Bob Karty

Cover art for "En Canto" album by Orquesta La Moderna Tradición

Orquesta La Moderna Tradición continues to produce some of the finest danzón-charanga dance material anywhere….Gorgeous.

Bruce Polin, “Editor’s Pick,”*

En Canto by Orquesta La Moderna Tradición.

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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. An original member, I played piano and sang backing vocals with them for sixteen years.

Co-founded by violinist Tregar Otton and Cuban dance and percussion master Roberto Borrell, LMT also featured percussionist and 10-time Grammy nominee Michael Spiro.

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, and I also co-produced. This 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, was not only the best source for recordings of Afro-Cuban and related Afro-Caribbean music, it was also a treasure trove of information about this rich musical world for English-speaking fans. Descarga‘s web site, catalog and newsletters included reviews and recommendations from respected figures in the field and in-depth interviews with artists, producers and scholars. Sadly, it couldn’t compete with streaming (it sold CDs and DVDs), and closed in 2016.