En Canto by Orquesta La Moderna Tradición. Scroll down for sound clips.
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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 10-piece charanga orchestra – essentially, a type of Cuban salsa band with violins and flute instead of trumpets and trombones. I was an original member and played with them for fifteen years.
While our first two albums were comprised of instrumental versions of classic Cuban danzón and cha-cha-cha, En Canto added a lead singer, Eduardo Herrera.
En Canto is the first album-length recording I engineered and mixed (in addition to playing piano and singing background vocals). It was all done in my little house in Oakland.
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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
Recorded by Bob Karty except for rhythm section on Cenizas and Canta La Ceiba, recorded by Jeff Cressman.
Edited and mixed by Bob Karty.
Mastered by Ken Lee.
Produced by Tregar Otton, Michael Spiro, and Bob Karty.
* For over 20 years, Descarga.com was the premier source for recordings of Afro-Cuban and related Afro-Caribbean music and a treasure trove of information about this rich musical world, unavailable elsewhere for English-speaking listeners. 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. Relying on sales of CDs and DVDs, it couldn’t compete with streaming services, and closed in 2016.