United We Swing

United We Swing

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by Spanish Harlem Orchestra
     
 
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,

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2007
Label:
Six Degrees
UPC:
0657036113428
catalogNumber:
1134
Rank:
128252

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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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