Since its original conception by producer Aaron Levinson in 2000, the Grammy Award Winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO) has established itself as a standard bearer of contemporary Latin music. Directed by world-renowned pianist, arranger, and producer Oscar Hernández, the thirteen-member all-star ensemble has reintroduced the classic sounds of New York City Salsa to music lovers worldwide. The Artist Share self-produced Spanish Harlem Orchestra is a stunning follow-up to their Grammy award-winning Viva la Tradición, 2007 Grammy nominated United We Swing, 2004 Grammy award-winning album Across 110th St., and their 2002 debut, Un Gran Día En El Barrio.
Special guest pianist Chick Corea and saxophonist Joe Lovano close out the new album with an extraordinary Latin jazz reinterpretation of American Songbook standard, “You And The Night And The Music.” One reviewer notes, “Spanish Harlem Orchestra showcases the real sound of authentic, New York salsa at its best. Full force instrumental precision is beautifully met with inimitable vocal prowess by singers Ray De La Paz, Marco Bermúdez and Carlos Cascante. All pieces are first or second takes recorded with no click track; it’s simply the genre’s foremost players churning out powerhouse salsa tracks.”
Now in its twelfth year, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the most formidable and authentic Latin jazz combos of today. Yet for all of its appeal with contemporary audiences, the group’s success is actually rooted in the past. A lively and energetic affair, Spanish Harlem Orchestra draws on inspiration from the music’s history and enduring traditions. The collection is comprised largely of original compositions and arrangements of classic salsa tunes by bandleader/founder Oscar Hernández as well as enlisting the support of veteran composer and arranger Gil López on three compositions in collaboration with Marco Bermúdez (“Caribe Soy,” “Dulce Compañera,” and “Que Linda Son Las Latinas”). Source: www.yoshis.com
Spanish Harlem Orchestra at Yoshi´s
Saturday, May 23