This is the bonafide classic second album that Willie Colón recorded with Héctor Lavoe as his lead vocalist, one of the greatest salsa duos in history. It was a transitional period for Latin music in New York, and people questioned the recent fusions of Latin rhythms with Soul and R&B. ‘The Hustler’ featured a young and energetic band that included future Fania All Stars timbalero Nicky Marrero and African-American pianist Markolino Dimond, who wrote the tasty “Guajirón”. With their raw and edgy tones, Colón’s trombone lines shine on the record’s title track – a Latin jazz instrumental.

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