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Latin: Salsa Moods: Mood: Upbeat Latin: Latin Jazz Moods: Type: Live Recordings Latin: Afro-Cuban

By Location
United States - Iowa

Orquesta Alto Maiz

Salsa with a lot of corn on the side! Alto Maiz defies all preconcieved notions related to its birthplace, Iowa. Clare Fischer's influence is manifested in pianist, arranger, band leader and former student, Bob Washut's desire to put together a salsa band in the heartland. Enter "the catalyst", Panamanian born and bred musician Ed East, Latin percussion specialist, Jim Dreier and 9 other monsters, and the conditions are set for the perfect salsa and Latin Jazz storm! Unsuspecting salsa lovers who happen upon the are amazed, confounded, elated, outraged, that a band out of Iowa can sound so...authentic, comparable and sometimes, better than what they hear in Miami, Chicago, or New York. Orquesta Alto Maiz is not a destination, it's a trip! And, in the words of Latin Jazz great Victor Mendoza: "If your body doesn't move when you hear these guys, you should check your pulse to see if you're alive."