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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Spanish Harlem Orchestra's third release isn't appreciably different from their first two, but that's not a criticism: as before, the 13-piece collective delivers a nonstop volley of pure neo-retro salsa dura that couldn't possibly be improved upon. Led by pianist Oscar Hernández, SHO takes its cues from the heyday of Tito Puente, Machito, and the other revered Latino bandleaders of the mid- to late 20th century. The coordinated horn blasts snap in and out with regularity, the percussion is ceaselessly dizzying, the nuanced solos impressive, and the vocalists all engaging. Most of the tunes here are originals, and the arrangements, by Hernández, vocalists Willie Tórres, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Spanish Harlem Orchestra's third release isn't appreciably different from their first two, but that's not a criticism: as before, the 13-piece collective delivers a nonstop volley of pure neo-retro salsa dura that couldn't possibly be improved upon. Led by pianist Oscar Hernández, SHO takes its cues from the heyday of Tito Puente, Machito, and the other revered Latino bandleaders of the mid- to late 20th century. The coordinated horn blasts snap in and out with regularity, the percussion is ceaselessly dizzying, the nuanced solos impressive, and the vocalists all engaging. Most of the tunes here are originals, and the arrangements, by Hernández, vocalists Willie Tórres, Ray de la Paz, and others, are polished to perfection. Paul Simon is the big-name guest star this time out, taking a lead vocal on the album closer, his own "Late in the Evening," repaying a favor to Hernández, who worked with Simon on the latter's ill-fated Broadway musical The Capeman. It's actually the weakest track on an album that otherwise has none, if only because it feels out of context. But not to worry: this is Latin dance music the likes of which is rarely heard anymore, and that in itself is worthy of celebration. This CD was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 for Best Tropical Latin Album.
New York Times
This band reminds you of the excitement that is central to the salsa orchestra...the record is all righteous pleasure.
Daily News
Brims with 13 songs tailor-made for the dance floor. Listen to "En el tiempo del Palladium" and move those hips like it's 1957 and you're at the famed New York City nightclub that inspired the song.

Brims with 13 songs tailor-made for the dance floor. Listen to "En el tiempo del Palladium" and move those hips like it's 1957 and you're at the famed New York City nightclub that inspired the song.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2007
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • UPC: 657036113428
  • Catalog Number: 1134
  • Sales rank: 59,937

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spanish Harlem Orchestra Primary Artist
Paul Simon Vocals
Ray de la Paz Vocals
Mitch Frohman Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Jorge Gonzalez Bongos
Oscar Hernandez Piano, Leader, Musical Direction
Dan Reagan Trombone
Willie Torres Maracas, Vocals, Guiro
Jimmy Bosch Trombone
George Delgado Conga
Hector Colon Trumpet
John Walsh Trumpet
Luisito Quintero Timbales
Pete Nater Trumpet
Kenny Baldwin Dancer
Marcos Bermudez Vocals
Hector "Maximo" Rodriguez Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Rubén Blades Author
Paul Simon Composer, Author
Sonny Bravo Arranger
Jose Febles Arranger
Angel Fernandez Arranger
Oscar Hernandez Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Dave Kowalski Engineer
Gilbert Lopez Arranger, Composer
Willie Torres Composer
Marcos Bermudez Composer
Bob Duskis Executive Producer
Joe Amato Executive Producer
Nick Jiménez Composer
Pat Berry Executive Producer
Johnny Ortiz Composer
Gene Amato Executive Producer
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