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¡Nueva York!
     

¡Nueva York!

by Dan Zanes
 

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More so than any of his other records, it's hard to define what makes Dan Zanes' ¡Nueva York! a "kids" record. A carnival of Latin rhythms and standards, the songs are uniformly in Spanish and don't endeavor to teach the language at all ("Pollito Chicken" has some English words). Instead, what Zanes is teaching is compassion, as he and his multicultural band

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More so than any of his other records, it's hard to define what makes Dan Zanes' ¡Nueva York! a "kids" record. A carnival of Latin rhythms and standards, the songs are uniformly in Spanish and don't endeavor to teach the language at all ("Pollito Chicken" has some English words). Instead, what Zanes is teaching is compassion, as he and his multicultural band represent all the stripes of Latin identity among his New York neighbors, each telling their stories in melody and rhythm. One track that all children will understand, for example, is Sonia De Los Santos' "Phone Call Home" to her mother in Mexico, infused with all the longing of a child far away in a strange place. Perhaps it's best to use Zanes' terminology here -- ¡Nueva York! is family music, with appeal to parents as well as their kids, created for listening and dancing together. (In fact, the language barrier is a great equalizer between big and little listeners.) And it triumphs, from Zanes' fluent, if accented, Spanish to the exuberance of his band -- probably the tightest outfit working the kids circuit today. Driving his message home are Zanes' guests, who represent some of the lights of New York's Latin music community, from the Colombian folkloric group La Cumbiamba eNeYé to the Puerto Rican-Jewish star of Rent, Daphne Rubin-Vega. While their language and music may be different, they are all part of the same community in Nueva York, sharing together the joy and spirit of their cultures. Zanes has also referred to the collection as his "pro-immigration album," a stance that's second nature in a polyglot city like his own, but which makes a timely lesson for kids and parents across America.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Former Del Fuego Dan Zanes has been anything but dormant since the rootsy college rock collective called it quits in 1990. Six years after his 1995 solo debut, Cool Down Time, Zanes discovered a way to merge his two favorite things (fatherhood and music) into a sustainable career with a series of folk albums for kids that has proven to be just as enjoyable for their larger counterparts. After snagging a Grammy Award in 2007 for the singalong album Catch That Train, Zanes, ever the cultural sponge, gathered his musician friends from New York's Latino community and began work on a collection of songs from the Spanish-speaking Americas. The resulting Nueva York!, referred to frequently in print by Zanes as his "pro-immigration CD," features 17 high quality songs, mostly traditional, that touch on many Latin folk styles like cumbia, merengue, son, and bachata. Zanes brought in some serious muscle this time around, including Marc Ribot, Panamanian actress/singer Daphne Rubin-Vega, Latin jazz singer Lila Downs, Mexican rockers the Villa-Lobos Brothers, and Afro-Colombian roots ensemble La Cumbiamba Eneyé, and he allows the spotlight to fall on them more times than not, resulting in a fun, all-inclusive listening experience that's a lot like sitting on a hot set of apartment steps during a summer block party.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
Label:
Festival Five Rec.
UPC:
0800495001120
catalogNumber:
11
Rank:
198431

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Performance Credits

Dan Zanes   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Autoharp,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Cavaquinho,Slide Guitar,Tenor Banjo
Marc Ribot   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Daphne Rubin-Vega   Vocals
Bernardo Palombo   Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Nelson Vasquez   Choir, Chorus
Rob Friedman   Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,farfisa organ,Pump Organ,Lap Steel Guitar,Sounds
Isidro Chavez   Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Colin Brooks   Percussion,Drums,Maracas,Guiro
Lila Downs   Vocals
George Rush   Tuba
Saskia Sunshine Lane   Vocals,Upright Bass
Quique Sinesi   Guitar,Charango
Anna Zanes   Flute,Choir, Chorus
José R. Estevez   Beat Box
Jennifer Fleming   Vocals
Patricia Herrera   Vocals,Rap
Sônia Maria Dos Santos   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jose Charrillo V.   Guitar
JoMack Miranda   Rap,Beat Box
Sebastian Cruz   Bass Drums,Tamboura
Nilko Andreas   Choir, Chorus,Shaker
Guillermo Cardenas   Percussion,Bongos,Maracas,Cajon
Quique D.   cuatro
Joaquín María DelRosario   Guitar,Vocals
John Foti   Accordion,Saxophone
Johnny Ali García Fleming   Vocals
Macy Lawler   Choir, Chorus
María Lazarini   Vocals
Jesse Myers   Vocals,Rap
Demián Palombo   Guitar
Elena Moon Park   Trumpet,Violin,Vocals
Tashawn Reagon   Flute
Silvia Sierra   Vocals
Stephanie Aguila Vale   Choir, Chorus
Carina Vasquez   Choir, Chorus
Martín Vejarano   Drums,Vocals,Cununo
Sonia Videgaray   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Beto Villa Lobos   Vocals,Jarana
Ernesto Villa Lobos   Vocals,Jarana,Sounds
Luis Villa Lobos   Violin,Vocals
Paul Cohen   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Rosalind Ilett   Production Intern
Dan Zanes   Arranger,Producer,Author
Bernardo Palombo   Composer,Executive Producer,Author
Luis Alberti   Composer
Rob Friedman   Producer,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Lila Downs   Arranger
Salvador Cardenal   Composer
Luis Alves Ferreira   Composer
JoMack Miranda   Composer
Gala Narezo   Cover Photo
Silvia Sierra   Composer
Cathy Valle   Production Intern

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