Retro Jazz’s Jazzeando el Cancionero Dominicano Vol. I, is a project that honors Dominican composers and songs which that became major hits in the tropical music field and beyond. The album features a cultural mix of jazz-influenced styles.
The lead single, “La ventanita,” composed by the great Mickey Taveras is a stellar representation of Dominican influence in the world of Latin music. First heard in the 1990s in the performance by legendary merengue artist, Sergio Vargas, “La ventanita” exploded a few years later in Argentina through Grupo Sombras, Garibaldi in Mexico, and became a salsa hit.
Retro Jazz is led by producer, arranger, songwriter and bassist Pengbian Sang. Pengbian was born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. He has produced and arranged for stellar artists from the Dominican Republic, including Sergio Vargas, Mickey Taveras, Milly Quezada, Maridalia Hernandez, Frank Ceara and Felix D’Oleo to name a few.
Pengbian has scored music for the films such as the internationally acclaimed “Nueba Yol” and “Perico Ripiao.” He has performed with Latin Jazz greats Gonzalo Rubalcalba, Arturo Sandoval and Eumir Deodato among others.
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 produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and 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. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.