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[With En Canto,] Orquesta La Moderna Tradición continues to produce some of the finest danzón-charanga dance material anywhere….Gorgeous.
Bruce Polin, editor and proprietor of the late lamented Descarga.com*
En Canto is the third recording by Orq. La Moderna Tradición (“The Modern Tradition Orchestra”), a Bay-Area based charanga – essentially, a salsa band with violins and flute instead of trumpets and trombones. I was a founding member and played with them for fifteen years.
This album represents a number of firsts for the band. While the first two recordings featured instrumental versions of classic Cuban danzón and cha-cha-cha, En Canto introduced a more modern sound and two new members, singer Eduardo Herrera and percussionist Carlos Caro.
En Canto is also the first album-length recording I engineered and mixed (in addition to playing piano and singing background vocals). While it sounds like a studio-quality recording, it was actually all done in my small house in Oakland.
CD-quality downloads are available here exclusively.
Eduardo Herrera – vocals
Tregar Otton – violin
Sandy Poindexter – violin
Chus Alonso – flute
Don Gardner – clarinet
Bob Karty – piano, background vocals
Steve Senft-Herrera – bass
Michael Spiro – congas, vocals (track 2)
Carlos Caro – timbales, percussion, background vocals
Sage Baggott – guiro, percussion, background vocals
Produced by Tregar Otton, Michael Spiro, and Bob Karty.
* For over 20 years, Descarga.com was not only the premier source for recordings of Afro-Cuban and related Afro-Caribbean music, it was also a treasure trove of information about this rich musical world. Descarga‘s web site, catalog, and newsletters offered reviews and recommendations from respected figures in the field and in-depth interviews with artists, producers, and scholars. Though I wrote down this quote from Bruce’s review, I never saved the web page, and it’s not in the Internet Archive. So you’ll just have to trust me that it’s legit. Better yet, buy the album and decide for yourself!