Alfredo de la Fé

cd cover With Latitudes, Cuban-born, New York-bred electric violinist and classical strings wizard Alfredo de la Fé unleashes an uncompromising musical statement rooted in New York's venerable salsa tradition. De la Fé heads a first-class ensemble featuring the searing vocals of Armando Miranda, Rodrigo Rodriguez and chorus, with strings, tres, and a robust array of trombones, trumpets, flugelhorn, reeds, keyboards and Afro-Latin percussion. De la Fé presents six of his own compositions, including the celebratory "Latin New York," "Somos el Nuevo Milenio" (an appeal to pan-Latin cultural identity), "Descarga Melao," a charanga-flavored blowout, and "Batusalsa," a seamless essay of Latin America's intersecting African percussive traditions. De la Fé also draws on Chucho Valdés ("Xiomara") and Eddie Palmieri ("Muñeca"), plus an unconventional approach to the traditional repertoire, as in the compelling salsa-rap arrangement of "Sandra Mora." - Michael Stone

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