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Edwin Perez “La Voz del Pueblo”

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After more than a decade of being the lead singer for La Excelencia and Orquesta SCC, Edwin Perez delivers his first solo album, La Voz Del Pueblo. Ten original tunes in the Salsa Dura style that characterized his music throughout his salsa career.

Think about a cross between the socially conscious lyrics of Ruben Blades and the hardcore sounds of Eddie Palmieri, or Ray Barretto with strong lyrical delivery much in the style of a Gilberto Santa Rosa or Ruben Blades. All tunes were arranged by Maestro Jorge Bringas whom also recorded the bass and directed the musician’s sessions.

This CD has the type of salsa music you want to get up and start dancing to right away but in a few seconds of dancing, you realize you also want to sit down and listen to the lyrics and the stories in them.

A salsa-lover’s oasis of flavorful high quality musicianship tunes, with the collaboration of salsa greats such as Gilberto “Pulpo” Colon Jr.on piano (former Hector Lavoe’s musical director), Luisito Quintero on all percussion (Oscar D’Leon, Spanish Harlem and many others), Jorge Bringas on bass ( Albita, Omara Portuondo, La Excelencia), Rey David Alejandre on trombones, piano and clave (Willie Colon, Richard Bona), Jonathan Powell on trumpets (Eddie Palmieri, La Excelencia), and Angel Rios/Ruben Milano on backup vocals. Don’t pass up on this one!

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Orquesta SCC – New Single Release “No Puedo Respirar (I Can’t Breathe)”

Salsa Dura, old school style song, with socially conscious lyrics & lots of flavor

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This new tune from New York City’s Famed band Orquesta SCC, “No Puedo Respirar (I Can’t Breathe)” tackles the social/historical issue of abuse of power and the growing problematic of murder by cop while making it obvious in the lyrics that the bad apples are a very small minority and most officers are honest good people/cops. It starts telling the story in a first person perspective from the eyes of a victim of abuse who asks “why do you beat me, officer?” And grows into a third person narrative that goes into the details of a bigger social problem, one that needs to be addressed by authority all over the world.

Composed by Edwin Perez (music and lyrics), lead singer and co-owner of Orquesta SCC, Arranged by Jorge Bringas, bassist and musical director of the band, this tune reminds us of how salsa used to be.
The second the Fender Rhodes starts – masterfully played by Edgar Pantoja-Aleman (watch out for the Fender solo) – and the gritty, organic and melodious New York sound comes off the trombone of master trombone player Rey David Alejandre (El Soldado) in a right-from-the-start solo, you know you’re in for quite a ride… And a treat! With solos by Edgar Pantoja-Aleman on piano, Kalí Rodríguez-Peña on trumpet and Rey David Alejandre on trombone, this tune will make you swing!

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