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La Banda Ramirez | A Family Ting

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A Family Ting

by La Banda Ramirez

Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Little Ting
6:28 $0.99
2. Palmas
7:13 $0.99
3. Medianoche
5:55 $0.99
4. Soy Antillana
5:31 $0.99
5. Lo Que Va a Pasar
5:43 $0.99
6. Mambo Mongo
4:43 $0.99
7. I'm Moanin' Too
5:11 $0.99
8. My Favorite Things
5:29 $0.99
9. Lucretia the Cat
4:22 $0.99
10. Maria Cervantes
4:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
"A Family Ting" jokes on several things (or tings) - The first track is "Little Ting," a lively, fun tune that Ray Barretto played on his album "The Other Road," which didn't market well but has some real gems on it, including the 9th track on our CD, "Lucretia the Cat." Wow! Talk about under the radar!

Another funny ting is that we play "My Favorite Things," or as we might say in New York City, "Da'z wunnamy favorite t'ings." This music we're playing reflects Cuban and Puerto Rican musics in New York City, carrying the drumming of the African diaspora with it. Many musicians congregated in Spanish Harlem and in the Bronx, which is where our dear friend and favorite drum maker lives and works: Juan Figueroa, JRF Percussion. His congas, bongos, and bells draw many great percussionists to his workshop. We play his Latin percussion instruments exclusively. So yes, this is a family ting.

Another aspect of the family is that co-bandleader Chacho Ramirez (and composer of "I'm Moanin' Too" -- hear also his full CD of originals with his band Metrotang, entitled "Lights Out," also available on CDBaby) comes from his Cuban family of entertainers. Chacho's father was born in Cuba, and his uncle, Mario Ramirez, was a singer and dancer who toured Cuba, the U.S., and Europe in the 1930's. Mario worked steadily as entertainer and MC in the Chase Hotel in St. Louis, together with stars such as Mel Tormé, Danny Thomas, and the great Cuban Miguelito Valdez. Family photos on our CD cover show Uncle Mario MC-ing a show with Miguelito Valdez, with Mario's wife "Mrs. Ramirez" singing and dancing with Miguelito Valdez (so says the sign in the lower left corner of the photo). Another photo shows Chacho's father and Mario in 1934; a fourth photo shows a troop of Cuban fighters pointing their guns out a window, dated 1923; someone in there is family.

Another family ting here is that Chacho and his wife Carolyn Steinberg, flutist, co-lead this band La Banda Ramirez. Here they are in a selfie in the NYC subway system, heading to a gig at Pier A. Not shown are congas and flute.

Other favorites on this CD are the Bill O'Connell arrangement of "My Favorite Things," recorded by Dave Valentin, played here with Carolyn's improvisations; Eddie Palmieri's classic "Palmas;" Don Grolnick's beautiful "Medianoche," and ending with one of the roots of it all, "Maria Cervantes," by Noro Morales, a la Tito Puente.

Our band includes the amazing Jack Glottman on piano.
On bass, Michael O'Brien, and Ratzo Harris (tracks 4,5,&7).
Baba Neil Clarke, congas, is our special guest on tracks 4 &7.
Trumpeter extraordinaire Richie Vitale is on tracks 4 & 7.
The beautiful and elegant Corinna Hernandez sings Soy Antillana (lead and coros) on Track 4.
Our brother in music and in life, Mr. Randy Sosa plays congas and timbales throughout.
Many, many thanks to these superb musicians for sharing their art with us.



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