La Charanga Eterna

COMPOSERS: Traditional Spanish
LABELS: Lusafrica
PERFORMER: Orquesta Aragón
CATALOGUE NO: 362112

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 In turn, Omara Portuondo is one of the guests with ORQUESTA ARAGÓN to help make up one of the year’s strongest traditional Cuban issues. Her number is a degree more passionate than anything on her own CD.

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The band, which goes back 60 years, is the source of the typical string-based sound, and shows resourceful variety in its scoring: active counterpoint with the voice, smooth chords, massed cascades, violin solos instead of flute, all the cue for some light, lively and distinctive playing.