Spanish Harlem Orchestra is a Latin dance music orchestra based in United States, founded by Pianist Oscar Hernandez and Aaron Levinson. The orchestra was started in 2000 and their debut music album was released on October 2002. Ever since their arrival, Spanish Harlem Orchestra has established itself as a standard bearer of contemporary Latin music.
The orchestra is directed by Oscar Hernandez, arranger and producer of Spanish Harlem Orchestra. The team of thirteen members all star together have reintroduced the classic sounds of New York City salsa to the world wide music lovers. The Spanish Harlem Orchestra has earned global recognition and two Grammys. It is undoubtedly one of the most exciting salsa band in the world. Since their inception, this group has delighted audiences with their spin of own hardcore salsa collaborated with luminaries Ruben Blades and Paul Simon. Though they bring hardcore salsa, they continue to inspire new kind of movements.
United We Sing is the third music album of Spanish Harlem Orchestra. The orchestra continued with the same classic meets contemporary sound in United we Sing album, but with a refreshing originality. Nine songs are original compositions grounded in unique identity and the band has formed based on the musical legacy of El Barrio, a community in New York City that gave rise to Latin Soul, Salsa and Boogaloo. The album is led by Oscar, takes its cue from peak of Tito Puente and other bandleaders of mid to late 20’s.
The coordinated horn blasts the snap in and out with regularity, percussion is amazing, the nuanced solos are impressive and all the vocalists engage politely. Almost every tune here are original and the arrangements by Hernandez, vocalists and others are polished with perfection. The song is upbeat and features Oscar introducing members of band and opening the show.
Spanish Harlem Orchestra pays tribute to the legacy of Manhattans Palladium Ballroom with ‘ En EI Tiempo Del Palladium ’ that catered mambo dancers. The rest of the album will satisfy salsa lovers with ‘Que Bonito’ and ‘Salsa Pal Bailador’. Today, United We Sing places Spanish Harlem Orchestra top among Latin music’s band.