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Retro New York Salsa

by The Echo Park Project

“My intention is to pay tribute to the 70’s era and the music that filled the streets of New York back then. The songs featured in this CD provided a wonderful and exciting music score to our lives”, said Carlo López, producer of The Echo Park Project.
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1. Mi Ritmo llegó
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2. El Hijo De Obatalá
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3. Le Gusta Que la Vean
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4. Lio
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5. Bongo Fiesta
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6. Me Quede Con Las Ganas
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7. Raices
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8. Que Tenga Sabor
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Salsa Hits Of The 70’s Come Back To Life In
“The Echo Park Project”

May 2006, Los Angeles, CA – Under the title “The Echo Park Project: Retro New York Salsa”, Latin producer and percussionist Carlo López has released a homage to the music of a generation.
With a total of 9 songs, this CD features some of the best compositions of Machito, Tite Curet Alonzo, Javier Vásquez, and Ramón Rodríguez, among others, all representatives of the exciting and unique style of salsa played in New York in the seventies. The songs on this recording are some of their finest compositions but they had never been re-recorded till now.

“My intention is to pay tribute to the 70’s era and the music that filled the streets of New York back then. The songs featured in this CD provided a wonderful and exciting music score to our lives”, said Carlo López, producer of The Echo Park Project.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Carlo López moved to Los Angeles in 1992, were he has played with many local bands, among them Son y Clave, La Palabra, and Mazacote. In a salsa circuit full of talent but with a similar line of standards, Lopez longed for more variety in the Latin scene; that is when the idea for a recording developed. From Brooklyn to Echo Park, his neighborhood in Los Angeles, Lopez recruited musicians from the salsa scene to bring these songs back to life to a new audience and a new generation.

“I wanted to bring back to life songs that nobody was playing in the West coast. A song like Me quedé con las ganas is just full of zest and it takes me right back to the seventies, the time when life was about having fun and music was around every corner. Incredible orchestras filled the nightclubs, the parks, the block parties. Music and life where one!” explains López.

Other songs featured in this CD, like Lío, Bongo Fiesta or Mi ritmo llegó, were not as popular or commercially successful as those put out by the most famous bands at the time, like Fania All Star or Hector Lavoe, but they remain, without a doubt, among the greatest of their times.

The musical director for the album is John Belzaguy, a recurrent face in the salsa scene and currently the bassist for Natalie Cole. Other musicians that collaborated in the project are Perico “Caridad” Hernández –outstanding Cuban percussionist/singer featured in Grammy nominated Carabana Cubana-, Sal Cracchiolo –trumpet player extraordinaire who worked for Poncho Sanchez for many years-, Joey de León –extraordinary percussionist-, Artie Web –flute player for Ray Barreto-, Frank Fontaine –featured in Patty Labelle’s latest release and player in local salsa bands-; and Tom Martin López –New York city percussionist for Tito Allen, Orquesta Broadway and Adalberto Santiago-.

For more information about “The Echo Park Project: Retro New York Salsa” please go to www.theechoparkproject.com


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Elena

¡Sabroso!
Oye, pero que gozada. Great salsa music for the ear and for the feet. Can't stop dancing.....

Eric Gonzalez

la salsa que a casi todos nos tocó el corazón,
Este es un trabajo interesante, con un título interesante. Echo Park es una comunidad en la ciudad de Los Angeles, California, donde reside mucho elemento artístico, no necesariamente salsero. Pero el nombre es original y dice mucho sobre esta gran urbe californiana. Y luego está el título del CD, que se refiere a la salsa que a casi todos nos tocó el corazón, aquella del “boom” de los setentas en la Gran Manzana. Y de eso se trata, precisamente, este gran trabajo de parte de este talentoso grupo, liderado por el percusionista Carlo López, quien vivió en Nueva York durante esos significativos años, y absorbió su belleza. Esa impresión, esos recuerdos, lo motivaron a crear este apasionado y vibrante CD, que nos lleva a la nostalgia.

La producción está compuesta por nueve números, casi todos nuevas versiones de algunos temas populares en los setentas. Así, pues, el CD arranca con “Mi Ritmo Llegó”, que alguna vez cantara Lalo Rodríguez, pero esta vez la labor vocal está a manos de Daniel Castillo. Aquí sobresale el trombón de Edwin Blas. Seguidamente está la pieza que honra al desaparecido Rey de las Manos Duras – Ray Barreto –, con “El Hijo de Obatalá”, contando con la flauta del sensacional Artie Webb, quien también tocara en versión original, y donde se destacan Joey De León en las congas, y Sal Cracchiolo en la trompeta. Otros cortes incluidos, por ejemplo, son “Bongo Fiesta”, “Le Gusta que la Vean”, “Que tenga sabor”, y “Raíces”. Pero, en lo que a mi gusto se refiere, pienso que la pieza que vende el CD, sin lugar a dudas, es la que cierra la producción, “Guajira Sorpresa”, un instrumental donde vuelve a brillar Artie Webb.

La ciudad de Los Angeles, a las que algunos llaman la Capital del Tercer Mundo, tiene su talento y su salsa vigente. Este impresionante debut de Carlo López y el Echo Park Project deja esto muy evidente y muy claro. Esta es la salsa de ayer, con salpiques de actualidad, tocada por los guerreros del ayer, presente y futuro. (EG)

Pietro by Radio-Vinilemania

Fantastic CD!!
C'è poco da dire... è il piu' bel CD che sia mai arrivato alla mia radio!!!!!!!!!

Semplicemente FAVOLOSO!!! 9 tracce una piu' bella dell'altra che si lasciano ascoltare e riascoltare all'infinito!!

TOP CD in Italia dove è sempre richiestissimo e ascoltatissimo!!!

Un complimento sincero a Carlo Lopez e alla sua fantastica orchestra.

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!!!!!

Ciao ciao Pietro

La Conga


Retro New York Salsa es un trabajo concebido originalmente en la ciudad de Nueva York, pero cristalizado en Los Angeles California durante este año (2006). The Echo Park Project nos recuerda mucho a una gran orquesta cuyo paso por la escena salsera fue un poco efimera, "Los Soneros Del Barrio", pero cuyo legado ha sido invaluable teniendo en cuenta los tiempos de crisis por los cuales este genero atraviesa.

Los temas escogidos para esta primera grabación son del agrado del salsero , los arreglos estan hechos para el bailador y muchos de los temas son parte de la antología salsera de los 70's que seguramente los habrán escuchado en algún momento de sus vidas.

En términos generales, Retro New York Salsa, suena muy bien, la selección de temas es un acierto asi como las intencion de conservar la linea salsera que domino a Nueva York en los 70's. Recomendamos especialmente Bongo Fiesta, Raices y Guajira Sorpresa.

Altamente Recomendado
RM

Bruce Pollin

Simply stated, these tracks swing. Great job by the band
Editor's Pick:
The brainchild of producer Carlo López, The Echo Park Project is a tribute to the music that filled the clubs, streets, and apartments — in the 1970s The Echo Park Project CD Retro New York Salsa consists of covers, done with respect, heart, soul and sabor. Some of the tracks interpreted are Lalo Rodríguez' "Mi Ritmo Llegó," Tite Curet Alonso's "El Hijo de Obatalá," Javier Vazquez' "Lio," "Que Tenga Sabor" by Rosendo Ruiz, and Machito's "Bongo Fiesta." Simply stated, these tracks swing.
Great job by the band, featuring vocalists Daniel Castillo, Martin Padillo, Jose Caridad Hernandez, bassist John Belzaguy, conguero Joey De Leon, trombonists Edwin Blás and Humberto Ruiz, Artie Webb on flute, pianists Esteban Adame, Tom Regis, Joe Rotondi, sax player Frank Fontaine, pianist Mateo Amper, tresero Tony Velez, and trumpeters Sal Cracchiolo and Vito Speranza, and timbalero-bongocero Tomás Martin López.
Great for the dancers... a heck of a lot of fun, and Highly Recommended. (BP, 2006-06-27)