Reinvigorating Tradition

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Viva La Tradicion (Concord Picante CPI-32263-02, 2010)

Spanish Harlem Orchestra begins a new stage in its career with its first album for Concord Music Group. The Latin music powerhouse has become of the finest exponents of salsa and Latin jazz in the United States. Led by the reputable pianist Oscar Hernandez, the band he has assembled now includes renowned musicians such as trombonist Jimmy Bosch.

Viva La Tradicion (Long Live Tradition) is a tribute to the legendary tropical Latin music masters, but this album is not necessarily about nostalgia. Even though the band plays classic forms such as mambo, bolero and cha cha cha, it also delivers the latest trends in the world of Latin dance music by incorporating hard salsa and fiery Cuban timba.

The phenomenal musical traditions of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean are alive and well in the hands of one of its masters, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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