By Robert Leaver
The flamboyant silver haired bandleader of the Fania All Stars is singularly synonymous with salsa. As co-founder of the label Fania Pacheco was a driving force behind the evolution of salsa in New York City. Primarily known as a flautist, though he played percussion, violin, and reeds too, his work as a producer, composer, arranger, and bandleader helped define the distinct sound of Latin New York. His prolific output through the 60s, 70s, and 80s give him hundreds of credits under varying roles and testify to his boundless energy and strong work ethic.
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