Viva La Tradición

Viva La Tradición

by Spanish Harlem OrchestraSpanish Harlem Orchestra




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).

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2010
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072322639
catalogNumber: 32263

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
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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