Title - 'Viva La Tradicion' (Concord Records)
Artist - Spanish Harlem Orchestra
My God, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the hottest orchestras out there. If you are a Salsa afficcionado you will love this CD. It's hot, vibrant and guaranted to get you on the dance floor. The orchestrations are tight!
'Viva la Tradicón,' the newest album from this Grammy winning 13-piece collective is a 12-track collection that takes up where its three predecessors left off! It opens with the exciting "La Salsa Dura," a song bursting with punching horn lines and spirited vocals. Halfeway thru the series of salsa tracks, one of Gil Lopez's arrangements, "Nuestra Cancion," acts as an unlikely addition to the high-powered energy of the set.
If you haven't heard of them before, you are in for a treat. This is the fourth CD from them, collects together memories of other artists that helped usher salsa music into the cultural mainstream from decades ago, and is absolute dynamite on a disc! [DW]