The Descarga Review
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Spanish Harlem Orchestra CD
Exclusively comprised of acclaimed instrumentalists known for supporting the “who’s who” of salsa, Spanish Harlem Orchestra is a musical tour-de-force keeping the hard-hitting tradition of salsa dura (heavy salsa) alive and well.
Produced by Oscar Hernández, Spanish Harlem Orchestra features a stellar collection of nine newly written original arrangements and three cover compositions. Special guest pianist Chick Corea and saxophonist Joe Lovano close out the album with the orchestra’s singular Latin jazz reinterpretation of the Great American Songbook standard, “You And The Night And The Music.” Spanish Harlem Orchestra showcases the real sound of authentic, New York salsa at its best. Full force instrumental precision is beautifully met with inimitable vocal prowess by singers Ray De La Paz, Marco Bermudez and Carlos Cascante. All pieces are first or second takes recorded with no click track; it’s simply the genre’s foremost players churning out powerhouse salsa tracks. So, turn up the volume, open the windows, and put on your headphones or dancin’ shoes ’cause the Spanish Harlem Orchestra is back with a slew of mesmerizing new tunes!
Over the past 12 years, Spanish Harlem Orchestra has solidified their place among Latin music’s foremost bands. Whether on record or performing live, they’ve successfully set the highest bar for salsa while securing its vitality for future generations. From his Bronx roots and admiration for nearby Spanish Harlem, Hernández’s celebrated career has seen him perform/record with all of the Latin greats and beyond. A keen sensibility keeping the all-out salsa aesthetic true to its form, and consistently fashioning fresh new arrangements affords the Spanish Harlem Orchestra as standard bearers of contemporary Latin music. (Press)
Very Highly Recommended.
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