Euphoric Rhythms by Boogaloo Revivalists

Spanglish Fly – Ay Que Boogaloo! (Chaco World Music, 2018)

Ay Que Boogaloo! is the new album by New York-based multinational bilingual band Spanglish Fly. The ensemble specializes in tasty, hip-shaking boogaloo (bugalú), a form of Latin music popular in the 1960s that brought together Cuban mambo and son montuno with African American R&B.

The group led by trumpeter Jonathan Goldman features two female vocalists who sing in Spanish and English. Ay Que Boogaloo! extends beyond boogaloo, featuring jazz swing, a bolero-fied version of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m no Good”, and funk as well.

The band brought in to the studio several high profile guests including boogaloo star Joe Bataan.

The lineup on Ay Que Boogaloo! includes Mariella González on vocals; Paloma Muñoz on vocals; Matt Thomas on tenor saxophone; Rafael Gómez on bass; Kenny Bruno on keyboards; Arei Sekiguchi on timbales; Dylan Blanchard on conga; Ronnie Roc on bongo, bell; Teddy Acosta on percussion; Vera “Trombonita” Kemper on trombone; and Jonathan Goldman on trumpet.

Special guests: El Callegueso, Joe Bataan, Flaco Navaja & Izzy Santana, Snowboy, and Rowan Ricardo Phillips.

Additional guests: Edwin “Machuco” Estremera on vocals; Manuel García-Orozco on guitar; John Speck on trombone; Morgan Price on baritone saxophone; Jonathan Flothow on baritone saxophone; and Richie Robles on backing vocals.

Ay Que Boogaloo! delivers infectious rhythms and insistent energy performed by a talented ensemble of international musicians.

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.

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