Quisqueya en el Hudson: Dominican Music in New York

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The Dominican community in the New York area is the biggest outside the Caribbean, and its musical traditions are a big part of its vibrancy. Its annual festival in Washington Heights features Dominican music, and some of the artists who perform at the festival appear here, covering not only the native high-energy meringue, but every aspect of Dominican music, be it the palos of Conjunto Folklorico de Alianza Dominicana or the son of Coco Merenson. A lot of this music is folkloric, as befits the Smithsonian Folkways label, but it's never less than marvelously entertaining, like the salve of Francia Reyes, where the vocals rise effortlessly above the drums. "La Multona," ...
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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The Dominican community in the New York area is the biggest outside the Caribbean, and its musical traditions are a big part of its vibrancy. Its annual festival in Washington Heights features Dominican music, and some of the artists who perform at the festival appear here, covering not only the native high-energy meringue, but every aspect of Dominican music, be it the palos of Conjunto Folklorico de Alianza Dominicana or the son of Coco Merenson. A lot of this music is folkloric, as befits the Smithsonian Folkways label, but it's never less than marvelously entertaining, like the salve of Francia Reyes, where the vocals rise effortlessly above the drums. "La Multona," from Neri Olivares, features a scintillating, delicate play of melody, showing how Dominicans have developed the Cuban son into their own art form. But don't be misled by the techno-bachata tag on Luis Dias' "La Manguera"; it has nothing to do with electronic music (although Dias does also play bachata-rock in addition to this slower, gentler sound). There's no doubting the dance appeal of the accordion-led meringue tracks. Franklyn Hernandez is masterful on them, leading an ensemble (with a terrific sax player) through the adrenalized workouts. This album doesn't claim to be a complete representation of the Dominican musical experience in New York, by any means -- but it'll do for a start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074049525
  • Catalog Number: 40495
  • Sales rank: 381,081

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Homenaje - Franklyn Hernández y Su Típican Brothers (5:01)
  2. 2 Ya Llegó la Virgen - Doña Chicha (2:55)
  3. 3 Baile de los Palos - Conjunto Folklórico De Alianza Dominicana (4:01)
  4. 4 Cibaeña - Claudio Fortunato y Su Guedeses (3:15)
  5. 5 San Miguel - Francia Reyes (4:09)
  6. 6 La Dolorita - Doña Chica (3:03)
  7. 7 Suite Folklórica Dominicana [Medley] - Luis Días (6:17)
  8. 8 La Mulatona - Neri Olivares y Grupo Sonnice (5:31)
  9. 9 La Manguera - Luis Días (3:30)
  10. 10 El Molde - Willie Lapache (3:47)
  11. 11 ¡Ay, Mami, Eh! (3:31)
  12. 12 Baile del Canguro - Willie Lapache (6:00)
  13. 13 Tierra Dominicana - Franklyn Hernández y Su Típican Brothers (2:26)
  14. 14 Juanita (6:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Quisqueya En El Hudson Primary Artist
Los Mora Choir, Chorus, Guira, Group Member
Joe Pena Bass, Tres, Group Member
Pedro Sosa Choir, Chorus
Viviane Louro Martinez Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Miguel Duran Bongos
Pedro Fuentes Bongos, Group Member
Paco Reyes Conga, Maracas, Group Member
Diego Aquino Bass, Group Member
Luis Polanco Tres, Group Member
Ramon Ortiz Drums, Group Member
Juan Carlos De La Cruz Vocals, Group Member
Boni Raposo Percussion, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Djembe, Guira, Pandereta, Palo de Lluvia, Atabal, Group Member
Francisca DeLa Cruz Background Vocals
Dawin Lapache Guitar, Group Member
Willie Lapche Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Francisco Meza Bass, Group Member
Gregory Ney Bass, Guira, Group Member
Neri Oilvares Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Nina Paulino Background Vocals
Domingo Peña Maracas, Guira
Víctor Perdomo Trumpet
Niurka Reynoso Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Víctor Sánchez Bass
María Terrero Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Jonathan Troncoso Choir, Chorus, Palo de Lluvia, Group Member
Juan Ramón "Monchy" Álvarez Background Vocals, Group Member
Andrea Nolasco "Doña Chicha" Brand Percussion, Vocals, Group Member
Canca Tamboura
Daiana Castillo Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Nelson Catros Guira
Juan Comprés Saxophone
Juan "Coco" DeJesús Guitar, Vocals
Luis Días Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Chi Chi Espinal Accordion, Group Member
Cinthya Feliu Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Adriano Fortunado Conga
Claudio Fortunato Drums, Vocals, Palo de Lluvia, Group Member
Francia Reyes Vocals
Enrique Guira Guira, Group Member
Technical Credits
Richard Burgess Marketing
Rafael de los Santos Cover Photo
Ryan Hill Contributor
Domingo Ramos Composer
Lee Michael Demsey Contributor
John "BJ John" Smith Marketing, Promotions Director
Traditional Composer
Willian Alemán Engineer, Mastering
Joe Veras Composer
Boni Raposo Arranger
Margot Nassau Financial Director, Licensing
Mark Gustafson Marketing
Norman van der Sluys Engineer
Tom Van Buren Engineer, Liner Notes, Annotation
Willie Lapche Engineer
Neri Oilvares Engineer
Carolina Santamaría translation
Leonardo Iván Domínguez Arranger, Liner Notes, translation, Annotation
Peter Ford Engineer
Claudio Fortunato Arranger
Helen Lindsay Public Relations
Betty Derbyshire Financial Director
Willie Lapache Composer
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