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by Direct Latin Influence

Keeping the roots of traditional Latin music Alive and swinging---includes guaracha, cha cha, bolero, merengue, and bomba.
Genre: Latin: Salsa
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1. Pepe Antonio
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5:23 album only
2. A Mi Que
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3:44 album only
3. Traicionera
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6:57 album only
4. Besitos de Coco
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4:04 album only
5. Lagrimas Negras
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6:49 album only
6. Bolero medley
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6:16 album only
7. La-la-la
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5:49 album only
8. La Enganadora
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5:22 album only
9. El Negrito del Batey
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10. Clavelitos
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11. Tatalibaba
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Album Notes
Direct Latin Influence is back, to the delight of loyal Latin music aficionados everywhere, with a sizzling second production: DLI II. Whether Dave Chamberlain's DLI offers up conjunto or charanga styles, guaracha, cha cha, bomba, merengue, or bolero, you can count on this: the music is authentic, and it swings!

DLI has just celebrated it's second anniversary performing as a quintet at the prestigious Rainbow Room, and is proud to champion the traditional style and promote the composers of the past (the architects of the music).

DLI, an acronym for the first names of leader/trombonist Dave Chamberlain, vocalist Luisito Ayala, and pianist Igor Atalita, is synonymous with virtuosity and versatility. Chamberlain arranges the tunes and allows the group to change from conjunto to charanga style by playing trombone, flute, and bass trumpet. Ayala began his career as a drummer. His vocals have a rhythmic intensity, and he is able to play various percussion instruments (including campana) while singing. Check out other singers and you will see how rare that is today! He is a true sonero, another dying art. Igor Atalita is a true pianist (not just electric keyboards) and has experience as a soloist and in musical theater. The group is rounded out by one of the world's great bass players, Ray Martinez, swinging conguero/bongocero Walter Reyes, Edwin Vega on timbales, and Marshall Gilkes on trombone. Ray and Walter also contribute outstanding coro voices.

Over the years, I've been asked many times which CDs I wish had washed ashore with me , were I shipwrecked and stranded on a desert island? Which CDs would I grab as, God forbid, I fled a burning house? In a heartbeat, I'll say that my DLI II CD would sure be one of them!

Check out DLI II and you'll discover that it's scintillating rhythms and scorching arrangements fire up your soul and give you goose bumps, forcing you to move!

Notes by Vicki Sola
Host/producer of Que Viva la Musica
89.1 WFDU-FM
and columnist Latin Beat Magazine


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Marty Sheller, noted composer/arranger

rugged and hard-driving
(Re: DLI II) Direct Latin Influence's conjunto is rugged and hard-driving. The trombone and bass trumpet solos have a cutting edge that makes the rhythm section push even harder. Their charanga gets that suave Cuban groove that the dancers love. The combination of flute with trombone produces a unique charanga flavor. The arrangements give all the players a chance to shine, and it sounds like they enjoyed making this CD. Direct Latin Influence swings! And there is something for everyone, young and old. Check them out!

Gerald Edwards

Just Great Music
Great music. Great to dance to or listen to. Musical masters making music in a masterful manner.

Raul Bello, DLI II CD purchaser

Great job guys.
Great job guys. Loved the upgrading and re-make of some old but great songs. Looking forward to more.

Bruce Polin

"A pure delight"
This is brewing, churning old-school salsa, guaracha-charanga style, boiled down to its essence. A pure delight and highly recommended.

Ray Vega, trumpet solo artist

It's killin'!!!!
It's killin'!!!! This is salsa the way it's supposed to be. Swingin' hard and directly to the point!!! Congrats on a super project!

Rudy Mangual, Latin Beat Magazine

A special recording
[DLI II] continues mapping out the group's inner city flavor and devotion to the rhythms of the Caribbean. Joyous, powerful and above all dance-friendly... a special recording.

Tony Vargas DJ "El Sabor de Salsa"

The band plays on a tight rope!
I really enjoyed the "old school" sound. The arrangements are very original, and the band plays on a tight rope! I look forward to the next release.

Lucho Bilongo

" que nos pone a gozar senores!"
La inteligente escogencia de los temas, ya nos puede dar la primera garantia para que sea una muy buena produccion de Direct Latin Influence...que nos pone a gozar senores! Altamente recomendado.

Farid Debih, DJ in Belgium

"absolutely fabulous"
[DLI II] is absolutely fabulous with a killer version of "La-la-la".