Live at Don Coqui
While I truly enjoy my work as pianist with the Johnny Pacheco Orchestra and my career with big bands, it is performing with my quartet that is at this stage of my music life truly fulfilling muscially and creatively. The music is driving, forceful, soft and uplfiting. I get to sing. I do it all the time in church. Here I sing in English and Spanish and even both in 'Let's Get Away from it All'. There are instrumental selections. All of this is done while watching the audience dance. It inspires. There is nothing like recording live music. The experience is a great challenge and a lot of fun. Andy Gonzalez, Nicky Marrero, Roland Guerrero and Richie Mely join me on this CD. It is always a joy getting together with them. We ae in a constant state of thought when playing music together. It is creative, challenging and at times even spiritual as there appears to be an invisible force which bonds us and lifts us to another place. Joining us as guests on this special ride and CD is Dave Valentin, Steve Turre, Pete Nater and Jimmy Delgado. We are all long time colleagues but more significantly life-long friends. Their unique indvidual styles and sound made this production truly special. We took songs from the American Songbook and Latin American Songbook and infused our own New York City style and spice. Join the live audience as this CD will make you smile, think, feel, sing and even dance.