'Pacific Mambo Orchestra’s starstudded, groundbreaking studio debut takes
Latin Big Band to dizzying new heights. Led by pianist Christian Tumalan and
trumpeter Steffen Kuehn, this 19piece ensemble injects the Big Band music of
the 1940s through 1960s with a fresh, bold and contemporary sound,
designed to reach the next generation of Big Band listeners.
This sizzling debut may be attributed to the hard work, passion and
determination of visionary bandleaders Tumalan and Kuehn, who founded the
group two years ago with the aspiration of growing PMO into the most active
Latin Big Band in the nation.
The resulting compilation is the first project of its kind to emerge from the San
Francisco music scene and a unique, welcome contribution to the music world.
Tumalan and Kuehn not only produced the album, but also performed,
composed, and wrote the music and lyrics for many of the tracks. One of their
biggest accomplishments was gathering the impressive roster of
international, awardwinning talent that appears on the album. Together,
band members and contributors bring forth decades of collective experience
playing with a variety of musical greats, from Dizzy Gillespie, Carlos Santana,
Herbie Hancock and Tito Puente, to Art Garfunkel, Blood Sweat and Tears,
Jerry Garcia and Mariah Carey. The resulting tracks showcase fresh
songwriting, inspired arrangements, clever improvisations, and superlative
vocals.' (Maryann Lorusso, Redtypewriter.com, August 2012)