VibraSÓN’s music respects and honors the old -classic salsa from the Boogaloo era of the 1960s- while adding a contemporary feel to the sound, with dancers in mind. The vibraphone-centric format echoes the sounds of an era of Latin Music where big bands gave way to smaller and hipper club-sized ensembles. The band hails from the Bay Area and was formed by Jake Jacobs.
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Some things just get better with age. The venerable New Swing Sextet, founded before most of their current fans were probably even born, is still swinging today, playing with even more salsa, flavor and tightness then ever.
Their new album showcases this with a handful of amazing and diverse tunes that range in style from hard salsa to Latin jazz, boogaloo and cha-cha-cha to salsa romantica and descarga. While the basic formula is classic, the band brings a fresh and honest approach to the album that feels both young and vivacious, so the combination of years of experience and honing their chops actually ironically helps them sound more assured, youthful and hip than many new salsa bands around today!
The title encapsulates this special quality of old and new that makes this band so unique today: what they bring is full of sabor and swing!
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The New Swing Sextet features:
George Rodriguez on vibes and vocals, leader;
Angel Justiniano on vocals and conga drums and co-leader;
Harry Justiniano on bass and vocals;
Hector Ortiz on bongos and latin percussion;
Jimmy Figueroa on timbales and vocals;
Conal Fowkes on piano;
Orlando Ortiz on lead vocals.
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