The Spanish Harlem Orchestra United We Swing
- Released: May 15, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Six Degrees
Down Beat - p.664 stars out of 5 -- "Here, bandleader/pianist Oscar Hernandez leads his team into some wildly graceful attacks."
Dirty Linen - p.79"Through 123 stellar cuts, they offer a crisp and hip-swiveling array of percussion and horns that don't let up, throwing in a rumba and a mambo for good measure."
Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.59) - "[T]he battery of congas, bongos and timbales here is never short of explosive, the horns and vocals soar without fail, and the controlled flamboyance of Hernandez's piano decorates buoyantly cool bass."
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Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Ray de la Paz (vocals); Hector "Maximo" Rodriguez (bass guitar); Jorge Gonzalez (bongos); George Delgado, Pete Nater, Dan Reagan, Hector Colon, Jimmy Bosch, John Walsh , Marcos Bermudez, Oscar Hernandez, Mitch Frohman, Willie Torres, Luisito Quintero.
Personnel: Willie Torres (vocals, guiro, maracas); Marcos Bermudez, Paul Simon (vocals); Mitch Frohman (flute, baritone saxophone); Pete Nater, Hector Colon, John Walsh (trumpet); Dan Reagan, Jimmy Bosch (trombone); Oscar Hernandez (piano); George Delgado (congas); Luisito Quintero (timbales); Kenny Baldwin (dancer).
Additional personnel: Paul Simon.
Audio Mixers: Dave Kowalski; Oscar Hernandez.
Recording information: Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ (11/23/2006-11/26/2006).
Authors: Paul Simon; Rub‚n Blades.
Photographers: Mikki Allen Willis; Jerry Lacay.
Arrangers: Oscar Hernandez; Jos‚ Febles; Gilbert Lopez; Angel Fernandez; Sonny Bravo.
With 2007's Grammy-nominated UNITED WE SWING, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra reinforces its revered reputation by offering up a lively set of salsa tunes. Led by pianist/arranger Oscar Hernandez, the horn-heavy New York City-based ensemble shines on exuberant tracks such as "Llego La Orquesta" and "Sacala Bailar," closing the album with a surprisingly simpactico collaboration with Paul Simon on his slice-of-city-life song, "Late in the Evening."
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