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Spanish Harlem Orchestra

A proud throwback to the classic era of Latin jazz big bands as exemplified by Tito Puente's classic salsa orchestra, Spanish Harlem Orchestra formed in 2000 under the tutelage of producer Aaron Luis Levinson and bandleader Oscar Hernandez. Best known as Rubén Blades' piano player and musical director, Hernandez had also worked with everyone from Celia Cruz and Ray Barretto to Kirsty MacColl and Paul Simon. (Hernandez arranged and produced the score for Simon's ill-starred Latin-influenced Broadway musical The Capeman.) Although the orchestra's lineup is forever shifting, Hernandez usually sticks to the traditional layout of himself on piano, a bassist, a trio of drummers and percussionists, and a five-man front line consisting of two trumpeters, two trombonists, and a saxophone and flute player. A trio of male vocalists starring lead singer Ray de la Paz completes the orchestra. Spanish Harlem Orchestra's blend of classic salsa tunes and new material debuted with 2002's Un Gran Dia en el Barrio (A Big Day in the Neighborhood). In 2003, they performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival. One year later, the collective's second album, Across 110th Street (named for Harlem's southern boundary), featured four songs with guest vocals by Hernandez's former boss, Rubén Blades. It also won a Grammy award for Best Salsa/Merengue Album. United We Swing followed in 2006 on the Six Degrees label, with a special appearance from Paul Simon. Viva La Tradición appeared four years later on Concord Picante. ~ Stewart Mason, Rovi
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I love this song
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derasfamily6 1 1
Lamafia losintocable s m u , s i c
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NO SOMOS IGUALES
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PR. FOR LIFE
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The busiest music in the world...it all be happening at once...love it....
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Purchased Viva after a concert in San Diego yesterday. Loved concert and music. Viva Oscar. I am now a new old fan. El Que Casiga Las Teclas-Gil Garcia
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www.reggaero c k g a l
I truly love this orchestra. :-)
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Salsa Y Control Con Mucho Sabor. Wepa Mi Gente
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Now dat`s FONKAAAAAY!! ! ! !
Yo. :-D
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Whep...Paaaa a a a a a a a a
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Spanish Harlem is amazing... Que Viva La Salsa!!!
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vasconezange l a
No hay nada como una Salsita de la buena!
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brigitte1213
I love this song & im only a teenager
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Power de puerto rico
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Love it!
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En el siglo 21, la mejor trayectoria del ritmo afro antillano, salsa,la orquesta hispanica del barrio; salsa con clase, salsa con cache. Exito!
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Me gusta mucho
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La banda, palante!!!
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Nice, and Smooth. EL, TIMBALERO De BROOKLYN.
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SALSA~
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I'm cuban and me liky
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Over the top I love it
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top shell orquesta,,,, , great
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primenera... . ves los vi que ear una agrpacion y buenas musicos !!!!!!
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Salsa dura DEAQUIPAYA.
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rusyarl
I am a born American with no Spanish background whatsoever, but I'm addicted to Salsa and this is by far my favorite Salsa Band. I absoulutely love this band! Ray, your son is a great singer as well, I saw him on the voice.
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bhawthorne81
me gustsa mucho
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snakkcake
looking for arethea franklin's Spanish Harlem
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terrific band of proffesional s
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torres9279
this is nice
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SHO also appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival a few years ago and brought the house down!
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johnno1919
Brings back memories, Tito, Mongo, Dancing in the Park, 1960's Latin Jazz........ . . . . .
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carlos11302
Amazing Orchesta! Keep jamming guys!
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they cant be touch. thers just no way
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continuation . . . a n d its appreciation would also increase its financial rewards for the artistes. Give this some thunk guys. smokersodyss e y c o m
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I've been digging LJ or salsa since way back in the fifties, went to the Palladium more than a few times. I loved Mongo and his Afro Jazz experiments, and was a big fan of Joe Cuba, for his cross over into pop; and felt the likewise with the Miami Sound Machine for the same. Our culture is so rich, and appreciated all over the world, I know you know that. But I feel we should have more music with English lyrics. If the Anglo market could understand it, they would be able to feel it like we do.
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tremenda melodia felicidades
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Excellente Orchestra! I follow them since their first Cd. Congratulati o n s for the award.
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hollyiniece
Fierce!!!!
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eshaw189
This is very nice. A wonderful throwback.
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robvalderas
Esta orquesta tiene tremenda sonido.
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eustaquiocol o n
Ruben Blades "Un Orgullo de nuestra Musica"... Love it
Saludos de un boricua con orgullo de nuestra musica.
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mambopjazz
Love all of Spanish Harlem's music. Classic Salsa with modern jazz harmonies.
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This is as good as it gets when you want the good salsa.Tight rythem with accomplished musicians, and Ray De La Paz singing sensation.Th e r e is no cutting back here.If all salsa bands could follow this route the salsa scene would come back stronger than ever.of course it would never be like the 70's but this is good.
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Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the most dynamic Salsa groups in the Tropical music arena.
Under the direction of Oscar Hernandez, the group has conquered the hearts of demanding Latin dancers worldwide.
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teatrees2mas s a g e
Great dancing music at your house party!!

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