Cesta Records Inc


Joe Quijano's CESTA RECORDS Inc

Joe Quijano is the proprietor the recording company, Cesta Records which he formed in the 1960s. Joe was born on September 27, 1935, at Puerta de Tierra, Puerto Rico, his family relocating to New York City in 1941. Over the years he has contributed greatly to the development of Latin music in New York City.


  • Classic salsa
  • Classic descargas, son montunos, guaguanco
  • Classic dance music

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Item #: CES-34000 

JOE QUIJANO and his Orchestra Title: SALSA-NATRA IN CLAVE Item: CES-34000 Frank Sinatra in Clave! Songs made famous by Sinatra given a salsa workout. With special guest Latin Grammy winner Dave Valentin on flute.


Joe Quijano - Band leader, Cantante
Ray Santos - Arranger and conductor
Dave Valentin - Flute
Paquito Pastor - Arranger and piano
Edy Martinez - Piano
Andy Gonzalez - Bass
Mike Collazo - Timbales
Manny Oquendo - Bongos
Willie Villegas - Congas and percussion
Chico Alvarez - Coro and vocals
Augusto Onna - Coro
Sergio Quijano - Coro
Bobby Nelson - Alto sax
Mario Rivera - Tenor sax
Al Acosta - Alto and tenor sax
Pete Miranda - Baritone and bass clarinet
Piro Rodriguez - Trumpet and solos
Raul Agraz - Trumpet
Pablo Santaella - Trombone
Reinaldo Jorge - Trombone

"In the early 60s, Mr. Frank Sinatra and Mr. Tito Puente were going to record a Latin LP together (I remember driving my dear friend Mr. Charlie Palmieri to the Waldorf Astoria for a meeting with the artist and repertoire people). That was the only meeting ever held of a project which never happened. Through the years, I often wondered what that recording would have sounded like, being a fan of those two giants. After having picked out a few tunes to submit to that recording, in October 2002 1 decided to bring the idea to a reality. On 25th Novemeber, 2002 (with my big band), I started recording at Skylight Studios in Bellsville, NJ and finished on 1st May 2003. What I call Salsa-Natra In Clave - with the help of arrangers Mr. D. Moss, Mr. Ray Santos and Paquito Pastor."
Joe Quijano


1. I've Got You Under My Skin
2. New York, New York
3. I Get A Kick Out Of You
4. Fly Me To The Moon
5. Witchcraft
6. All Of Me
7. Without A Song
8. The Rumba Dancer
9. Guaguanco For J-Lo
10. Copacabana
11. Ode To Frank (And He Begins To Sing) 

Total Duration 45'00"


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