Hal Galper says,
Hal Galper"Lights Out, by percussionist Chacho Ramirez’s quintet Metrotang, pulsates with the heartbeat of urban Latin music. Combining salsa and jazz with his Cuban roots, Chacho has created a contemporary sound that expresses today’s cultural milieu. Whether for listening, dancing or partying, this CD should be in everyone’s collection."
Cuban classics (Almendra, Rico Vasilon, Son de la loma...), salsa arrangements, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Irakere, D'Rivera
La Banda Ramirez
Celia Cruz version, with singer Corina Hernandez and trumpeter Richie Vitale.
Chacho Ramirez originals, including
Coco Loco, Full Moon in Philly, Lights Out...
La Banda Ramirez -- urban Latin jazz. Based in Harlem, the music reflects the Latino heritage, including the African diaspora in the Caribbean and
in New York City. The tunes are by Chacho Ramirez (his Metrotang book) and Latin jazz standards, salsa arrangements, sambas, good for dancing!
Regular gig: La Banda Ramirez plays each month on the 1st and 3rd Sunday (9 pm), at Paris Blues Harlem, 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (Seventh Ave. @ 121st)
We play for parties, galas, fundraisers, weddings, receptions, clubs, restaurants, schools, concerts and festivals.
Photo by Charles Diaz