CONEXION LATINA was founded in 1980 by trombone player Rudi Fuesers who discovered the fascination of salsa music on a trip to Puerto Rico. From the beginning the orchestra was formed of musicians from different Latin American countries like Venezuela, Cuba, Peru, Puerto Rico, Jamaica - an original mixture that gives the band its unique sound and made it Europe's leading salsa orchestra. CONEXION LATINA was featured on salsa festivals together with such as Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Rubén Blades, Irakere, Willie Colon and Eddie Palmieri and recorded their debut album named "Calorcito" in 1984. Among the members and guest musicians of CONEXION LATINA were Benny Bailey, Joe Gallardo, Guillermo Marchena, Nicky Marrero, Don Rader, Freddie Santiago, Hector Martignon and Bobby Stern, to name just a few. The high quality of CONEXION LATINA's music is also due to first-class arrangers from Puerto Rico, USA, Venezuela and Colombia, among them Luis Garcia, Eddie Martinez, Marty Sheller, Gil López, Oscar HernŔndez - and Alberto Naranjo.
After Naranjo had done some arrangements for CONEXION LATINA's previous CD, "La Conexion," the band decided to invite him to operate as the artistic director for the recording of their new CD, "Mambo Nights." The leader of the Venezuelan band El Trabuco Venezolano, Naranjo has proved a special taste for the new and different in salsa music. For "Mambo Nights", he provided two new compositions and arranged three more pieces by other writers. Says Naranjo: "Working with CONEXION LATINA was a very happy experience. Painstaking care was given to blend dynamics, phrasing and swing. The harmonic complexities and rhythm formulas are second to none. The voices of Javier Plaza, Osvaldo Fajardo and Yma America and the guest soloists Dusko Goykovich, Bobby Shew and Adrian Mears stir up our senses for the music is played with all the intensity that reflects our lives. This project with CONEXION LATINA is one of the most accurate representations of Latin Jazz and Salsa to date."
Calorcito (ENJ-4072 2), Mambo 2000 (ENJ-7055 2), La Conexion (ENJ-9065 2)
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