Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Viva La Tradicion
Written by Edward F. Nesta   

Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Viva La Tradicion The GRAMMY® Winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra's latest release, Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Viva La Tradicion, has the orchestra in fine "voice" on this energetic and passionate Latin jazz release. Move the furniture before you start playing Viva La Tradicion, you will need room to dance.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Viva La Tradicion  

Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Viva La Tradicion       

Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Viva La Tradicion: La Salsa Dura; Mi Herencia Latina; Son De Corazon; Como Baila Mi Mulato; Si Me Quieres Te Quiero; Baila Latino; La Fiesta Empezo; Nuestra Cancion; Linda; Regalo De Dios; Rumba Urbana; El Negro Tiene Tumbao   

Personnel: Ray De La Paz: Lead and  Background Vocals; Marco Bermudez: Lead and  Background Vocals; Carlos Cascante: Lead Vocals; Isaac Delgado: Vocals (Track 12); Maximo Rodriguez: Bass (Track 2); Raul Agraz: Trumpet (Tracks 4, 7): The Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Oscar Hernández: Piano, Leader; Hector Colón: Trumpet; John Walsh: Trumpet; Jimmy Bosh: Trombone; Daniel Reagan: Trombone; Mitch Frohman: Saxophone, Flute; Luisito Quintero: Timbales, Percussion;  George Delgado: Congas, Percussion; Jorge Gonzalez: Bongos, Percussion; Gerardo Madera: Bass; Willie Torres: Background Vocals                                 

Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Viva La Tradicio was co-produced by Paul Simon and Oscar Hernández, and released on the Concord Music Group label as part of Concord Picante, which was created for seminal Latin jazz musicians. This is the fourth release for the GRAMMY® Award Winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the first with Concord Music Group, and marks their tenth anniversary.

The release opens with the lively track La Salsa Dura, a brash track featuring the rousing horn section complementing the exciting vocals, and as co-producer Oscar Hernández says "really captures what we're about." The second track Mi Herencia Latina carries a salsa beat as they sing about "My American Heritage," the orchestra is tight as they move the emotional vocals through this touching track. Son De Corazon, written by Oscar Hernández, is co-arranged by the spry 80-year old veteran Gil Lopez; the track includes superb harmonies on top of a steady jazz/salsa beat.

The track Como Baila Mi Mulata is a spirited song featuring the percussion section and the trumpet of Raul Agraz. Si Me Quieres Te Quiero (If I Want I Want) is a well structured arrangement that features Mitch Frohman on flute that provides a different feel to the jazzy salsa beat. Baila Latino (Latin Dance) will have you dancing around with the lively tempo, sassy horn section, and energetic vocals. The track La Fiesta Empezo (The Party Started) is a party on a CD, so let the feet start moving, the hair start swaying, and get the hips gyrating, this song is about letting loose and having fun.

Nuestra Cancion, arranged by Gil Lopez, has the orchestra changing tempo and looking back at what Latin music was in the past with a stunning ballad, sexy vocals, and a dazzling baseline.

The release also includes the tracks Linda, more of that superb horn playing, great percussion work, and enticing vocals; Regalo De Dios, a Gil Lopez arrangement that features the flute and refreshing harmonies to a cha-cha-cha beat, it melds a bit of the past with a little of today's sound; Rumba Urbana, a complex arrangement that features the percussion section and trumpets dueling it out on this modified rhythmic song; and El Negro Tiene Tumbao that features guest vocalist Isaac Delgado surrounded by the high profile horns, and a driving percussion section.       

Websites where you can procure Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Viva La Tradicion are Concord Music Group, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, iTunes, and CD Universe.    

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