AY QUE BOOGALOO! IS OUT FEBRUARY 18, 2018 ON CHACO WORLD MUSIC
SPANGLISH FLY, the critically acclaimed 11-piece Latin boogaloo group, has confirmed details on their upcoming album Ay Que Boogaloo!, due out February 18th on Chaco World Music, the label founded by Latin Grammy nominated producer and composer Chaco (Manuel Garcia Orozco). In his liner notes, Bobby Sanabria calls the record "a combination of great musicianship, clever songwriting, and slick arranging. And guess what Pilgrims? You can dance to it too!"
SPANGLISH FLY burst onto the scene in 2009, when DJ Jonny Semi-Colon (Jonathan Goldman) started noticing that what really shook the dance floor was Latin boogaloo, late-60s records by Joe Cuba, Joe Bataan, Mongo Santamaria, etc. He knew he had to form a band to play the music live in the place where it began, New York City. Soon, SPANGLISH FLY was dazzling audiences at venues such as the Apollo, the Blue Note, BB King's, SOB’s, and Brooklyn Bowl, including opening for boogaloo legends Joe Bataan and Johnny Colón. Over the years, the band has toured the US east coast, bringing the party to festivals such as Charlotte's Latin American Fest and Massachusetts' Green River Festival, and to arts institutions such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Recording for the labels Electric Cowbell and Chaco World Music, they have worked with legendary Fania producer Harvey Averne (Eddie Palmieri, Machito), Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout) and the crew at Brooklyn's Truth and Soul Records. Their 2015 release New York Boogaloo was hailed as "a seriously wonderful record, full of spectacular, raucous musicianship – a very high quality of musicianship" (World Music Report).
SPANGLISH FLY’s new album, Ay Que Boogaloo! sees the NYC based band continuing to use boogaloo as a musical foundation while taking the genre in new and unexpected directions, incorporating bolero, New Orleans funk, swing jazz, Arabic chant, and other new sounds. The album title, Ay Que Boogaloo! stuck; Goldman states, “we liked this title because it sounds like something your abuela might say…It’s Spanish mixed with English, which is our thing.” The sophomore album is the documentation of the band itself in its current lineup and highlights the double-lead-vocals of Mariella Gonzalez and Paloma Muñoz. Goldman adds, “When I started the band a zillion years ago, I planned to have two women lead singers, inspired by records by Ray Terrace, The Latin Blues Band, and Joey Pastrana. That plan fell by the wayside, but was finally revived with Mariella Gonzalez and Paloma Muñoz, who work together beautifully.” The album also boasts guest appearances by Latin music luminaries Joe Bataan, Snowboy, Flaco Navaja, El Callegueso, and graphic artist Izzy Sanabria to round it out. Goldman and Manuel Garcia-Orozco co-produced the record, and took it to Argentina for final mastering by Eduardo Bergallo.
Ay Que Boogaloo! was recorded in late 2016 to early 2017 in Soundworks Recording Studio in Astoria, Queens and Strange Weather Studio in Brooklyn, NY where the band laid down tracks live, directly to tape. The vibe in the studio was undeniable. At Strange Weather, keyboardist Kenny Bruno’s eyes nearly popped out of his head looking at all the electric pianos and organs. Kenny states, “When I saw that array of keyboards–I wanted to move in ... I had to be dragged away even though I'd been there 12 hours. I think they were ready to call police. Still miss that place.” It was at Strange Weather that singer Gonzalez improvised vocal parts for minutes on end over the salsa section of “You know I’m No Good/Chica Mala Mambo, ” while holding her 6 month-old baby, while the band played on and on, accompanying her in awe. Those were just two examples of how the sessions captured the incredible talent and synergy of the band.
Each song on the album brings something to the party and liner note writer Bobby Sanabria says it best about each song:
“Led by trumpeter Jonathan Goldman, the group has a deep understanding of the music’s roots. In their opener, Bugalú Pa Mi Abuela, they namecheck the genre’s early protagonists. Mongo, Richie Ray, Ray Barretto, Joe Cuba, etc., all get a nod while the band utilizes hand claps, group vocals, breakdowns, humor–all devices that were common to the sound of early boogaloo, but with a subtle clandestine nod to modern Cuban timba. It’s obvious, this is not your Grandma’s boogaloo. Vocalist Joe Bataan’s distinctive vocals, love of R&B, and compositional talent made him a superstar back in the early days of the style. Today he still tours the world enjoying legendary status as one of the music’s founders and elders. He’s featured on a funky cha-cha-son montuno that morphs into a swing feel with scatting and a slight ode to Billy Strayhorn’s A Train. It’s just letting you know why New York Rules [the song that will be premiered over at The Huffingston Post]. If Amy Winehouse would’ve sung in a salsa band, the bolero/son, the rearrangement of You Know I’m No Good gives you a good idea what it would sound like. The band explodes on the up tempo mambo section featuring Morgan Price on the big horn ending with a lone acoustic guitar strumming in rumba flamenca style. And Boogaloo Shoes opens with the horns quoting Lionel Hampton’s 1946 jump blues swing hit, “Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop.” It’s a funky mambo cleverly based on a musical reference from the past and a tribute to the dancers of boogaloo.” That’s just a snapshot of some of the highlights from the album.
SPANGLISH FLY's multicultural cast has origins in Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Japan, Argentina, Colombia, and Upper Manhattan. They come together in New York City to create quintessential music of the urban USA. Fans, whether they've been listening to boogaloo since back in the day or just yesterday, shake their thing to the band's stirring melodies, danceable grooves and instant crowd engagement. It’s no surprise that the songs from the album were recorded under the first days of the Trump-era. Goldman concludes, “In an unspoken way, we were all conscious that the very fact that a multi-ethnic, multi-gender, multi-national, multi-generational group was recording an album of Afro-Caribbean music with lyrics in Spanish and English (and a bit of French and Arabic) was a contribution to the resistance.”
Mariella Gonzalez–lead vocals, coro
Paloma Muñoz–lead vocals, coro
Matt Thomas–tenor sax, coro
Rafael Gomez–bass, acoustic guitar, cuatro, coro
Kenny Bruno–piano, organ, coro
Arei Sekiguchi–timbales, drumkit
Dylan Blanchard–congas, coro
Ronnie Roc–bongo/bell, coro
Teddy Acosta–timbales, percussion, coro
Vera “Trombonita” Kemper–trombone, bass trombone
Edwin ”Machuco” Estremera–soneos and coro
Jonathan Goldman–trumpet, coro, wrangling
With our friends and fam: Manuel Garcia-Orozco–guitar (1,4,10), organ (7), vocals (1)/ John Speck–trombone (3-8,10)/ Morgan Price–bari sax (3,6,8,9)/ Jonathan Flothow–bari sax (4,7)/ Richie Robles–coro (4,7)
Cameos: Charlie Goldman, Imogen Phillips Royo, Louis Price,
Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Associate Producer Hugh Haggerty
Mixed by Vince Chiarito except 4 and 7 mixed by Christian Castagno
Mastering by Eduardo Bergallo at Puro Mastering, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Recorded at Soundworks Recording Studio, Queens NY, and Strange Weather, Brooklyn NY
Recording Engineers: Kamilo Kratc, Matt Breinich, Ben Greenberg, Manuel Garcia-Orozco
Cover art: Victor Rendon
Design: Diego Carranza
Rowan Ricardo Phillips performs “Heralds of Delicioso Coco Helado” (9)
Abderahman El-Yousfi performs "El Ghadi, El Badi" (5)
Special thanks! Bobby Marin, Jamie Favaro, Mónica Carrillo, Isaac Bess, Diana Garcia-Orozco, Matthew Breinich, Mike Bardash, Beth Handman, Jonathan Flothow, DJ Andujar, Salma Abdelnour, Bobby Sanabria, Elena Martinez, Gabo Tomasini, Rose Imperato, Mathew Ramirez Warren, Yne Leal, Sarah Escarraz
Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.
SPANGLISH FLY is NYC’s only band dedicated to reviving and renewing Latin boogaloo, the sound that sprang from the street
corners, and clubs of 1960s Spanish Harlem. Spanglish Fly's 11 members come together to play the mixture of soul, r & b, and Latin rhythms that was born in El Barrio. The band’s live shows are explosive Latin Soul parties featuring dance floors packed with happy listeners....more
Oye, la clave e la llave
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esa si que sabe de clave
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