take the concept to a whole new level. Formed in Austin, the 11-piece orchestra of mostly Latin American musicians begins with salsa and cumbia — traditional Latin styles — as a jumping-off place for wild excursions that mind-meld funk, fusion, jazz, reggae, rock, blues, soul, and virtually any genre within arm's reach into an amazingly cohesive sound. So much so that... More >>>