Hal Galper says, of Metrotang's CD:
"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."
Chacho Ramirez originals, including
Coco Loco, Full Moon in Philly, Lights Out...
La Banda Ramirez
New recordings (Jan. '18) show our "jazz Latin" work, in tunes such as Palmas (arr. from Eddie Palmieri) and Lucretia the Cat (from Ray Barretto's Other Road album). We've also got Cuban classics (Maria Cervantes, Almendra) and salsa arrangements (Soy Antillana) from Celia Cruz and Tito Puente.
Photo by Charles Diaz
La Banda Ramirez -- urban Latin jazz. Based in Harlem, the music reflects the Latino heritage and the African diaspora in the Caribbean and
in New York City. Our unique repertoire include arrangements of salsa and Latin jazz standards, combining great melodies with dance rhythms.
Regular gig: La Banda Ramirez plays each month on the 1st and 3rd Sunday (9 pm to 1 am), 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.