'The PMO is bristling with kinetic energy. The arrangements are sparkling, the rhythm section is hard core, outstanding vocalists, soloists and guests. We are proud to welcome the PMO into the family of great Latin Orchestras. You do us proud!' (Arturo O'Farrill, October 16, 2012)
'Nice CD. Swings off the doors.......'
(Andres Padua, www.HardSalsa.com, November 2012)
'This is an incredible CD by an incredible band! Masterfully written and produced.. Check it out, you definitely won't be disappointed. Enjoy!!!!' (Harry Melchior, Program Director at swissgroove.ch, October 10, 2012)
'Pacific Mambo Orchestra’s star-studded, groundbreaking studio debut takes Latin Big Band to dizzying new heights. Led by pianist Christian Tumalan and trumpeter Steffen Kuehn, this 19-piece ensemble injects the Big Band sounds of the 1940s through 1960s with a fresh, contemporary sound and a diverse range of musical influences. Among the eight original and two cover classic tunes in this CD you’ll find everything from highly danceable Salsa, Bachata and Cha-Cha, to sweeping romantic ballads, with traces of American Jazz, R&B, Classical and Afro-Cuban music scattered throughout. The songs pay tribute to the pioneers in each genre, while paving the way to a bold new 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, award-winning 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)
'The Mambo has returned for real. A new and exciting Big Band, the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, is establishing a presence in California, and it is just a matter of time before it receives much wider as well. Modern touches aside, the thing that really makes this recording work for us is the depth and beauty of the arrangements, particularly in the saxophone section. This is what Big Bands are supposed to be about - a full, rich sound that leaves you and the room satisfied. Right now, this ensemble is primarily a Bay Area phenomenon, but if it survives the perils that constantly threaten all groups of this size, we think that it's just a matter of time before it achieves national attention.' (Bill Tilford, Timba.com, September 2012)