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¡Nueva York!

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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....
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2008
  • Label: Festival Five Rec.
  • UPC: 800495001120
  • Catalog Number: 11
  • Sales rank: 230,779

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 El Pescador - La Cumbiamba Eneye (3:37)
  2. 2 Colás - Ernesto Villa Lobos (3:03)
  3. 3 Dame La Mano Paloma - Silvia Sierra (3:30)
  4. 4 Polito Chicken - La Bruja (3:33)
  5. 5 Verde Luz - Sonia De Los Santos (3:11)
  6. 6 Compadre Pedro Juan - Joaquín María DelRosario (4:07)
  7. 7 Alba Mañanera (4:10)
  8. 8 Tambora de Los Morenos - Sonia De Los Santos (2:11)
  9. 9 La Bruja - Lila Downs (3:59)
  10. 10 Phone Call Home (0:50)
  11. 11 El Pijul - Ernesto Villa Lobos (3:11)
  12. 12 Son Borinqueño - Silvia Sierra (3:48)
  13. 13 La Piragua - Sonia De Los Santos (3:50)
  14. 14 El Canario - Rubí Theater Company (3:21)
  15. 15 Cuida el Agua (3:12)
  16. 16 Palo Bonito - Joaquín María DelRosario (3:36)
  17. 17 El Botellón - La Cumbiamba Eneye (3:09)
  18. 18 Mi Luna - Sonia De Los Santos (6:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dan Zanes Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, 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
Phil Klum Mastering
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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