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All Music Guide - John Bush
Spanish Harlem Orchestra's fourth album, and its first in four years, puts the focus back on the group itself after previous albums with spotlights for Paul Simon and Rubén Blades, among others. Fittingly, it celebrates the rich tradition of salsa music, as heard on the second track, "Mi Herencia Latina," written by vocalist Willie Torres, who name-checks a parade of influences. (Torres knows something about salsa tradition: he's been part of the chorus for some of the best salseros going back to the early '60s, including Palmieri brothers Eddie and Charlie, Ray Barretto, Tito Puente, and Celia Cruz, among others.) As usual, Oscar Hernández produces, writes, and arranges most...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Spanish Harlem Orchestra's fourth album, and its first in four years, puts the focus back on the group itself after previous albums with spotlights for Paul Simon and Rubén Blades, among others. Fittingly, it celebrates the rich tradition of salsa music, as heard on the second track, "Mi Herencia Latina," written by vocalist Willie Torres, who name-checks a parade of influences. (Torres knows something about salsa tradition: he's been part of the chorus for some of the best salseros going back to the early '60s, including Palmieri brothers Eddie and Charlie, Ray Barretto, Tito Puente, and Celia Cruz, among others.) As usual, Oscar Hernández produces, writes, and arranges most of the tracks, and translating his vision falls to a group of standout instrumentalists: brass players led by trombonist Jimmy Bosch and trumpeter Hector Colón, Mitch Frohman on woodwinds, and percussionists Luisito Quintero (timbales), George Delgado (congas), and Jorge Gonzalez (bongos). The material includes everything a fan would expect: plenty of strong, durable salsa numbers, plus son and mixing it up in the middle, the bright and buoyant pachanga "Como Baila Mi Mulata" (another original composition and arrangement by Hernández, led by Frohman on flute).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072322639
  • Catalog Number: 32263
  • Sales rank: 31,783

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Salsa Dura (5:56)
  2. 2 Mi Herencia Latina (5:31)
  3. 3 Son De Corazon (6:27)
  4. 4 Como Baila Mi Mulata (5:41)
  5. 5 Si Me Quieres Te Quiero (5:22)
  6. 6 Baila Latino (5:41)
  7. 7 La Fiesta Empezo (5:04)
  8. 8 Nuestra Cancion (5:22)
  9. 9 Linda (4:47)
  10. 10 Regalo De Dios (5:28)
  11. 11 Rumba Urbana (6:35)
  12. 12 El Negro Tiene Tumbao (6:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spanish Harlem Orchestra Primary Artist
Ray de la Paz Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Mitch Frohman Flute, Saxophone, Group Member
Oscar Hernandez Piano, Leader, Group Member
Willie Torres Background Vocals, Group Member
Jimmy Bosch Trombone, Group Member
George Delgado Percussion, Conga, Group Member
Hector Colon Trumpet, Group Member
Raul Agraz Trumpet
Luisito Quintero Percussion, Timbales, Group Member
Marcos Bermudez Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Carlos Cascante Vocals
Isaac Delgado Guest Appearance
Jorge Gonzalez Percussion, Bongos, Group Member
Maximo Rodriguez Bass
Daniel Reagan Trombone, Group Member
Gerardo Madera Bass, Group Member
Technical Credits
Paul Simon Executive Producer
Angel Fernandez Arranger
Oscar Hernandez Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Adaptation
Dave Kowalski Engineer
Jose Madera Arranger
Pedro Flores Composer
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Marcos Bermudez Composer
Gonzalo Grau Arranger
Manuel Simonet Composer
Pedro Speck Composer
Gary Eisenberg Illustrations
Carlos Cascante Composer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Julio Jauregui Composer
Albert J. Roman Art Direction
Cesar Portillo de la Luz Composer
Jorge Gonzalez Photo Courtesy
Gil Lopez Arranger, Composer
Maximo Rodriguez Arranger
Tom Ehrlich Photo Courtesy
Debra Hurd Cover Illustration
Eliel Rivero Composer
William Maisonet Torres Composer
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  • Posted December 12, 2011

    Salsa at it's best

    Salsa Dura....and it goes on and on...every track is smokin....It doesn't get better than this...The kind of album that keeps you dancing...and then you play it again...love it...

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