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Ralph Irizarry & Los Viejos De La Salsa

Viejos Pero Sabrosos
CD (BKS Records 2012), Released 2012;
Editor's Pick:
Best of 2012 Award Winner

Man! Veteran timbalero supreme, Mr. Ralph Irizarry, is back with an absolute hand-grenade of salsa dura. Irizarry, for you salsa newbies out there, has played timbales for many icons of salsa and Latin jazz including Ray Barretto, Larry Harlow, Yomo Torro, Gerardo Rosales, Paoli Mejias and others. Aside from his own, highly regarded, bands Son Café and Timbalaye, he's most known as the timbalero for Rubén Blades' bands since the mid '80s up to, and including, the recent, fabulous, Todos Vuelven live concerts.
Viejos Pero Sabrosos is a relentless barrage of fist-in-the-air salsa. It's a statement about salsa musicians transcending age/time and, like a fine wine, can actually distill into something greater than its younger, less seasoned counterparts. It's an homage to the players of the past (Reunión Celestial sings the praises of the Fania All Stars) and an affirmation of the potency of the elder generation (Como El VIno). This is a band made of players who no longer have anything to prove, as they've kicked ass so many countless times. Here, within this new Los Viejos De La Salsa formation, they sound like they're playing simply for the love of it. I'll mention but a few members: Eddie Montalvo and José ‘Pepe’ Espinosa on congas, pianists Edy Martínez, Ricky González and Mike Eckroth, trombonist Reynaldo Jorge, bassist Rubén Rodríguez, trumpeters Nelson "Gazú" Jaime and Elias Lopes ...and other members of the salsa elite. The lead singers are none other than Venezuela's Marcial Isturiz (Bailatino, Descarga Criolla, La Negramenta, Rumberos del Calejón) and New York's own legendary singer/percussionist José Mangual Jr. (Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colón, Son Boricua, Mario Bauzá, etc.). Coro? They are Willie Ruiz, José ‘Pepito’ Gómez, Joseph ’Quique’ González, Eddie Rosado, and Héctor ‘Papote’ Jiménez.
My suggestion, folks, is to get this one but fast. Viejos Pero Sabrosos is a shoo-in for the Best of 2012 list. A Big DJ Alert and Very Highly Recommended. (BP, 2012-04-17)
Song titles include:
La Cima del Ritmo
Fiestas de los Adultos
Los Viejios
Se Goza Con Mi Cha Cha Chá
Después de los 20
Reunión Celestial
Alma Llanera
Como el Vino
La Clave
Un Loco Con Una Moto
Pienso en ti
Al Tambor
Musicians include:
Nelson "Gazú" Jaime: Trumpet
Elias Lopes: Trumpet
Reynaldo Jorge: Trombone
Bobby Franceschini: Tenor Sax
Eric Chacón: Flute
Mike Eckroth: Piano
Ricky González: Piano
Edy Martínez: Piano
Rubén Rodríguez: Bass
José ‘Pepe’ Espinosa: Congas
Eddie Montalvo: Congas
Carlitos Soto: Bongo & Afro Venezuelan Cowbell
Ralph Irizarry: Leader, Timbal
Jorge Maldonado: Percussion
Yonathan Gavidia: Percussion
Lead Vocals: Marcial Isturiz, José Mangual Jr.
Chorus: Willie Ruiz, José ‘Pepito’ Gómez, Joseph ’Quique’ González, Eddie Rosado, Héctor ‘Papote’ Jiménez
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa
Shipping Value: 1
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